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ack in 2004, when Phoenix Feeds & Nutrition dropped their hat
into the dairy feed industry, Cory Paquin was there. Fast forward to
2016 as he reflects on his time with the company, "The thing that is most
rewarding for me concerning my career at PFN is seeing how much we
have grown over the years and knowing that I have had a part in growing
the company from an old flat storage barn to the state-of-the-art facility
we have today. It gives me a huge sense of accomplishment-and it's
worthwhile to remember where we started and where we are today." Cory
has developed a broad range of skills while on the job-beginning as a
feed mixer operator, then serving as quality control manager, DOT and
safety coordinator, special projects manager, and now as mill operations
manager-making him Phoenix's go-to guy and a great example of the
benefits of employee cross-training.
Growing up on the family farm in Panton, Vermont with three brothers
and a sister, Cory speaks glowingly of his childhood, "We had a lot of fun
together and there was never a dull moment. We were always able to keep
busy doing things." This native Vermonter has continued to stay busy,
working from his youth building and installing docks up and down Lake
Champlain, spending several years at another local dairy feed company,
trying his hand at carpentry for a short time, then almost fifteen years ago
accepting a position at Kimball Bakery Feeds, which then became the
start-up Phoenix Feeds & Nutrition.
Cory asserts that he has learned a great deal about the ins and outs of
dairy feed operations during his employ, "I have a good understanding
of what it takes for the mill to run on a day-to-day basis, which allows
me to help out or do just about anything that may have to be done, from
emptying bags to overseeing a large project such as the construction of
our new mill." He credits his father's advice for having an impact on his
career and life. "He taught me to have a good work ethic, be respectful,
and to look at the positive side of life and whatever challenges I may face
at work."
Finding balance between the long hours at work and his home life is
vital to Cory. "When I'm at work I put one hundred percent into my work
and try to have a positive outlook no matter what may be thrown my way,
but when I leave work I make it a point to try and leave work at work
and not bring it home with me." This philosophy is no doubt appreciated
by his fiancée Hilary and three children, Eli (age 16), Christien (age 14),
and Raigan (age 2). Besides enjoying time spent with his family and
friends, Cory indulges in his hobbies of hunting and fishing. His love
for Vermont's landscape and natural resources is tempered by a wish "to
see the state become less expensive to live in." Despite the pressures of
working at an expanding and bustling dairy feed mill, he insists that the
greatest stresses in his life arise from "making the best decisions possible
in life concerning my family."
Co-workers agree that Cory is always on the move at work-"ask Cory"
or "go find Cory" are familiar refrains. As in any growing organization,
"it takes organization and planning on a weekly basis," he states. "We
have a good team at PFN, which is a big help in accomplishing the tasks
that have to be done." As for the past several years of mill renovation
and modernization, what does Phoenix's first-ever employee think?
"I am very excited about the recent upgrades at PFN. It will allow for
better streamlining of the dairy feed manufacturing process and will be
a huge help in meeting the new federal regulations set forward by the
government."
Cory's friendly and relaxed demeanor might lull one into thinking that
he's satisfied with his lot in life, but he insists that "I would like to make
the time to expand my education so it will allow me to keep growing
and moving up as PFN continues to thrive." Company president David
Santos has encouraged Cory to accept new responsibilities, to learn new
skills, and to take advantage of professional education opportunities,

emphasizing that "The key for any growing business to achieve success
long-term is with employee retention. Identifying key people like Cory in
your organization and investing in their continued education and training
is essential to any business. Cory's years of cross-training and devotion
to our business has made him a great leader, which in my mind is more
important than just being a good manager. Leaders are the keystone to
continued growth and success."
So how to sum up Cory Paquin's twelve years of freezing winters
and dusty hot summers working with tons and tons of feed ingredients,
late night equipment break-downs, last-minute orders, and interrupted
holidays and weekends? Dedication.

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