Our newest COE Warrior is Ashley Bukovac from our Accounting Department. Ashley began at COE as an intern and quickly transitioned into a full-time role. She has grown and learned a lot within the company and will continue to do so, with the dedication she showcases every day. She was passed the helmet from Bob Showalter, our Freight Specialist, who says that she is always on top of and super helpful with handling all invoices. See what Ashley had to say about receiving the honor below.

Share some fun facts about yourself!

My two favorite seasons are Summer and Fall. I’ve always hated running, but I’m trying to learn to love it. My dog is my life. The beach is definitely my favorite place to be, but I like doing just about anything outdoors including hunting, fishing, going on hikes, bike rides, etc.

What does winning the warrior helmet mean to you?

I feel extremely grateful and honored to have received this award. In a time like this, it is especially nice to be a part of such an amazing group of people who appreciate you.

What did you or what do you look for when it comes to choosing the next recipient?

When choosing the next recipient, I looked for someone who is dedicated and passionate about the success of COE and is willing to help anyone at any time; a true team player.

How has COE helped you to get where you are?

I started out as an intern at COE and was lucky enough to transition into a full-time position with the company after graduating college. COE has taught me how great it feels to be a part of such a successful company and how important it is to strive to be the very best I can be every single day, not only at work, but outside of work as well.

What goals do you want to achieve and how can COE help get you there?

As far as goals go, I would say I would like to continue learning new things as much as possible and hopefully take on more responsibility within the company. I believe that COE will help me to achieve this because I feel that I am surrounded by successful, motivational leaders and coworkers.

What is your favorite part of our employee engagement programs at COE and why?

COE does a great job at making employees feel like they are part of a team and that they are truly appreciated. I think this is one of the many things that makes COE stand out from a lot of other employers. By creating this type of environment, I believe that we all come to work and try our hardest to help with the success of the company. JD has gone above and beyond to keep all of us in the loop during these tough times and ensure us that we will get through it each and every day, which I think we are all truly thankful for.

What are you most excited for when it comes to our Penguin partnership?

I am most excited for the opportunities this partnership has brought and will continue to bring to our company. I think it’s really awesome that COE and the Pittsburgh Penguins are two completely different companies, but share the same values and go above and beyond for their employees and customers. I am also really looking forward to attending a Pen’s game!

What COE value do you think you’re the strongest in and why?

I think the COE value I’m strongest in is teamwork. Every day I find myself working with different departments to make sure I am staying on top of things and helping out wherever I am needed. I am able to learn so many new things just by making a phone call or sending an email.