Click and whirl around in the grass as we head into fall!
Click and whirl around in the grass as we head into fall!
“A father is neither an anchor to hold us back, nor a sail to take us there, but a guiding light whose love shows us the way.” – Unknown
At Step2, we are parents too. You have met some of the moms through our We’re Moms Too blog series and now we’d like to introduce you to some of the dads. These dads have made our family at Step2 complete. Meet the super dads of Step2.
Jack Vresics, CEO & President of The Step2 Holding Company, LLC
Jack has two great kids; his son is 22 years old and his daughter is 20 years old. Jack’s son just graduated from Lehigh University and his daughter is a rising senior at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Jack’s family loves going on vacation. They have enjoyed their vacations on the beaches of New Jersey, North Carolina, Florida, California, Hawaii, Mexico, and the Caribbean. If they aren’t spending a family vacation on the beach, they also enjoy the mountains, skiing in Colorado, or hiking in Europe.
Jack has a lot of great memories that he shares with his children. One in particular is when his kids were much younger, maybe 8 and 6, and they wanted to go ice skating in the city. On their way out of the door, Jack fell down the steps and landed on his back. When he managed to get back up and get to the couch, both of his children looked concerned and began to rub his back to try to comfort him. They let their dad lay on the couch for a whole two minutes before they finally asked if he was ready to go. It turns out, that Jack’s kids were right – ice skating was a lot more fun than lying on the couch.
Jack loves that he has had the privilege of watching his son and daughter become adults. “It has gone way too quickly. I see parts of me in each of them. I can’t help but smile.”
Andy, 20 Year Employee
Andy has four sons that are 14, 12, 8, and 5 years old. He loves to play football, baseball, and basketball with them; along with hiking, bicycling, camping, and traveling together. Andy’s most memorable moment with his children is when they traveled to Germany last year. “I love watching our boys develop into fine young men, each with their own personality and talents.”
John Sinchok, VP of Research and Development
John has three daughters and three sons ranging from 12 to 28 years old.
John’s family spends time together waterskiing, wake boarding, snowboarding, and skiing. They also enjoy camping and canoeing. Each family member has their own ATV that they ride for fun. They also love motorcycles and have music in their blood. Each year, the family makes their own family Christmas card and sends out about 300 cards (check out the collage of Christmas cards above)!
For John, he has many memorable moments with his kids. His fondest memory is skiing together. Sometimes his kids would bring their friends and everyone would hang out at the hotel after skiing all day and play broad games and laugh their heads off.
“My favorite thing about being a dad is spending all that time with all those different personalities that make up our family. Sure there are trying times but anything in life that is worth having is going to take a lot of effort. We have some fantastic memories.”
Jeff Strawn, In-house Photographer/Photoshop Specialist
Jeff has one daughter who is 3 and half years old. He enjoys playing in the park, painting, and eating popcorn with her. One of Jeff’s fondest memories with his daughter so far was the first time she told him she loved him. “I love watching the development of her personality and seeing her learn/fail and overcome the failure.”
James Zahn, Test Drive Blogger
James, the voice behind The Rock Father, has two daughters. His oldest daughter will be 4 years old this summer and his younger daughter will be 1 this month. He loves to garden in the summer with his family. They are also big fans of the park, doing crafts, and exploring music together. While he plays a lot of “Kindie Rock” for the girls, he is also exposing them to some of dad’s favorites along the way.
His most memorable moment with his daughters is when they looked at him and said “Daddy” for the first time. “I’m an at-home Dad, so my favorite thing is being able to spend so much time with the girls, watching them grow and play, each and every day.”
Thank you to the dads at Step2 for not only providing your families with guidance and love but for also being a special member of the Step2 family. Have a wonderful Father’s Day. You deserve it!
Step2 prides itself on being part of the excellent community of Streetsboro, Ohio. Step2 has been a resident of Streetsboro for nineteen years. Actively helping out around the community is something that Step2 enjoys. We are excited to announce that we will be participating in the first annual Streetsboro Employment Expo. The Streetsboro Chamber and City of Streetsboro have united to make this expo possible. The Streetsboro Employment Expo will take place in the gymnasium at Streetsboro High School, 1900 Annalane Drive on Wednesday, March 20 from 5 to 7:30pm.
In addition to Step2 participating in this wonderful event, we are also one of the main sponsors. There will be a total of forty exhibitors that specialize in the industries of retail, commercial, industrial and professional businesses.
For job seekers attending this event, admission is free. Anyone can attend from college graduates, seniors, business professionals, high school graduates, interns, volunteers, to seasonal help. There is an opportunity for everyone!
Step2 is happy to be a team player in a fantastic community such as Streetsboro; we are honored to call this city our home.
We’d like to wish everyone a safe New Year’s celebration and a very happy 2012, from our family here at Step2 to yours!
Family is very important to us here at Step2, so our office will be closed on Monday, January 2nd in observance of the New Year holiday so that we too can celebrate the holiday with our families. We will be back to assist you at 8am ET on Tuesday, January 3rd.
It’s a ton of fun to be at Step2 around around Christmastime. In addition to the fact that we are around toys all day long, it’s exciting to play a role in children’s excitement on Christmas morning.
The Step2 Store, located right in front of our main office, is open to the public year round. They too are having some holiday fun, deeming themselves “Toy Land.” A giant Christmas tree is the focal point of the store and when the little ones enter they are greeted by a mini tree and snowflakes hanging from the ceiling. If you are in the Northeast Ohio area, we welcome you to stop by to check it out. There is a sale going on right now on excess inventory and discontinued items.
The holiday season is all about sharing time with loved ones. In this spirit, the Step2 Elves (our HR department) put together holiday craft bags with a few activities for our little loved ones. Each bag included a holiday stencil, ornament fun coloring sheets, paper plate holiday character craft, and a decorate a gingerbread house sticker sheet.
It also had a letter to Santa. Santa asked that the letter be returned to the Step2 Elves so that it can be delivered to him. The Step2 Elves will post the letters in our cafeteria. The “Elves” have it under good authority that the big guy himself will be happy to send a personalized return letter.
The ladies on our Customer Service team take the cake for the most holiday spirit in the building. Lights and garland line the cubicles, decorations hang on the walls, and Christmas music fills the air from 8am – 5pm ET each day from now until Christmas.
From our family to yours, we wish you a happy holiday and a joyous new year!
The tornadoes that hit the South this Spring impacted many people, including children. Play areas were destroyed impacting children’s ability to go out, play and just be kids.
In an effort to help the victims of the tornadoes, Step2 teamed up with Kids in Distressed Situations, Inc. (K.I.D.S.) to donate 23 slides. Step2 is proud to partner with this organization, which brings hope and self-esteem to more than 4.5 million children and their families each year by providing new clothes, shoes, toys, furniture, books and juvenile products donated by manufacturers and retailers.
The donations are distributed through a network of nearly 1,000 local community social service agencies in the U.S. and abroad. The efforts of K.I.D.S. reach children who are challenged by poverty, homelessness, domestic abuse, low literacy, military family service, major illness, incarcerated family members and disaster survival.
For more information about K.I.D.S., or to find our how you can help, please visit http://www.kidsdonations.org/