Make Em Laugh

Posted September 1 2017 in #PeopleFirst

It’s nice when you can get along with your coworkers. It’s even nicer to have coworkers whom you can call friends; and not just nice, fun-to-be-around friends. Good friends. People who are there to support you in both good times and bad.

Erica Schierholz has all of this as a Frontline Operation Manager at Choice Financial in Grand Forks. In particular, she looks up to Chris “CJ” Johnson, Market President in Grand Forks,  as an example of a leader and a friend.

Chris is the kind of guy who is always making people laugh. He’s the guy that dresses up in a kilt for a Christmas video; a guy who photoshops Tennessee Titan jerseys over a photo of the board members because he’s a Titans fan, (“have you ever heard of one?” he asks.) He’s someone who can make people laugh just by the way he says things.

“Chris is pretty much the funniest person alive.”

Look at these Titan’s fans!

“He’ll just walk by and say a comment, and it’s like, who thinks of that,” Erica said. “It’s just the funniest thing in the world.”

But Chris is also there to listen in difficult times. For Erica, this was especially true during a week where a tough employee transition was taking place. Having just moved into a new manager position, Erica had a lot of questions and concerns throughout the process, and Chris was always there.

“It was a week of very difficult conversations and decisions,” Erica said. “Chris let me walk into his office whenever I wanted and was able to handle all my questions.”

For Chris, Choice’s core value of “Know when to ask for help and know when to offer help,” comes to mind. This was an opportunity for him to offer help — and add a bit of fun, too.

Chris “CJ” Johnson (left) and Erica Shierholz (right) enjoy being coworkers!

“It was a week of very difficult conversations and decisions,” Erica said. “Chris let me walk into his office whenever I wanted and was able to handle all my questions.”

“I knew it was a tough situation for her,” he said. “I wanted to make her feel as comfortable as possible. I try to do that through humor.”

Erica calls him “the funniest person alive,” so apparently he’s good at it.

“I appreciate it so much,” she says. “Chris is making a difference for the team, as well as the branch as a whole. It does not go unnoticed.”

Thanks Chris for bringing your humor and support to Choice Financial, and thank you Erica for recognizing it!

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