(Williams Lea) Tag — You’re It Phyllis Sigal March 1, 2019 Along with the fact that there are 100 job openings, why should you consider working at Williams Lea Tag? Because it “feels like home, like family,” said Jennifer Materkoski, senior manager of communications. And, you’ll never feel like that “new person.” If you’re looking for a job, you’re in luck. Bring your resume and be ready for an interview from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5, at the Stone Center, 1030 Main St., in Wheeling. “Williams Lea Tag is a great place to work. Aside from things like good starting wages and benefits with almost no waiting period, WLT just feels like home, like family. When someone asks me about working here, the one thing I always say is that when I started, I never felt like a ‘new person,’” Materkoski said, “Everyone was so welcoming. I’ve never had a regret ever!” 100 JOB OPENINGS The jobs that will be available at the global marketing and communications company include those in a variety of career levels, she explained. “We offer our clients an array of services, and we have openings in almost all areas. “Our most entry-level position would be for document processing. Applicants for that position would be required to have some customer service background and a familiarity with Microsoft Office. We also provide billing support to clients, so we have some entry and mid-level accounting positions available, too. There are most specialized positions — such as graphic design and copy editing — open, as well as a few more senior positions in account management,” she said. WLT Wheeling has experienced rapid growth over the last 18 months because of the trend of law firms quickly moving to outsource their front and back office administrative support services, she said. The location has doubled in size over the past two years, adding hundreds of professional roles. WLT helps organizations transform business processes, enhance customer conversations and realize the potential of their brands through creative production and digitized document workflow services. The company serves clients in a variety of sectors, including legal, investment banking, retail and consumer, and life sciences. With the addition of the 100 new jobs, the total number of employees will be about 660. A handful of the WLT core employees came to Wheeling from other locations to get the company up and running, Materkoski noted. However, “the majority of our staff is from Wheeling and the surrounding area.” WLT occupies three full floors at the Stone Center. “We are currently re-evaluating our options with regard to the space we occupy, though I can’t speak to the final decision that will be made. [We] are reconfiguring existing space as well as exploring options for expansion,” according to Materkoski. “We could not be more excited to see such sustained growth in Wheeling,” said WLT CEO Ajit Kara. “When we came here nearly 14 years ago, we made a commitment to the community. Each time we expand, we are adding talented folks who not only service our clients but also give their time and support to organizations and causes throughout Wheeling.” WLT IS ABOUT COMMUNITY Materkoski is proud of the Beyond Business program at WLT — a social responsibility plan aimed at uniting and engaging its teams. Through Beyond Business, employees can participate in volunteer initiatives, fundraise for causes close to them and participate in in-office activities. In Wheeling, employees have supported organizations such as the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley, Youth Services System Inc. and the Soup Kitchen of Greater Wheeling. Additionally, the staff has conducted holiday toy drives and school supply drives, and they host annual events including a chili cook-off and employee health fair. The company’s Beyond Wheeling program, designed by Materkoski, was based on the Bridge Committee in Wheeling. “The Bridge Committee was before my time … developed several years ago by the employees just in Wheeling. The success from the Bridge Committee sparked the desire to create a national — actually global — program, which was named Beyond Business. My team worked to create and implement the program across the U.S.,” Materkoski explained. “This engagement and service committee in Wheeling is by far the most active and successful in the company,” she said. Williams Lea Tag employees participate in many community events. Pictured, from left, are: the company’s Dragonboat Race team; Salvation Army Capt. Benny Carringer with toys collected by WLT employees, who fulfilled 75 tags on the Angel Tree; and Troy Gross, WLT account director, at the chili cook-off. (Photos provided by Williams Lea Tag) “I believe that being an active member of our community is important,” commented Corinne Akiyama, WLT senior account manager. “I personally enjoy participating with the Bridge Committee because it has allowed me to acquire life skills, network with others in the community, and provide a service to those who need it most.” Communications associate Laurie Conway agrees. “Community is so important to me. I love living and working in Wheeling, and hearing how involved Williams Lea Tag is in the community was a huge selling point to me when I switched careers. I am honored to help lead and serve on the Bridge Committee and come up with new ideas and ways to help make Wheeling a better place for all of us.” “What I love most about our Bridge Committee is being able to be involved with our employees and our community,” said Haley Wetzel, administrative assistant at WLT. “It’s great to get a group of volunteers together to participate in our events and have fun along the way. Last year, my favorite events were Make Wheeling Shine when we were able to clean up trash along Big Wheeling Creek, and our first inaugural Health Fair where we had a lot of wonderful vendors such as Jebbia’s, Wheeling Health Right, Grow Ohio Valley, YMCA and many more. “I’m looking forward to see what our Bridge Committee brings to our community in 2019.” A PERFECT FIT Wheeling is a perfect fit for WLT, and Materkoski explains why: “The community is what makes WLT work in Wheeling. When the company was looking for a home for the on-shore delivery center, Wheeling made sense for a lot of reasons. Affordability, of course, but the company saw potential in what Wheeling had to offer. We wanted to be part of the close-knit community. The talent pool in the area was attractive — two universities and a community college within miles. We love being active in this community.” (For detailed job descriptions, visit the company’s website.) • After nearly 38 years as reporter, bureau chief, lifestyles editor and managing editor at The Times Leader, and design editor at The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register, Phyllis Sigal has joined Weelunk as managing editor. She lives in Wheeling with her husband Bruce Wheeler. Along with their two children, son-in-law and two grandchildren, food, wine, travel, theater and music are close to their hearts. 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