For Howard Livingston, quality control manager in South Florida, joining Ozinga was a natural choice. He was first introduced to the Ozinga culture in 2012 while working for Verifi LLC, an automated system provider that works with Ozinga. At the time, Howard was a service manager and was responsible for implementing, servicing and overseeing installations. Despite being a Florida resident himself, Howard traveled extensively to various Ozinga sites in the Midwest for seven years and interacted on a daily basis with drivers, mechanics and quality control coworkers.
“The combination of great attitudes, attention to detail, push for quality, innovation and small-company feel made me want to be a part of the company,” said Howard.
What he didn’t realize was that the groundwork was already being paved for Ozinga to start operations in South Florida. In 2017, when Ozinga was in the early stages of opening in the South Florida marketplace, Howard started visiting the Miami location as part of his job with Verifi LLC. When he heard Ozinga was searching for a quality control manager, he applied and got the job.
Howard embraced his new role with Ozinga right away. Besides handling his daily responsibilities, he has even encouraged his coworkers to become more involved in community outreach initiatives. Since 2015, Howard and his wife have been supporters of Red Nose Day, a funding program to keep kids safe, healthy and educated through the sale of red clown noses.
“It’s a fun way to help kids and leave an impression at the same time,” said Howard. “It allows me and my wife to make a difference in a child’s life and it’s all worth it.”
While the sale of noses was halted this year due to Covid-19, Howard didn’t let that dampen his spirits. Instead, he passed out individually wrapped bracelets to his coworkers to draw awareness to the charity. Next year, he hopes to get more people involved.
Howard says Ozinga encourages him to be better because the company’s purpose to make a positive impact on individuals, their families and the community for generations is lived out not just talked about.
“I already knew the culture and company would be a great fit for me and my wife,” said Howard. “Eighteen months have passed, and we are so glad we made the decision.”