Josh Boersma joined CIVCO on August 15, 1994. Lisa Loeb & Nine Stories’ “Stay (I Missed You) was the number one song on the Billboard charts, Bill Clinton was in office, and American’s were watching “My So-Called Life” on TV. Since that day, Josh has served in many roles, and today, keeps our manufacturing engineering department running strong. Josh started his career with us in Assembly, and moved into being a Production Supervisor, before taking on his current role.
Aaron Groendyke (Production Manager, Operations) says that others really appreciate Josh’s willingness to help in any capacity. “They enjoy his cooking, his sense of humor, and his eagerness to jump in and do the hard work it takes to solve problems, no matter what that work might entail. A great deal of work falls on Josh in addition to his typical duties.”
When Josh considers the fact that he has been with CIVCO Radiotherapy for 25 years, it is hard for him to grasp that he’s been here that long. It is over half of his life. Still, he reflects on the growth we have seen since he started here and how our product offerings have advanced. After 25 years with CIVCO, it is hard to decide what he’s most proud of, but more recently, the implementation and execution of the Bizhub Printer and two-bin stocking comes to mind. His all-time favorite memory in his time at CIVCO was watching a coworker jump on a table and then leap over a cubicle wall to answer a phone (note from HR – don’t do that, please!).
Of all our values, Josh’s favorite is purpose. “It puts meaning behind our day to day struggles and adds joy to our successes.” In fact, that purpose is also the reason Josh has chosen to stay with CIVCO for 25 years. “It gives me purpose knowing that every day, our work has life changing effects for patients all over the world.” Aaron Groendyke says, “Josh is definitely people focused, and understands the importance of meeting the needs of our team members here in order to meet the needs of providers and patients out in the field.”
A lot has changed in 25 years! When asked what changes or innovations have been most exciting for Josh, he said “The introduction of carbon fiber into our product line. I remember before carbon fiber, most of our breast boards were made primarily out of plywood or thick clear acrylic. And, grid panels were made of aluminum frames with woven tennis racket strings.
True to form, when asked what advice he would share with employees who are new to CIVCO, Josh said, “Follow your SOP’s.” This made Allen Oetken (Quality Manager) proud, who laughing, said, “Yes! I’m in his head!”
Seth Hulst (Director of Operations and Site Leader) shared that, “Josh is a can-do guy, and always finds a way to help solve a problem. He is always up for a challenge.”
Josh – thank you for your many years of awesome service to CIVCO Radiotherapy, our providers, and our patients. And, thank you for all the amazing smoked meats. Please also pass along our collective thanks to your mom for her amazing baking skills!
Josh was able to choose a charity for CIVCO Radiotherapy to donate to in his honor. Josh has chosen to have his donation go to Relay for Life of Sioux County, because he wanted the donation to go to help people in his own community. Josh was also able to choose from where he would like a gift card. For anyone who knows him, you won’t be surprised to hear that he decided to split it between Cabela’s and Scheels.
Happy 25th Anniversary, Josh!