Employee Spotlight, Andee Bragg

What’s your favorite thing about working here? I enjoy working with many different clients, and different job families within manufacturing. With every conversation I’m having in the market, it’s a total learning experience for me. I’m always growing, and never feel like I’ve learned it all, or complacent in my role.

What’s the most interesting project you’ve worked on since joining the company? I would have to say the VP of HR role. This was a much-needed role on the executive leadership team for a fast-growing publicly-traded company with Indiana roots. It required major transformation initiatives. I love working on roles that I know I’m placing someone that will make a big difference in the expansion of the business moving forward. It’s rewarding not only for me but for the person going into it. Very exciting to be a part of those stories!

What’s the best career advice you’ve ever received? I have had amazing mentors/leaders throughout my career and what I have learned is to be truly good at this recruiting thing is the actual connection. Take the time to listen to people, and get to know them. Be the person they know they can come to. It takes extra time. It could mean lengthier calls, but I’ve had candidates turn into clients with hiring needs because they trust me, and they know I’m going to shoot it straight with them every time.

What’s your favorite hobby or pastime outside of work? I love exploring. I love running and hiking. Getting outside is good for the soul.

If you could trade places with anyone for a day, who would it be and why? Larry David. I think his comedic take on sweating the small stuff is amazing! I am certainly someone that overanalyzes everything but when he does it, he’s hilarious and makes a ton of money doing it. I love his humor and think he’s truly a genius. He’s “prett-ay, prett-ay good”!

What’s your favorite book, movie, or TV show? The Woman who Smashed Codes by Jason Fagone- it’s a story about my Great-Great-Great Aunt Elizebeth Smith Friedman, a cryptanalyst who broke enemy codes in both world wars. At the time, men took credit for her work. Jason Fagone’s research on her uncovered what an American hero she was and is now being celebrated for it 100 years later..

What’s something people would be surprised to know about you? I ran the LA Marathon in 2018.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done? I grew up and lived in Fort Wayne, IN for the first 28 years of my life. I graduated from Purdue in Fort Wayne, never left the city. I was offered a job at Sony Pictures in LA and left Fort Wayne a week later. My now husband (at the time boyfriend) quit his job to move with me. We had little money, and one income and it was the best decision we ever made. That risk was rewarding in a lot of ways professionally and personally.

What’s your favorite quote or mantra that helps you stay motivated? The courage to be vulnerable is not about winning or losing, it’s about the courage to show up when you can’t predict or control the outcome.”  – Brene Brown