Greetings From Kari

  • Date: July 24, 2017
  • Author: Kari NIshek- IS Manager/Sales Manager/Project Manager

Greetings!  My name is Kari Nishek.  I have been blessed to work for DRN, an innovative technology leader, for the past 19 years.  Over the past 19 years, I have had the opportunity to work and manage several different areas of the business.   From working as an Accountant to managing the Business Office to managing our IT team to starting ReadiTech to Project Management…it’s been an exciting journey.  All things considered, I would say the most exciting part of the past 19 years here at DRN has been the constant changing technological environment! 

As a result of our changing technological environment and customer demand, six years ago, we formed a new business sector called DRN ReadiTech!  ReadiTech is a team of IT professionals that are focused on providing state-of-the-art IT solutions, sales and support to our customers.  It is my great honor and pleasure to be the ReadiTech Manager and lead a team of talented, dedicated, customer focused and energetic team members. 

Along with managing the ReadiTech team, my work area of expertise is Project Management.  I hold two Project Management certifications, 1) PMP – Project Management Professional and 2) CAPM – Certified Associate in Project Management.  If you know me and my personality type ESTJ – Extraverted, Sensing, Thinking, Judgment…you will understand why Project Management is a perfect career match for me.  Projects are considered any temporary endeavor undertaken to create a unique product or service involving a definite beginning and a definite end.  I greatly enjoy project management for this reason…”a challenging temporary endeavor” that gives me the sense of successful completion.  I also enjoy the following aspects of Project Management, the formation of the expert team, developing a project plan with the team, keeping the team aligned and focused on the project tasks and most importantly keeping the plan on schedule and within the budget.  When it comes to team formation, I want a team that is full of energy, excitement, knowledge, focused and FUN!  My Project Management role at DRN involves managing internal projects along with contracting my services to outside companies. 

A little life advice from me…”You never know where life will take you so never say never”.  Most people probably don’t know this about me but I started working for DRN (then DRT) back when I was in high school.  (Yes!  That long ago!)  As a junior/senior, I remember being eager to come to work for a couple hours each school day and then full time for two summers.  It was so intriguing to me to assist different departments with tasks and to watch how the entire telecommunications business process worked.  Following high school, I couldn’t wait to leave this small town and work for a large company.  So that’s what I did, I left Ellendale, went to college and then to work for a global corporation, Cargill, Inc for 5 years.   Life brought me back to Ellendale and back to this amazing company that we call DRN!  DRN is a great cooperative to work for because DRN is a technology industry leader, DRN is focused on their customers, and DRN invests in their employees future.  I’m thankful that life’s journey brought me back to Ellendale so that I could have this rewarding career with DRN!