Spotlight Series: Meet Jason Mustafa from Warehouse 1

This month we’re meeting Jason Mustafa!

What is your role at Warners’ Stellian?
I’m in charge of the transfers, I’m in charge of bulk in the morning (like water lines, inlets, etc). I unload the trucks, and I stay busy. Sometimes I help with custom installs.


Tell us more about your role.
I really like working. I really like to stay busy. I really like the company.

What do you like most about your job?
Everything. I like learning. Every day is a new day. Why not be open to learning something new?


Tell us about your family.
It’s me and my wife and we have grandkids. I moved from the East Coast. I used to live in Massachusetts and New York.


What was your first job?
My first job was at the company that I worked at before I came here, doing something similar to what I’m doing now.


What do you like to do on your days off?
I take care of the house, spend time with my family, the grandkids. They’re 8 and 3 years old.


What three words would you use to describe Warners’ Stellian?
I only have one word. Awesome. This place is awesome.


What’s your favorite appliance, and why?
My favorite appliance is my fridge/freezer, because I can put ice cream in it!


Tell us something about you that would surprise us or that most people don’t know.
I’m half Puerto Rican, half Arabic. My Dad is from Saudi Arabia and my mom is from Puerto Rico. I was born in Chicago and moved to Puerto Rico when I was 2 or 3, and from there I’ve been to a lot of places, especially on the East Coast. I like traveling.


What is the one thing you cannot live without?

Family. Definitely my family.


If you had to eat one meal, every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Pizza. In New York, especially in Little Italy, the pizza is so good.


What is your favorite thing to do?
Travel.

Spotlight Series: Meet Appliance Specialist Bryt Tyner

This month we’re meeting Bryt Tyner!

What is your role at Warners’ Stellian?
Appliance Specialist/Sales Lead


Tell us more about your role.
In addition to providing excellent customer service to our customers, I assist with minor lead/managerial tasks.


What do you like most about your job?
I enjoy the fact that no day is the same and being able to put smiles on customers faces. I try to make their shopping experience enjoyable and fun. It’s been this way since I’ve been at Warners’ Stellian. Even in delivery and install, I found enjoyment in the variety of the day and happy customers.


Tell us about your family.
I have a large, blended family. My father is the Chief of Minneapolis Fire, both my mother and stepmother are chefs and directors in their departments. I have two sisters, five brothers and two beautiful nephews. I have an AMAZING partner with two children, as well!


What was your first job?
My first job ever was a camp counselor for Hallie Q. Brown, a local day care and summer enrichment program out of the Martin Luther King Center in the Rondo neighborhood. I was 15 then.


What do you like to do on your days off?
Depends on the time of year. I love fishing and camping in the summer. I love to travel and experience new places, new cuisines. I’m a foodie!


What three words would you use to describe Warners’ Stellian?
Flexible. Friendly. Family.


What’s your favorite appliance, and why?
The Frigidaire GCRG3060AF! I got one for my grandmother and we love that thing, with the air fry, convection and internal meat probe! I love to cook. My mom’s a chef. We find every reason to use that thing. It has AMAZING capabilities. I know there are other brands with the same features, but this is my favorite!


Tell us something about you that would surprise us or that most people don’t know.
I am afraid of frogs. A few of the guys on delivery are well aware of this. LOL


What kind of music do you like?
I love all kinds of music.


What is the one thing you cannot live without?
My family


If you had to eat one meal, every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?
My partner’s air fry chicken, mofongo from Raices in Puerto Rico, and asparagus.


What is your favorite thing to do?
Besides work? LOL Sleep.

Spotlight Series: Meet Director of People and Culture Tara Daniski

Meet our Director of People and Culture, Tara Daniski!

What is your role at Warners’ Stellian?
Director of People and Culture.


Tell us more about your role.
My title really does explain my primary focus: our people and culture. Together with Jill and Sara (HR Team Members), we will be focused on the associate experience, engagement, recognition, performance management, and tools and training for managers. The other focus of my role is our culture.

What do people love about working here, what are we doing well that we want to continue to
foster, and where could we improve?

Our goal is to honor the traditions and history that make Warners’ Stellian special and help us take our employee experience and organization to the next level. We’re working on recruiting strategies (including hiring and onboarding a new Talent Acquisition Specialist), career pathing, diversity, equity and inclusion, and tools and resources for associates and managers.


What do you like most about your job?
The people; everyone I have met has been so welcoming. I will be out visiting the locations over the next two months and look forward to meeting as many associates as I can.


Tell us about your family.
My husband Joe and I have two kids. Claire is in 6th grade and Alex is in 2nd grade. We also have a dog named Teddy.


What do you like to do on your days off?
We spend a lot of time on the weekends at our kids’ sporting events. We also took up snowboarding as a family a few years ago, which has made winters much more bearable. I can say with confidence I am the least skilled and most timid of the whole family, but still enjoy it!


What three words would you use to describe Warners’ Stellian?
Family, Dedication, and customer-focus.


What’s your favorite appliance?
My induction stove top. I love that it really does boil water in under a minute, and it’s cool right after the pot comes off.


Tell us something about you that would surprise us or that most people don’t know.
I grew up in a small farming community in eastern South Dakota. We lived out in the country and when I was six, I had a pet pig named Porky! I still have a soft spot for pigs.


What is the one thing you cannot live without?
Coffee.


If you had to eat one meal, every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Cereal.


What is your favorite thing to do?
I love being outside with my family, whether that’s in our backyard, camping, or vacation at a beach, mountain, or National Park.

Spotlight Series: Meet Service Technician Greg McCarthy

Meet Greg McCarthy!
What is your role at Warners’ Stellian?
Appliance Repair.


Tell us more about your role.
I go into people’s houses and repair appliances, whether they’re in or out of warranty. Sometimes it’s a matter of adjusting customers’ expectations; sometimes it’s better to replace older units, and I advise them on that.


What do you like most about your job?
I’m on the road all day, so I’m driving, and it gives me flexibility. Sometimes I can tweak my route if I need to. It’s nice.


Tell us about your family.
I live with my wife of 21 years and our four-year old daughter.
We live in Maplewood.


What was your first job?
I worked in the yard at Frank’s Nursery and Crafts. My job was to haul trees around and take care of the trees, move the mulch and the dirt.

What do you like to do on your days off?
I like to read, I like to watch movies, I like to spend time with my family. We like to hike, we like to camp, I like to spend time in my
woodshop building things.


What three words would you use to describe Warners’ Stellian?
Family, loyalty, reputation.


What’s your favorite appliance, and why?

It’s a toss-up: I have a 1927 Cold Spot fridge.
It still works, and I keep it on the screen porch. I also have a 1950s mint green industrial malt mixer that I found at an antique shop for ridiculously cheap—and because I know how to fix it, I now have a $500 appliance that I got for 70 bucks.


Tell us something about you that would surprise us or that most people don’t know.
I am a second-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, and I used to teach it.


What is the one thing you cannot live without?
Oxygen! But a close second is air conditioning, because I detest being hot!


If you had to eat one meal, every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?
I am a big fan of stuff on the grill – grilled meats. But I could probably eat Kraft macaroni and
cheese all day every day for the rest of my life and not get sick of it.


What is your favorite thing to do?
That’s a toss up between camping with the family—I renovated a truck camper so we go camping with that quite a bit, and I really like building
stuff in my shop.

Spotlight Series: Meet Sales Associate Tanya Williams

Warners' Stellian Sales Associate Tanya Williams in Apple Valley showroom

At Warners’ Stellian, one of our core values is family, and each new employee becomes a member of our family. In our Spotlight Series, we plan to share a deeper look into the talent that contributes to our success each day. This week, let’s meet Sales Associate Tanya Williams.

Describe your typical workday.

Every day is different, but normally the day stats with merchandising my area of the store. From there, I spend my time working with clients, putting together bids for future builder projects or following up on delivered orders. 

What has surprised you most about working at Warners’ Stellian? 

After working in other retail positions, which typically see high turnover, I was surprised to see how many people had been with the company for many years. It is definitely a testament to the positive work environment.

Can you offer advice for people considering a career in sales? 

Sometimes a life on the sales floor can be fast-paced, while other times it remains slow. You need to embrace both and use your time downtime effectively. Downtime provides a great opportunity to pick up the phone and follow up with your customers.

Before going appliance shopping, what should customers know?

Measure your space, and take pictures of the existing appliance. Seeing pictures helps your salesperson answer questions and foresee issues when it comes to fitting your new appliances in the existing space.

What is on your appliance wish list?

I would love to own a combi-steam oven. It allows for faster cooking and better nutrient retention in your food. Plus, food just tastes better!

How do you spend your free time?

I enjoy traveling, going to the theater or exploring historical sites and museums.

Are you interested in joining the Warners’ Stellian family? Apply here!