Quarter Two Mission, Vision, Values Winner: Josh Ertle

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Mission, Value, Vision Award Winner: Josh Ertle

Congratulations to our second Mission, Vision, Values Quarter Two Award Winner in DT&H for Anoka, Savage, St. Cloud and Woodbury: Josh Ertle! Josh is a member of the DT&H Team in Woodbury, MN. We will be highlighting the MVV winners in monthly newsletters and Shared Stories throughout the year so we can get to know these amazing representatives of our organization! Learn more about Josh through our interview with him below.

How long have you been working at Opportunity Services? 8 Years

Have you held other jobs at Opportunity Services besides your current position? No.

What other companies/ jobs have you worked at in the past? I worked at Wal-Mart back in high School and College. I was also an On-Air DJ for a few years out of College in a tiny town called Mauston, WI before moving back to the Twin Cities and working at Mix 104 now known as Jack FM.

Why do you work for Opportunity Services? It’s a super fun job; every day is different and super rewarding.

What five words best describe you? Funny, Wild, Thrill Seeker, Compassionate, and Caring

Why do you work in the disability field? It’s a fun rewarding job, and I feel I can make a difference in somebody’s life. I had no idea that I would want to do this job some day years ago, but I’m so glad that I did. I love my job!

Do you have any personal connection to disabilities? I have a cousin who is autistic and a brother in law with cerebral palsy both of which I love visiting with, they are great people!

Why are you deserving of this MVV award? I feel that everyone deserves this award; I work with such a great group in Woodbury and have met a great bunch of people at other sites. I could not have got this award without the help of my peers at Woodbury and the great leadership of Cindy Polzin.

What’s your favorite thing about Opportunity Services? No day is the same. From the time the rubber tires on the van hit the road in the morning until you pull the van in the garage in the evening you never know what will happen. The Clients truly make me enjoy my job every day.

Do you have any clients that have changed your perspective about people with disabilities? Each Client has impacted my life. They are all so special.

What would you say to someone that doesn’t believe people with disabilities can function as a member of society? I’d tell them that they could indeed function as a member of society and ask them why they feel this way.

Do you have any advice for other employees at Opportunity Services? Listen to the clients – I’ve learned so much from them. Have fun and enjoy every day. We are pretty lucky to have such a fun job.

What do you like to do for fun in your free time? When I’m not at work I’m typically at a sporting event. I love the Detroit Lions (We will get a SuperBowl someday). My goal is to make it to every baseball stadium in the majors; right now I’ve been to 21 of them. Come October I won’t have much free time as my wife and I are having a baby girl, I’m very excited for that.