Born and raised in the quaint farming community of Declo, Cindy Adams Pease learned at a young age the importance of balancing work and leisure. “My Dad taught me how to work by giving me chores like feeding calves, washing trucks, and moving siphon tubes on the farm,” she said. “I spent a lot of time in the kitchen learning how to cook with my mom. She also taught me how to sew and drive truck. She was very patient, a skill I still haven’t quite figured out. I learned from an early age that we didn’t play till our work was done." While her parents were her greatest mentors, her siblings were her entertainment. Her childhood was enriched by the bond with her sister and later, the arrival of their younger brothers. Together, they enjoyed swimming in the canal, riding horses and dirt bikes.
After Cindy graduated from Declo High School, she took advantage of the skills she learned on the farm. “Learning to drive trucks and tractors at an early age was fun,” she said. “Before I knew it that became my full-time job.” When she started a family of her own, she realized the sacrifices she had to make to keep her job, and she wasn’t going to settle for that. Serendipitously, around that same time there was a job opening at ATC in Albion. Encouraged by her family and Marijane Jolley, an ATC employee at the time, Cindy applied and was offered the job. “My family and Marijane Jolley really encouraged me to apply for the job. I owe a lot to them for their encouragement,” she said.
Over the years, Cindy’s job titles have changed at ATC but one thing has remained, her persistence in getting the job done. Today, Cindy is the purchasing agent and is responsible for handling all product orders. Whether it's ducts, fiber, electronics, tools for significant annual projects or everyday office supplies. Her talent for multi-tasking and organization ensures that every employee is equipped to do their job to the fullest potential.
After work hours, Cindy cherishes time with her children, grandchildren, family and friends. She particularly enjoys cheering on grandkids at sporting events, tending to her yard, camping, hunting, and snowmobiling. Among the myriad of hobbies she enjoys, one stands out – cruising on her Harley. “There’s a sense of freedom and energy that I get when I ride my Harley. There’s nothing quite like it and it’s such an amazing way to see the country. Riding with family and friends makes it even more enjoyable” she said.
Cindy’s journey from childhood to adulthood beautifully showcases how influential formative experiences and lessons can have on life. She is a shining example of genuine determination, relentless effort, and unyielding grit.
Cindy has earned this well-deserved recognition because her coworkers see the endless effort she gives every day and voted her a top performing employee this quarter.