Next in our “Meet The Staff” Blog Series, I’d like to introduce you to someone who has possibly one of the most diverse employment backgrounds as anyone could have, Jimmy Horvath. Definitely a “rocker” at heart, but he is also one of the most thoughtful people we could ever work with. Using his knowledge from past jobs towards all elements of his position here, we feel very lucky to have had him join our “Whatter’s Family” almost five years ago. And nowadays you may very well see him zipping all across town in one of our SW/RW Delivery Vans, like a pro! Please take a few minutes to read a little more about this great guy:
When did you first start at Sew What? What were you originally hired to do, and how have your duties changed since working here?
I originally started back in March of 2015, to help in the QC Department (helping pull out, inspect, fold, package, and finalize orders both with rental items and custom drapery, as well as cleaning, inspecting, re-folding, and storing return rental drapery and theatrical drapery gear, too). I ended up staying in that department for about a year and a half. Then I moved over to become a general warehouse “assistant”—helping primarily with all types of warehouse duties, but especially aiding with rental gear preparations, repairs, cleaning, inspecting, packaging, etc. I stayed there for about another year and a half, and then a fantastic opportunity came up for me to become the SW/RW company driver—and I have been doing that ever since! I still offer assistance in the warehouse in whichever department might need a little help when I’m not busy doing runs, but overall I’m typically on the road driving from venue to arena to church to theatre, all over Southern California.
What kind of work did you do before coming to Sew What?
I started out in construction, working almost a decade doing all kinds of home remodeling and renovation projects (bathrooms, kitchens, dens, and things like that). At the same time, I also worked part time at an electronics company doing ultrasonic wire bonders for circuit boards of all kinds (phones and such), which definitely taught me to keep an eye on details! Right before coming to SW, I had been working at Home Depot in their building and lumber, garden, and plumbing departments. This variety of fields has given me a wide variety of random knowledge regarding construction applications, carpentry, power and hand tools, gardening, and everything in between.
Do you have a special talent?
I would have to say I have a talent for music, percussion, and rhythm, as I have been involved in music and percussion instruments since I was about 6 years old. Apparently I used to drive my mom nuts by banging on her pots and pans all the time, making a general ruckus. But she decided rather than scolding me that she would encourage me instead. So she bought me a paper drum kit (a Mickey Mouse one—a true classic!), and my love for all things music and drumming-related has grown more and more ever since.
What is your favorite sports team/TV Show/Book/Movie?
I do not watch a lot of TV, but I honestly love lounging at home watching movies on TV—all kinds of genres, but especially thrillers and action movies.
What are some of your hobbies?
I sincerely enjoy talking on the phone and Face Timing with my extended family in Ohio, where my mom, son, granddaughter, and grandson all still live. I have also been a drummer/percussionist in several bands since I was young, and I have loved performing live on stage as much as possible. I also especially enjoy going to live hard rock and metal concerts around town whenever I can, too. Additionally, I consider myself an “automotive nut” and love to work on my Chevy truck and tinker on all kinds of mechanical things in my spare time.
If you could take a vacation to anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
I have always dreamed of someday going to Romania, and more specifically Transylvania, to see the Bran (Dracula) Castle in person. Being able to immerse myself in all of the extremely fascinating gothic architecture and culture would be completely amazing.
What project have you worked on recently that was interesting or challenging?
I have been helping our Operations Manager on several recent upgrades to the SW building’s outside façade (fence painting, squirrel feeder, etc.), as well as doing some cabinetry repair work in the kitchen, which has been pretty interesting. I never would have thought that I could apply the skills from my many years in construction here, so it was very cool to be able to offer my experience and knowledge to this company, too.
As far as challenging, well, anyone who drives regularly in Los Angeles or Orange County can attest to the fact that most drivers out there are crazy. (LOL!) So, working out alternative routes when a Sig Alert hits our area, figuring out frontage and side roads in busier areas of the city, learning how different venues handle drop offs and pickups on-site, and discovering the best on-and off-ramps for regular deliveries has been a challenge to say the least. But now I can get practically anywhere in town without nearly as many delays, which has also been absolutely invaluable!
What is your favorite memory/circumstance/event from being part of the Sew What? family?
I really enjoy all of the celebrations, pot lucks, and other unique get-togethers that we have regularly here at Sew What….But to be honest, I look forward to our Annual Christmas Party the most.. Games, food, music, White Elephant gift exchange, and of course, lots of laughing!
Anything more about your time here at SW?
I truly appreciate that Sew What? likes to take care of their staff, unlike anywhere else I’ve ever worked. Since it’s a family-owned business, they treat their employees as individuals and utilize our multiple skills and talents in various ways. I also want to say again that I genuinely have a lot of fun at all of the special events they like to have around here, too!