Tarrin Knight

Tarrin Knight

Tarrin Knight

HR and Staffing Manager

Location: Columbia

Before starting at Southern Way Catering Full-Time, I taught a combination of Kindergarten and First grade. I started out part time with Southern Way in August of 2013 as Event Floor Staff as a second source of income in addition to my full-time teaching job. In May of 2015 I started full time at Southern Way as the Load List Coordinator in the Logistics Department. In February of 2016 I transitioned into Staffing and hiring all of our part time team members. In August of 2016 I took on a much larger position within the company as the HR Manager in addition to the staffing position.

I have a unique perspective into the business due to the nature of my job. Not only do I have a strong understanding of the organization’s priorities and challenges, but I also have the ability to influence the future of the company based on the employment decisions we make. I have to continuously stay on my toes.

I love the variety and the challenge that staffing and HR has had been able to provide. One day I may be helping an employee navigate changes to their health insurance while the next day I could be dealing with the effects of new laws or regulations.

SWC has taught me that hard work pays off and to always look on the bright side. Are there going to be days you make mistakes? Yes. Are you going to have bad days? Sure, you are. Are there going to be days you have to make hard decisions? Absolutely. Every day isn’t going to be the best day and some days can be downright challenging. But if you’re not willing to work hard and you’re not willing to learn new things, you are going to continue to be stagnate.

If you believe variety is the spice of life, you’ll love the fact that working in hospitality is never boring and always keeps you on your toes. Whether it’s a new challenge or the opportunity to travel to new and exciting places, this type of change makes it very easy to wake up in the morning and feel motivated about heading to work for the day.

I love that I have a great degree of autonomy and flexibility within my job, and because I have that level of trust with my boss, she expects me to produce high-quality work and results. I work full-time, both in and out-of-office as I am also a mom. I am never made to feel as if my work should supersede my duties at home and for that, I am grateful.

When I am not working, I enjoy being with my friends and family. Whether we are cooking out, swimming at the pool or watching one of the kids at a gymnastics meet or a baseball game; I value the time we have together and the memories we are able to make!

“Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.”
- Mother Teresa