{employee feature: Michael Trowbidge}

As National Employee Spirit Month continues, we travel to Baxter to visit with Michael! Mike has been a member of the Hirshfield’s team for 10 years, and was recently featured in the Brainerd Dispatch for his involvement in foster parenting. Let’s get to know a little more about Mike!

Mike and his wife, Tamra


Mike Trowbridge
Store Manager
Hirshfield’s Baxter

What is your favorite part about working at Hirshfield’s? The people! The co-workers, the contractors… I need people! Some say I’m a Chatty Cathy!

What are your hobbies outside of work? Football, basketball, kickball, soccer. Anything to get outside and be with my family.

What is your favorite home improvement memory? When I was about 10 years old, we moved from a two bedroom, one bath home into a six bedroom, two bath home. We actually had to move it, put it on to the basement and completely gut it. We redid the roof and the electrical. It was a long process but we just did one thing at a time and even though I was young I still learned a lot about construction. Some other time I’ll tell you the story about how I got a whiffle ball stuck in the sewer pipe. 🙂

Best advice for someone thinking of starting a home improvement project? Try not to do too much at once. That is the quickest path to discouragement.

Something many people might not know about you? I love to cook!

How would you describe the “Hirshfield’s Spirit?” It’s all about fun! I worked for another company and dreaded coming to work everyday for 1 1/2 years. I never want that feeling again. Now, I enjoy coming to work – it’s a “go get ’em” attitude with a side of humor!

Mike admits he did not catch any of these halibut!


{employee feature: Neil Cowdin}

March brings us the final day of winter, the madness of college basketball and National Employee Spirit Month! Each week this month, we will feature one of our employees so you can get to know the Hirshfield’s team! Today we start with Neil from Hirshfield’s in Roseville.

Neil Cowdin
Paint Manager
Hirshfield’s Roseville

How long have you worked at Hirshfield’s? 16 years

What is your favorite part about working at Hirshfield’s? The friends you make over the years, including both customers and employees.

Favorite Hirshfield’s product? Hirshfield’s Platinum Ceramic Paint – Matte Finish, which is manufactured right here in Minneapolis at our paint factory.

What are your hobbies outside of work? I like to play the guitar, harmonica, mandolin and banjo. I also like to play cards, dance and watch movies.

Best advice for someone thinking of tackling a home improvement project? Make a list of everything you’ll need so you don’t have to run back and forth to the store!

What is something many people might not know about you? I sing and play music for nursing homes. I was also a star wrestler in high school and college.

How would you describe the “Hirshfield’s employee spirit”? Hardworking and fun!

Thanks Neil! Be sure to say “Hi” the next time you stop in at the Roseville location!

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