Kim Elick started with Dolan’s Fire in August of 2006 and spent the last 17 years as an integral part of the company’s growth and success. As Operations Manager, Kim performed just about every job at Dolan’s at one time or another – an accomplishment of which she was fiercely proud. In Kim’s unique way she used this as a motivational tool for colleagues – reminding them that she could easily do their jobs (and her own) if the work wasn’t up to par! Kim was afraid of no task and would do whatever was needed to keep Dolan’s running smoothly. She relished having a clean, organized office and warehouse and wasn’t afraid to roll up her sleeves to ensure our facilities were always in order. She also assumed the role of office mom – stocking the fridge with water and Coke, dispensing Advil when necessary, and listening to her co-worker’s problems.
Most of our customers and vendors interacted with Kim at some point or another. At any time, Kim could be found entering a customer order while also calling a vendor to check on the status of a purchase order – her multitasking skills serving her well. Kim was old fashioned – always preferring the personal touch of a phone call over an email. And for those of you who spoke with her on the phone you knew she was always willing to listen and trade a good story or two. In fact, many customers were regular callers at the end of the day when they knew Kim would be available to take their order and have a few laughs.
Kim was a fighter – literally and figuratively – something of which she would also remind her colleagues! But her illness snuck up on her quickly. She beat cancer two times with the third time proving too much for our tough but big-hearted co-worker. We will miss Kim tremendously but consider ourselves lucky to have known her as a great co-worker, and an even greater friend. Rest in Peace, Kim.