Clay Buddies: JaQuan LaPierre
Apr 07, 2020 • Alex Minkin
JaQuan is East Fork’s Roller Tool Lead. We talked about why he is proud to call himself a member of East Fork’s team, how he gets into ‘the zone’ at work, and his absolute favorite thing—his family.
Hi JaQuan! Where are you from?
I am from Elizabeth, New Jersey.
How did you come to work at East Fork?
I was in search of something stable. A good friend of mine that goes by the name of Philip told me about East Fork. I left my previous job because they were not appreciating my work ethic. I started at East Fork on April 15, 2019.
How is working at East Fork different from your previous jobs?
At East Fork, we go out of our way on a daily basis to show how much we value and appreciate each other’s work. We show this in the simplest ways, such as cooking for each other twice a week and providing snacks, as well as consistently asking questions to try to improve the company. The moment I signed my application papers I felt like I found a second home—one where I can feel good about coming to work and giving my all. I never feel like anyone is judged based on their race or color. And East Fork is family oriented. People never really asked about my family at my previous jobs. I feel like I can build strong healthy relationships here in East Fork.
Do you ever feel like you’re in the zone when you’re working? Like you fall into a flow state?
I love working with my hands. It is really a stress reliever putting my hands to work. Working at East Fork, I found something I can feed my family as well as work with my hands. I love going to work and doing what I do. When I come to work I automatically fall into my zone. I listen to music, which helps me keep my mind clear and focused on the task at hand. While I’m in the zone, I imagine all the things that I want to do with my family and that’s what makes me go even harder because not only am I doing this for me, I am doing it for my family as well.
Tell me a little more about your kids!
I have two kids of my own and one that I claim to be mine because I’ve been in her life since she was four months old. I look at her like my own and I treat her like she’s mine. She looks at me like I am her father. Every child deserves to have their father in their life. I actually have a daughter that is back home in Jersey and I go there every summer and for school breaks. The two lil girls [in the photos] are my daughter and adopted daughter.
What are your five favorite things?
My five favorite things is my family, work, my car, my job, and peace of mind.