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New Year, New Perspectives – Cooper Smith

It’s a new year, folks, and we’ve got some new faces at L&P! During the past few weeks, we’ve been introducing you to several of our most recent hires and their thoughts on the year ahead.

Meet Cooper Smith, an Internal Auditor at L&P. He started with us in December!

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What brought you to Leggett?
I was an Internal Audit Intern at L&P during the summer of 2016. I got to travel to our branches in Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Canada, and Utah. Since I enjoyed my internship very much, I applied for a full-time position and started as Internal Auditor after I graduated in December. The atmosphere here is very cool – friendly and laid-back.

What’s something surprising about you?
I volunteer with my church every Wednesday night by leading a small group of teenage guys. I participated in a small group as a high school student, and it was very foundational for me during those years. So, leading a small group and giving back has been very near and dear to my heart.

What’s your biggest goal for 2017?
Coming into a new job, I simply want to learn all that I can. Being young and fresh out of college, I have an incredible opportunity to learn and soak up all I can from my colleagues. Additionally, I would love to go to Europe at some point; I’m not sure if I’ll get there this year, but someday!

New Year, New Perspectives – Stephanie Stidham

It’s a new year, folks, and we’ve got some new faces at L&P! During the past few weeks, we’ve been introducing you to several of our most recent hires and their thoughts on the year ahead.

Meet Stephanie Stidham. She’s a Staff Tax Accountant, and she started her role at L&P in September.

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What brought you to Leggett?
Leggett & Platt has a very good reputation as a place you can land long-term. I have a couple of friends who work at L&P, and they raved about the friendly atmosphere. I had been in Fort Bragg, North Carolina with my husband for 3 years, and when we decided to move back to this area, I applied at Leggett. Everyone is very down-to-earth and makes me feel welcome.

What’s something surprising about you?
As a mother of two, I care about products that are safe and inexpensive. So, I sell a line of natural cleaning products designed to be toxin-free and affordable. My staple is a microfiber cloth that helps with cleaning – I only use water with it and don’t need to have a lot of chemicals in my house!

What’s your biggest goal for 2017?
In the Tax Department, everyone keeps telling me it’ll take about a year to get the hang of things. So, I want to keep working to understand my role and how it changes through an entire tax and accounting cycle.

New Year, New Perspectives – Katherine Salgado

It’s a new year, folks, and we’ve got some new faces at L&P! Over the next few weeks, we’re introducing you to several of our most recent hires and their thoughts on the year ahead.

Meet Katherine Salgado, our Employee Relations Assistant in Human Resources. She started with L&P in October.

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What brought you to L&P?
I guess you could say my family is a “Leggett family.” My mom and dad used to work at Branch One (one of Leggett’s branches that manufactures coil mattress units). I pursued an international business degree in college, and I’ve always loved that Leggett has an international focus while still having a central location in my hometown.

What is something surprising about you?

I used to be a nanny, and it allowed me to travel on an amazing trip to Turks and Caicos. I still keep in touch with the family I worked for and loved the opportunity while it lasted.

What is your biggest goal for 2017?

I want to get back into running. I’ve completed one marathon, which was a huge accomplishment for me. I’ve also completed 8 half marathons, but then I stopped running. So, I’d love to get back into running shorter distances. Maybe if I sign up for a 5K, I’ll be motivated to get back into it!

New Year, New Perspectives – Katrina Richards

It’s a new year, folks, and we’ve got some new faces at L&P! Over the next few weeks, we’re introducing you to several of our most recent hires and their thoughts on the year ahead.

Meet Katrina Richards. She’s Leggett’s Assistant General Counsel & Litigation Attorney, and she started with us in September.

Katrina Richards

What brought you to L&P?
In law school, I studied corporate law and business law. After several years of doing tort law, I wanted to finally practice what I had learned. I’m originally from New Mexico, but there is something about the green landscapes and the people in Southwest Missouri that I absolutely love. Leggett has always been considered a great place to work, so when a litigation position opened, I knew I had to apply for it. I’m so glad I did.

What is something surprising about you?
I have been performing with the Siblings Improv group at JB’s in Joplin, Missouri and a few private functions. In the past, I have also been in two musicals: South Pacific and Godspell.

What is your biggest goal for 2017?
We have a group of employees at Corporate who play soccer over the lunch hour. I plan on playing soccer with them as soon as it warms up to help me train for a 6-mile race. I would also like to make it to a beach (any beach!) this year with my family.

New Year, New Perspectives – Seth Hackney

It’s a new year, folks, and we’ve got some new faces at L&P! Over the next few weeks, we’ll introduce you to several of our most recent hires and their thoughts on the year ahead.

Up first, meet Seth Hackney. He’s a Purchasing Operations Analyst in Corporate Purchasing, and he started his role with L&P in October.

Seth Hackney

What brought you to L&P?
I grew up around Carthage, Missouri, so I have always been familiar with Leggett & Platt. While attending Missouri Southern State University, I noticed Leggett’s active involvement in the community. When the purchasing opportunity came onto my radar, I knew I had to jump on it.

What is something surprising about you?
During my senior year at MSSU, I was an All-American in the shot put! I was one of 12 shot putters in NCAA Division II to throw the qualifying mark to make it to the national championship. Of those 12, I finished in the top 8 during the competition.

What is your biggest goal for 2017?
My role is transitioning into a Buyer position, and simultaneously, we are transitioning to new software. So, my work goal is to get comfortable with that software, since it will be a huge part of what I do as a Buyer. On a personal note, I would love to take at least one vacation with my wife in 2017.

6 Things We Learned in 2016

Happy New Year from Leggett & Platt! As we roll into 2017, we thought we’d recap 2016 with a few of our favorite posts.

We learned that employees are at the heart of our company.

We learned that the legacy of a extraordinary leader still lives on.

We learned that we’re extremely passionate about jobseekers having a positive application experience.

We learned that this article became the most shared piece of content on Life@Leggett!

We learned through Liliana’s story what it means to be dedicated to achieving one’s dreams.

We learned that a Learning & Development photo shoot = Darth Vader helmets?

Redesigned with You in Mind: ABG’s New Website

Our adjustable beds make your life comfortable, simple, and stress-free. A lot of work goes into making sure you enjoy your experience. So we wanted the website to do the same! We’ve redesigned our LP Adjustable Bed Group (ABG) site with you in mind.

We modernized the look and feel, and we streamlined the navigation to provide you easier access to product videos, setup and troubleshooting guides, a comparison guide, and owner’s manuals.

We also included a simplified warranty registration form and a store locator for you to find a nearby ABG retailer. Take a look!

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5 Office Must-Haves: Randi Preece in Environmental Affairs

If you want to get to know Leggett & Platt, you should get to know our people first. What better way for you to do that than by seeing a few of their favorite things.

Randi’s role: Corporate Environmental Auditor

Job in a nutshell: Helping operations maintain federal and state regulatory environmental compliance and implementing the Eco Initiative.

  1. Jacket – My office is freezing!
  2. Calendar – Call me old school, but I can remember better if I physically write down meetings, appointments, and to-do’s.
  3. iPhone Mobile Charging Pack – I travel a few times per month for environmental audits. The charging pack holds three full charges for my iPhone, which allows me to pass time at airports and on flights. I hate worrying about a dead phone!
  4. Coffee – My morning pick-me-up. I prefer two cups in the morning (maybe one in the afternoon) and I take it black — no cream, no sugar.
  5. Map – Whether by map or GPS, I’m always navigating new cities. I have a giant map of the United States on my office wall, and it helps when I’m planning the next few months of travel for work.

Want to see more? Check out the series introduction.

5 Office Must-Haves: Justin Kohley in HR

If you want to get to know Leggett & Platt, you should get to know our people first. What better way for you to do that than by seeing a few of their favorite things.

Justin’s role: Talent Systems Administrator

Job in a nutshell: Managing the systems and data used to recruit, set goals, review performance, develop employees, and conduct succession planning.

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  1. Notebook – Whether scribbling in a notebook or typing in OneNote®, I’m constantly taking notes. These tools help me learn, remember, and stay organized.
  2. Standing Desk – I switched from a regular desk to a standing desk last year and never looked back. Standing makes me feel more energetic and focused throughout the day.
  3. Mjölnir – The hammer of Thor. Because why not.
  4. Dry Erase Board – My office has a 4’ x 6’ metal board which is perfect for sketching mock-ups, tracking projects, and drawing the occasional comic book character.
  5. Coffee – I’m a 2-3 cups-per-day kind of guy. I keep an AeroPress® in my office so that a great cup of coffee is always within reach.

Want to see more? Check out the series introduction.