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Substitute teacher blog Shannon

10 May: Best Buy employee becomes substitute teacher to help schools in Minnesota

Shannon Smith has walked the halls of her children’s Minnesota elementary school many times as a parent. Now she’s getting used to taking those same steps as a teacher.  

An associate product manager on Best Buy’s Digital, Analytics & Technology team, Shannon recently became a substitute teacher. She was motivated to get licensed after seeing the COVID-19 pandemic’s devastating impact on her school district, including the loss of several teachers and bus drivers.   

“Schools are hurting for teachers right now,” she said.

The Spillners mothers day blog

06 May: A family tradition: Wisconsin mom instills value of volunteerism

Editor’s note: At Best Buy, we celebrate all mother figures. Here’s one example of a Best Buy mom celebrating her family and making a difference in her community.

Pam Spillner’s a senior finance specialist, mom, and volunteer extraordinaire who has inspired a whole new meaning to the phrase “Best Buy family.”

Her daughter, Ali, is a Geek Squad Agent at Store 1052 in Stevens Point, Wis. Son Jarod is also an Agent who makes in-home repair visits. The siblings have followed in their mom’s footsteps in more ways than one.

Boston Marathon Blog

05 May: Running for Beans in Boston: Best Buy employee races for a cause

Content warning: This story mentions the loss of a child and cancer.

Andie Mulvaney-Thorp is no stranger to running the prestigious Boston Marathon — a race for which runners must meet challenging qualifying times to enter. She first took on the world’s oldest annual marathon in 2016. Then, she returned in 2021 and 2022 in support of a family facing an unimaginable challenge of its own.

A Best Buy Talent Acquisition Manager, Andie completed the 2021 marathon in Beantown in memory of Francesca “Beans” Kaczynski, her friend’s infant daughter who tragically passed away in December 2020, at only nine months, due to a rare form of brain cancer.

Manahil_blog

04 May: Texas supervisor takes pride in her Pakistani culture

Editor’s note: In May, Best Buy is proud to honor Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month and celebrate our AAPI employees and communities. Read on for the story of one of our AAPI leaders.

Manahil Rajput is a Pakistani American Muslim woman who is known as a vibrant and energetic supervisor at Best Buy Store 1413 in Cypress, Texas.

From an early age, she was taught that cultural and religious identity were things to be cherished and celebrated.

As a college student and full-time retail supervisor, Manahil says she is proud to be part of a company focused on creating an inclusive workplace. 

Tony and Bob - Geek Squad

04 May: Agent gifts his badge to colleague during a difficult time

A few months ago, Tony Kline received a package in the mail that came as a shock: the 5-year Geek Squad badge of his colleague, Bob Luthardt.

While Tony immediately planned to send the badge back, Bob included a note that explained there was no one more deserving of his badge. The two have never met in person, but they’ve developed a bond over the years that Bob says saved his life.

“Tony persevered with me when no one else would,” Bob said.

virginia manager blog

28 Apr: Virginia manager leads team with empathy, vulnerability

Editor’s note: In May, Best Buy is proud to honor Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month and celebrate our AAPI employees and communities. Read on for the story of one of our AAPI leaders.

Those who have worked with general manager Tai Ngo describe him one of two ways. First, he knows how to go out and get results. Second, Tai’s colleagues bring up his passion for his team and his ability to make employees feel heard.

Throughout his years at Best Buy, Tai’s stores have been recognized as top performers multiple times, and his leaders praise his employee-retention numbers.

mothers day blog

27 Apr: Best gifts for the moms in your life this Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is fast approaching and the yearly struggle to figure out a gift that can show how much you appreciate the moms in your life once again hits. No need to fret any longer – Best Buy has a selection of tech gifts for all the different moms out there. Shop online or stop by a store to talk to a Blue Shirt for recommendations on what they are gifting this year.

We’ve pulled out a few recommendations for the different types of moms out there.

ShaneLeahMoss_Blog

27 Apr: Married Best Buy employees beat unbelievable odds with kidney match

Shane and Leah Moss are a perfect match in more ways than one.

The married couple works at Best Buy’s distribution center in Ardmore, Oklahoma. After Shane was diagnosed with kidney disease in 2018, he was in dire need of a transplant. Last December, he found a donor.

“The second they told him he needed a kidney, I thought, ‘Well I have two, you can just have one of mine,’” Leah said.

But the testing process to see if she was a match was complicated and long — and the chances of success were slim.

keep crypto safe with ledger wallets

26 Apr: Keep your Cryptocurrencies and NFTs safe with Ledger wallets

Whether you have been researching the latest altcoins for years, or you only got introduced to cryptocurrency because of this year’s Big Game ads, it is no secret that crypto is mainstream right now.

When it comes to advertisements, sponsorships, or legislation on digital assets, the way crypto is perceived has totally changed from years past.   

Let’s say you have decided that you want to get onto the bandwagon and invest in crypto. What next? Where and how do you store this internet money?

Jill Mt. Everest

19 Apr: Mount Everest hike helps employee raise awareness for rare disease

After reaching 18,000 feet surrounded by the tallest peaks in the Himalayas, Jill Pearson returned home in late March from a three-week trek to the base camp of Mount Everest with spirits just as high.

Jill, a program manager in ethics and compliance, made the journey to raise money and awareness for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), a rare genetic disease that primarily affects boys. About one out of 5,000 boys is diagnosed with DMD, and it is the most severe of all muscular dystrophies.

Shane and Francis

19 Apr: In trying times, employees lean on one another for support

The power of community is everything for Francis Lichauco.

Every morning, he reaches out to his friends, family and Best Buy colleagues via text to share how he’s doing, quotes that motivate him and gratitude for the blessings in his life.

“I like to think it inspires people, but they also inspire me with their support and compassion,” Francis said.

An HR manager for omnichannel teams, Francis lives in California and began this morning ritual in March 2021 to connect with people during an isolating time.

Earth Month Products 2022

18 Apr: Products to help you live sustainably this Earth Month

In honor of Earth Month, take this April to look at your impact on the environment. Best Buy offers a wide variety of products and programs that can help you save energy, reduce waste, and soften your environmental footprint. Making a few small changes in your daily routine can lead to a big difference.

Check out these products to help you live more sustainably.

Vitamix FoodCycler FC-50

This energy-conscious food waste recycler turns food scraps into fertilizer in mere hours. The model includes odor eliminating carbon filters, flexible home placement and can help cut down your food waste by up to 90%.