Hi, I’m Traci Lowry, General Manager of the Ste. Genevieve Rhodes. I joined Rhodes in June 1996 after spending 12 years in fast food restaurant management with Hardees Food Systems, Inc. I owe my decision to join PAJCO (the company that owns Rhodes, Imo’s Pizza Restaurants and Rally’s Drive-Ins) to Lisa Halter, another long-time Rhodes team member. She convinced me that I could be part of a company that is growing and dedicated to its employees as well as its guests. Lisa couldn’t have been more right.
When I joined Rhodes 25 years ago, I really didn’t know much about the brand. It didn’t take me long to realize that Rhodes is more than a gas station. It’s actually a culture, and that culture is to treat employees and guests as family. Long ago, I quit thinking of Rhodes as my employer because all my teammates and guests have become family. My guests are family because in one way or another, they bring something into my store to make me smile. My teammates, including my superiors, are my family because they have taken the time to really get to know me.
The transition from employee to family member takes me to one of my best memories since joining Rhodes. My teammates know I love riding motorcycles, and I’m a huge Harley-Davidson fan. One year, I placed in Rhodes’ annual Best of the Best Awards, the company’s top honors. Rather than giving me a gift that could be given to just any team member, I was given a Harley-Davidson leather jacket! This example shows that Rhodes gets to know its team members personally and works hard to make them happy.
Rhodes also goes the extra mile to show its team members how much they are trusted. Store managers and their team get to make choices that other companies would never allow. We are permitted to make mistakes and learn from them. This trust is embodied in my favorite core value at Rhodes; empower all well-trained team members.
The people I work with and serve at Rhodes will always remain my favorite thing about working at Rhodes. If I had to name who my favorites have been over the past two decades, I would have too many to mention. The list would include part-time cashiers all the way up to the Board of Directors. For this reason, I would encourage anyone to consider joining Rhodes. There is no ceiling in this company. You can go as far as you wish. Stay positive even in the tough times, and it will only get better! I hope you will visit www.Rhodes101.com to learn more about career opportunities at Rhodes and to submit an application. My next new family member could be you.
Traci’s District Manager, Brent Bohnert, had this to say about her, “Traci is the embodiment of what Rhodes is about. She has a rich history within the company and champions who we are. At her store, it’s always a great atmosphere. She treats her guests like family. That’s what it’s all about, creating an environment that our guests want to come back for. Thank you, Traci, for all that you do.”
Rhodes offers numerous reasons to join its team including:
Opportunity for career growth
50% off fresh food and free fountain drinks during shifts
30% off fresh food anytime including Imo’s Pizza and Rally’s Drive-In
Benefits and paid vacation time
A people-centered culture and commitment to core values which are:
R – Respect and trust our team and guests
H – Honesty to self and others
O – Outstanding Experience for every guest and team member
D – Do what we say we will do every time
E – Empower all well-trained team members
S – Service + Execution = 101 Success
Rhodes provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Rhodes complies with all applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leave of absence, compensation and training. Rhodes expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability or veteran status. Improper interference and the ability of Rhodes employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.