Kirby actively recruits new teammates rather than advertising open positions to see who applies. This effort is being led by Derek Kowalski (Engineering Supervisor) and Kristy White (Drafting Supervisor). Derek and Kristy have led recruiting teams of Kirby teammates to local schools such as Western Kentucky, Tennessee Tech, Tennessee State, Vanderbilt, UT, and Murray State as well as local technical schools. They are also heavily involved in the Nucor Products Group Core School recruiting efforts. Derek is the leader of the recruiting efforts at Southern Illinois and Kristy is a member of the recruiting team at Purdue University. One of the Focus statements supporting the Five Pillars of Commercial Excellence states in part "We will build the best talent pipeline consisting of the right teammates with the right skills....". This is only one of the many initiatives currently underway at Kirby to help us take better care of our customers and continue to be profitable.