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Stephanie Shinrock

Major: Culinary Food Science



Company/Organization: Smokin' Oak Wood-Fired Pizza
Company/Organization website: http://www.smokinoakpizza.com
Destination: AMES
Timeframe: Summer

Advisor/Coordinator Email: ebeirman@iastate.edu

I was responsible for...
I assisted in the opening of the first franchise location of Smokin' Oak Wood-Fired Pizza. A few of my responsibilities included interviewing, hiring, and training new employees for the opening of our store. Once we were open to the public, I carried typical management responsibilities as shift supervisor. I was also cross-trained in all positions of the restaurant to gain culinary experience.

I accomplished...
My greatest accomplishment would have to be watching the employees I hired and trained become proficient in their skills to teach others. It was such a unique and rewarding experience and to be a part of the opening of a brand new restaurant franchise.

I learned...
When working as a team, we can do incredible things and achieve the "impossible". Even though a situation may seem impossible, everything can be worked through.

Advice for others...
Do not be afraid to jump into new experiences because that experience could become your new passion.

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