Finding her niche

Tamara Palefsky
When Tamara Palefsky joined United States Cold Storage ("USCS") in the summer of 2008, she was jobless and temporarily living at home in Tracy, California. Dad, Steve Palefsky, was Operations Manager at USCS Tracy and it was Steve who persuaded Tamara to take a temporary position as Shipping & Receiving Clerk. Within four years, her natural interest and aptitude for operations helped her rise through the ranks to Assistant Superintendent and the customer knowledge and communication skills she gained along the way helped open other doors too.

In 2016, USCS selected Tamara for an eight-month business analyst programme at its Voorhees headquarters in New Jersey. There, she provided real-life operations and customer needs information to IT programmers working on the company's new PHENIX platform, which consolidates USCS's warehouse, transportation and online management systems into a single, web-based information platform.

After this, the company shifted Tamara into broader Northern California roles related to continuous improvement and enhancing customer-warehouse interface and in January 2018, she was promoted again to Western Region Manager of Continuous Improvement and Measuring Achievement through Recognition and Coaching ("MARC").

"It's always great to see individuals develop and in some cases create their own roles as they grow. Tamara definitely fits this description, as she has continued to challenge herself," says Chris Harrington, USCS Director, Northern Central Valley – California.

For her part Tamara feels as though she's grown in a job that is well suited to her natural interests and over the last dozen years, USCS has become like a second family to her: "There are many things I love about my current role, but I guess if I had to pick one, it would be the ability to create special relationships with everyone around the company." she says. "It is truly special to walk into a facility and know everyone from every department, and not only know them, but call them friend."
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Scott Cup 2020

Finding her niche

Finding her niche

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International Women's Day 2020

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