After a full year of training embedded at the Dallas branch of Innovative-IDM, Kyle Parry on Saturday will climb into the U-Haul and head toward the Chicago branch -- his original assignment. Kyle came to IIDM straight out of engineering school at U of Wisconsin and has been a huge asset to the Dallas branch.
As a going away lunch, Kyle was asked to invite the six teammates in Dallas who were the most influential in helping him learn the ropes. Although Kyle said he could have picked a dozen, he settled on Carlos Arriaga, Adam Ring, Cyrus Jahani, Mark Stanley, Lonnie Muse and Michael Mueller. Todd, Pep and Gene went along for the ride, too.
The best part of the lunch was when the server put the check down in front of Kyle, and we explained it was customary for the departing employee, after training, to buy lunch for those who helped him the most. After alligator arms, I swear he started to reach for his wallet. Priceless. (No, Kyle did NOT have to sponsor his own going away lunch.)
Best of luck in Chicago, Kyle, and enjoy your new "Don't Mess With Texas" cap. Tim Mueller and that branch are lucky to have you on the way. So are our Chicago customers. -- ph