Jim Cusumano is the Shipping & Receiving Coordinator for Matrix. His first love was cooking and he had a successful career in the food industry as a cook/chef. He was fortunate to have had the opportunity to work in the Charlie Trotter’s and Catch 35 restaurants back in the day. Looking for fewer late hours once his family started to grow, he obtained an associate’s degree in accounting and a real estate license, which served him well for many years. After the bottom fell out of the real estate market, he began to look for a more steady occupation and started working in the finishing department at Camcraft. He then joined Matrix in 2013.
Jim is responsible for all of our logistics operations. Besides cooking, his other love is numbers, which is a great help in his current position. He verifies and logs in all the parts we receive from vendors, creates all the necessary documents for both domestic and international shipments, and schedules all inbound and outbound trucks. That’s a lot to keep track of!
Teamwork Makes All the Difference
With the volume of orders we are filling at any given time, the pace in Shipping and Receiving is fast-paced and sometimes stressful. Jim says it is a lot like running a restaurant kitchen during the dinner rush – always some new crisis to handle, which makes him feel right at home.
When faced with an overflowing inbox, Jim finds that the people he works with willshare the load, lighten the mood and take a lot of the strain out of everyday challenges. That’s what he loves about working here. “We have more of a family atmosphere in the plant and it makes coming to work very enjoyable,” he says. “Our company leaders work hard to create core values that promote that family feeling and team attitude.”
He appreciates the responsibility Matrix’s President, Pat Bertsche, has given him and the trust Pat has in him to get the job done. His proudest moment comes at the end of each day when he realizes that everything is under control (more or less) after another day of bouncing from one thing to another and changing directions at a moment’s notice.
Jim is pleased to be part of a group that works together to make the company something special. He is committed to contributing to the effort and will do whatever it takes to get the job done. “As one of our core values states, ‘we do it better next time.’ I am always trying to improve on what I do and add value for my internal customers.”
Free Time is Food Time
Jim still enjoys cooking. His specialty is taking different ideas from familiar dishes and adding his own touch, or creating fusions by mixing elements of Japanese or Chinese cuisine into Italian dishes. Ravioli is his favorite dish to prepare – making his pasta dough from scratch and adding his own unique variety of fillings, of course.
If he’s not spending time with his two daughters, Jim’s idea of a good time away from the job would be a Colorado mountain-lake retreat with close friends and family. As he puts it, “The setting is a large table with white tablecloth accented by wildflowers picked nearby. The table is set near the deep blue lake with snow-capped mountains in the background. Enjoying family and friends and cooking over an open fire amongst God’s beautiful creation is a perfect way to get away from the everyday world for a while.”
Besides cooking, Jim likes to watch old movies and cooking shows, read and (surprise) juggle. He also can be found out playing golf or Frisbee golf.