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Employee Spotlight: Jeff Schude

First Nation Group is proud to introduce January’s Employee Spotlight, Jeff Schude! Jeff is a key member of the First Nation Group team as a Senior Regional Sales Manager.

Outside of work, Jeff enjoys the great outdoors! Some of his hobbies include golf, hiking, and biking. Those who know Jeff would describe him as a kind soul. He is always willing to lend a hand to those in need, whether in the office or out.

Learn more about Jeff below:

What is your most memorable vacation or trip to date?
My most memorable trip was a guided wilderness canoe trip in the Boundary Waters in Minnesota and Quetico Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada. It was approximately 60 miles of lake canoeing, portaging from one lake to another with a full backpack and canoe on the shoulders – usually you do not encounter others for eight days. Wasn’t easy, but rewards were many. God’s country.

Do you have a charity that is near and dear to your heart? Who and why?
I have several, but St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital tops the list. No child should have to be faced with cancer.

What is your biggest takeaway from your time at First Nation Group?
Time flies when you’re having fun. It has been great to watch a leadership team adapt to an ever-changing environment.

What advice would you give to a new hire at First Nation Group?
Stick it out to be here for the long haul. Don’t let a bad yesterday ruin today.

What is a stand-out memory from working at First Nation Group?
So many, but it would have to be volunteering at the National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinics in Aspen. I spent most of my time assisting with scuba. There were actual instructors who were in the pool with the Veterans, so my role was to assist with getting them in the pool and then help them get out, making sure they had towels to dry and warm them, and supplying beverages (diving dries the airway). Veterans that attend this event are paraplegic, quadriplegic, blind or legally blind, and amputees. The fact that they made it there was a huge accomplishment as they took the first step in creating a new life for themselves. In their words, diving was liberating, rewarding, and made them optimistic.

What are three words you would use to describe First Nation Group?
Dynamic, purposeful, and driven.

Jeff, we truly appreciate everything you do as an exceptional member of the First Nation Group family!