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Employee Spotlight: Austyn Ridings


Dec 21, 2015 Employee Spotlight , , , , , , , , , Comments are off

Silkworm is known for being an exciting place to work, with many happy employees! Every now and then, it’s nice to take a break from the daily hustle to kick back, chat, and find out more about them! Austyn Ridings is our Employee Spotlight of the week. She’s a Herrin native Sales Coordinator who has been with us since July, and has graciously volunteered to answer a few questions.


Describe for me your most ideal work environment.

“Coworkers who get along, and help each other without hesitation. Also, a place where the work gets done, but we’re still able to have fun. So…basically, Silkworm.”

What is your philosophy towards your work?

“Work hard, play harder.”

What song best describes your work ethic?

“Eye of the Tiger. I mean, I WAS a (Herrin) Tiger in high school.”

What is your favorite quote?

“Don’t try to understand everything. Sometimes it’s not meant to be understood. Just accept it.”  

A penguin walks through that door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?

“First, why in the world is that a question? He’d probably be here to take me to lunch, and he’d say, ‘you want to go for some tacos?’”

If you were to get rid of one state in the U.S., which would it be and why?

“Maybe Washington, because it rains way too much.”

If you had the chance to go anywhere on vacation, where would it be?

Fiji, because the water is super clear, and there are great beaches…and beer. Also, I can wear a bikini all day, and it’s socially acceptable.

On a scale from one to 10, rate me as an interviewer.

  1. Duh!

Have you seen any of the Star Wars movies?

No…but I do know that there’s one coming out this Thursday.

Harry Potter? Yes.

Twilight? Yes.

Hunger Games? Yes.

I’m just not into the whole Star Wars thing. Sorry! (This is the part of the interview where she lost all of her cool points.)

What would you do if you won the lottery?

Pay off all of my family’s houses and cars, buy a house and new car, go to Fiji, and save the rest.

 Which fictional character would you choose to be and why?

Jack Sparrow…Because he’s a pirate. Duh.

 If you could sing one song on American Idol, what would it be?

None! I don’t sing! But if I had an angelic voice, I’d have to say Adele’s “Hello”

 If there was a movie produced about your life, who would play you and why?

Taylor Schilling. We look a lot a lot alike, so I’m told

What industry would you never want to work in?

The medical field, because I couldn’t deal with other people’s “messes.”

What’s on your bookshelf?

Five Languages of Love by: Gary Chapman and an adult coloring book that I recently bought.

 What’s on your bucket list?

Snowboarding, going to as many concerts as possible, and going to Italy.’’


At Silkworm, we appreciate our employees, and love to see everyone enjoying their workday. It’s incredibly important for a company to have a strong culture that encourages its employees to have fun while being productive.