Cushard started as our Construction Warehouse Associate on September 11, 2023. Cushard is from Grandview, Indiana, but he moved to Evansville to have more time for family. He is excited by the family environment at Gribbins. Cushard said, “Gribbins cares for their employees and is invested in their employees’ happiness. You can help grow the business, but also you can expect the opportunity to grow and expand your career within the company.” His favorite part about his job is the diversity and flexibility that it offers. Cushard likes meeting new people every day and working directly with customers. Before Gribbins, he attended a union trade apprenticeship with the Boilermakers Local 374, and his previous career as a boilermaker provided him with the opportunity to work with various trades in the Industrial Maintenance field, assuming different titles/roles and acquiring diverse knowledge from experienced tradesmen on the job. When asked who inspires him the most, Cushard said, “I am inspired by hard work and success. Nothing feels more inspiring than to see your own hard work or the hard work of others become the progress of success.” Outside of work, he enjoys woodworking and occasionally works with metal, whether it is fabrication or blacksmithing.
Lockridge started as our Construction Warehouse Intern on August 18, 2023. Lockridge was born and raised in Boonville, Indiana. He is excited about the opportunities within the company and to watch the company continue to grow and expand. His favorite part about his job is that the priorities change within the minute, so it keeps him on his toes. Before coming to Gribbins, he studied business at Franklin College for a year and did a lot of hands-on work similar to what he does now, so he felt prepared for this role. When asked what inspires him the most, Lockridge said, “I’m inspired by things that have meaning to me.” When he isn’t at work, he enjoys doing anything outdoors, especially hunting and fishing.
Probus started as our Construction Accounting Intern on August 14, 2023. Probus is from Evansville, Indiana, and attends the University of Southern Indiana. She is double majoring in Accounting and Finance and will graduate in December of 2025. She is excited to learn more about accounting, meet new people, and see the connections between her work here and what she is learning in her classes. Her favorite part about the accounting profession is the diverse tasks that accountants do. There are many different avenues a new grad can take when deciding what to do and where to work, which gives her a sense of comfort knowing there are many options to pursue with her degree. Before Gribbins, Ashley worked at Ashley Furniture where she was responsible for filing, financing applications, ordering necessary furniture, and working with a sales team. When asked who inspires her the most, Probus said, “My biggest inspiration is my sister. She is two years older than me and drives me to do my best in everything. I am inspired by the future we will have together, living near each other and being able to see our hard work pay off.” In her free time, she likes to go plant shopping, crochet, and bake with friends.
Peden started as our Billing Specialist on August 7, 2023. Peden was born at an Air Force hospital in Rapid City, South Dakota. Her parents were born and raised in Evansville, so once her father got out of the Air Force, they all moved back and have been here ever since! She is excited to join a growing and thriving business that has a family atmosphere, and she is proud to be a part of this organization. Her favorite part about her job is that every day is different and not mundane. Before Gribbins, she worked at Equipment Depot for over 12 years. There, she learned a lot about billing, collections, rental coordination, dispatch, and logistics. Other places she’s worked include MH Equipment, Deig Brothers, and most recently, Frontier-Kemper Constructors. When asked who inspires her the most, Peden said, “I live my life just trying to be a better version of myself from the previous day. I’d have to say that even though my children are grown, they inspire me.” Outside of work, she likes to stay busy and play in her dart league.
A Remarkable Journey of Growth and Success
In the fast-paced world of business, recognition and career growth are cherished milestones that reflect dedication and proficiency. Gribbins recently celebrated the promotion of Joy Veatch from Assistant Controller to Controller. With her exceptional skills, unwavering commitment, and proven track record of success, Joy has been an invaluable asset to the company for over six years.
Years of Dedication
March 2017 marked the beginning of Joy Veatch’s journey with Gribbins, and over the course of the following six years, she has consistently demonstrated her expertise and dedication. Starting as Assistant Controller, Joy swiftly established herself as a reliable and resourceful member of the team, working diligently to support the company’s financial operations and contribute to its overall success.
Passion for Development and Problem-Solving
One of the key aspects that Joy enjoys most about her job is her ability to help the team develop their skills and improve as a cohesive business unit. By utilizing her problem-solving and analytical skills, she has been instrumental in driving the company forward. Joy’s role encompasses both accounting and project functions, providing her with a fulfilling and diverse range of responsibilities. Her passion for problem-solving and data analysis has been a driving force behind her career satisfaction and success.
A New Chapter Begins
On July 1, 2023, Joy Veatch’s hard work and exceptional abilities were officially recognized as she assumed her new position as Controller at Gribbins. This promotion not only marks a significant milestone in her career but also serves as a testament to her relentless pursuit of excellence. Kevin Rock, Vice President of Finance, said, “Joy has proven over her tenure that she is a key contributor to the Gribbins portfolio of companies. Joy is a great complement to myself and has helped me get up to speed very quickly by being dependable, trustworthy, and knowledgeable in key areas. I look forward to working with Joy on continuing to develop her talent while setting up Gribbins Specialty Group for continued growth and success. Congratulations Joy! Well deserved!”
Envisioning Growth and Development
As Joy embraces her new role, she looks forward to honing her skills in financial analysis and statement development. Her desire to expand her knowledge and expertise is a testament to her commitment to personal growth. By collaborating with her peers and learning from their experiences, Joy aims to navigate this new phase of her career with confidence and competence.
Joy Veatch’s promotion from Assistant Controller to Controller at Gribbins is a well-deserved recognition of her exceptional contributions to the company. Over the past six years, she has showcased her passion for helping the team grow, her problem-solving skills, and her dedication to delivering outstanding results. As she embarks on this new chapter, we can expect Joy to continue making significant strides in her professional journey, propelling both herself and Gribbins to new levels of success.
At Gribbins, we believe in the power of education and partnerships to transform lives. That’s why we are thrilled to announce our collaboration with EVSC OptIN (Opportunities through Partnerships that Transform and Inspire) and SICTIC (Southern Indiana Career & Technical Center) in hiring Riley Mattingly, one of our new Insulators from Harrison High School. This partnership exemplifies our commitment to providing high-wage, high-demand career opportunities to students while supporting their interests, strengths, and aspirations.
OptIN’s Mission: Opening Pathways to Success
OptIN’s mission aligns perfectly with our values. By introducing, exploring, and preparing EVSC students for various career pathways, OptIN aims to equip them with the essential skills and knowledge necessary for success in today’s workforce. This community collaboration also plays a vital role in guiding students and parents as they make informed decisions about their future careers.
The Power of OptIN: Unleashing Student Potential
OptIN, Opportunities through Partnerships that Transform and Inspire, goes beyond traditional education by empowering students to make choices that best match their interests and strengths. Through OptIN, students gain a clear path to success, whether they choose post-secondary education or a direct career path. By connecting EVSC students with high-quality employers like Gribbins, OptIN ensures that their skills and talents find the right opportunities. “Embracing the EVSC OptIN program and engaging with SICTIC has been a transformative journey, fueling my passion for innovation and technology. Now, I have all the skills to help better my community,” Riley said.
The Cutting-Edge SICTIC: Nurturing Talent, Unleashing Innovation
SICTIC, the Southern Indiana Career & Technical Center, stands as a testament to the EVSC’s commitment to providing advanced career and technical education. With access to state-of-the-art facilities, emerging technologies, and hands-on training, students from various counties have the opportunity to excel in their chosen fields. The diverse range of programs, spanning trade and industry, business, marketing, health science, and more, offers students a comprehensive educational experience.
Collaborative Learning: Bridging Academia and Industry
One of the key strengths of the Career and Technical Education programs at SICTIC is the collaboration between educators and business/industry representatives. With personal occupational experience, teachers bring real-world insights to the classroom, combining theoretical knowledge with practical applications. The presence of business advisory committees further ensures that curricula remain relevant, equipment needs are met, and up-to-date information about career opportunities and workforce demands are shared.
The partnership between Gribbins, OptIN, and SICTIC represents a significant step towards empowering students like Riley. By providing a clear path for success, offering essential skills development, and connecting students with high-quality employers, this collaboration serves as a beacon of hope for the future workforce. We are honored to welcome Riley and are excited to witness the transformative journey that awaits both him and Gribbins. Together, we will continue to inspire and prepare the next generation for prosperous careers in the evolving industries of tomorrow.