STAR Employee Spotlight: Wallace Riden

Employee Excellence Wallace Riden

Wallace Riden is currently shining in his role as a Class B driver for Harbin Lumber of Athens, but he didn’t start in that position.

Wallace was hired August 1, 2017 as a yard and warehouse operator. He had no experience in the building industry, but he came in with a great attitude.  During orientation, he showed a glimpse of what was to come with his inquisitiveness and participation.  Sure enough, he worked hard at his job, showing determination, confidence and humility.

Seven months after he started, he was ready to move up. He received his medical card and became a non CDL driver, and eight months later he earned his Class B learner’s permit.

When the time arrived to go for his CDL exam, Wallace was warned that it was tough and that most people don’t pass the first time.  But Wallace did pass.

“I thought they failed everyone the first time just to get your attention,” said Todd Lord, Harbin Lumber of Athens General Manager. “Wallace is the first person I’ve ever known to pass the CDL test the first time.”  

Wallace’s story is a good example about someone starting out on the ground level and working hard with a good attitude and achieving something great.

“Throughout Wallace’s tenure here he’s always had the right attitude – however you define it, it’s him.  He wants to do the right thing and is literally someone who came in with no experience in our industry, took the bull by the horns and earned his entire way,” Lord said.

Way to shine, Wallace!  We look forward to watching and cheering on your continued success.  

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