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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Author: Aaron Dee

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Meet Tanner Hinek, or as he’s affectionately known by us here at Meathead Movers, ‘Tiny.’ Tanner joined our team as an entry-level mover about a year and a half ago, and quickly rose through the ranks to mentor, leading his own crews on some of our most demanding and time-consuming jobs. A born leader, Tanner makes sure the jobs run smoothly and our clients are happy in their new home. Tanner, you deserve recognition for all your hard work, and thus, have earned the designation of Meathead of the Month.

Tanner in a nutshell:

  • Organized
  • A born leader
  • Caring
  • Athletic
  • Community-minded

Tanner’s Story

In control and on a roll
At 22, Tanner Hinek is Meathead Movers’ youngest mentor, in charge of leading his crew to jobs, driving the truck, being the point of contact for clients, and ensuring that everything runs smoothly on the job sites.

He’s the kind of guy that shows up to the office at least 15 minutes early, so he can check in and share a few casual minutes talking fantasy football with colleagues, and start what could end up being hectic day with a little levity. Always concerned with pleasing the customer, Tanner has this little habit of going above and beyond by phoning the day’s client even before leaving the office just to check in and make sure there’s nothing more he could do to provide the best service possible.

“I’ve found that that confirmation call in the morning really sets the tone for the rest of the day,” he said. “That really makes a huge difference, and customers will tell us later that it’s not what they were expecting. I like that.”

Arroyo Grande FootballBorn and raised in San Luis Obispo County, Tanner spent his years at Arroyo Grande High School dedicated to athletics, playing football, basketball, and baseball. Knee problems eventually took him off the field, but he was looking for a steady job that would allow him to maintain physical activity while also affording him time to pursue a higher education. Luckily for us, he found Meathead Movers.

“Pretty much my whole life has been playing sports,” he said. “A couple knee surgeries later, and I still wanted something that will keep me active, so Meathead was a perfect opportunity.”

At 6’6” he’s known affectionately as ‘Tiny’ around the office. He’s been with Meathead for about a year and a half, and has come a long way in a short period of time, working his way up to a mentor, in charge of his own crew on moving day. Not only is he concerned with a smooth and efficient job, but making sure the movers under him get the most out of the job; developing skills in teamwork and organization.

“That’s one of the things that’s pretty cool about Meathead, you can promote pretty quickly if you really put in the work,” he said.

Tanner’s days are packed between his commitments working and attending college at Allen Hancock, where he is set to graduate with a degree in criminal justice. Originally a Kinesiology major, he made the switch when he realized that his leadership style and interest in people translated well to the new field of study. He plans to stay with Meathead Movers following graduation until he can find the right job in corrections, he said.

Taking an interest in people’s lives
The Meathead of the Month recognition isn’t always just a thank you to the employees that show up on time and give it their all. Well, that’s obviously a big part of it. But we also want to recognize the good in the people we have working for us—those that reflect the community values of our company.

Tanner has this in spades. Perhaps a reflection of his interest in criminal justice, his careful attention to each client’s specific situation and needs has to be applauded.

“The people you help are going to be different every time, and it’s all about how you handle or control a situation on the job that’s going t make the difference for them,” he said.

On one of his very first jobs as the mentor on site, Tanner and his crew helped a recent widow who was having a difficult time with the move. Her situation was unexpected and she was left to deal with consolidating her property. Tanner took the extra time to make sure she knew that he was there for her, and would do all he could to get her through her challenging time.

“The most important thing is to keep your cool. You don’t know people’s back story,” he said, adding another story about his experience helping a young woman, a victim of domestic violence, move out of a dangerous situation, a service Meathead Movers performs—unfortunately—on a regular basis

“It felt like our presence there was really appreciated, not just from her, but also the police officers who were there,” Tanner said. “I love helping people out and just being understanding and compassionate. We like to look at things like, ‘How can we make this better?’”

Your hard work has indeed made things better for many clients, Tanner. We appreciate your efforts. So here’s to you, Tiny!

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Though he doesn’t get out on the football field or basketball court as much these days, Tanner looks forward to his yearly outing with family and friends at his family’s ranch in rural Montana for some fishing and pheasant hunting. You can probably catch him locally at the Sportsman’s Association shooting range on the outskirts of SLO for a little skeet shooting.

Enjoys a good laugh
After a long day of moving clients around, he likes to take the edge off by sitting down to a good movie, preferably one that tickles the funny bone. His favorites? “Anything with Will Ferrell,” he said. Which movie event is he looking forward to most this year? You guessed it: Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, which promises to be beyond epic. “December 20,” he rattled off the top of his head. “I’ll definitely be there!”

Found paradise
While working a job, Tanner discovered a small town in Tulare County named Three Rivers, for its location at the junction of the North, Middle, and Southern Forks of the Kaweah River. He knew nothing about the place before the job, but for its picturesque rural character (and good fishing), it’s a place he said he could see himself retiring to some day.

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