Three Benefits of Nahan’s Drive-Up Hiring Events

Author: Janelle Kolle, Sr. Recruiter 


We can all agree that employment needs for most companies look different than they have in years past. While this presents a unique challenge to employers, it also provides an opportunity for innovative recruiting ideas. Based on the most recent data from The Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of unemployed persons is at 9.5 million.1 Thankfully, we have a team of resilient and adaptable HR professionals who rose to the challenge of finding new ways to bring the excitement of our growing team to our community. The results of a collaborative brainstorm led to the birth of our summer Drive-Up Hiring Events. An entirely outdoor event that allows for an efficient experience for potential hires all while maintaining the personal touch of an in-person event. After holding two successful Drive-Up Hiring Events this summer, we’ve seen the advantage of these events in three significant ways.


1. Keeping Safety a Priority

Creating safe events at Nahan is critical for the health and well-being of our current and future employees. We found that our Drive-Up Hiring Events provide a quick, easy, and safe way for potential employees to apply for our open positions. The ability to conduct an interview from the comfort and safety of your car is a game changer for the future of hiring. This is something we can utilize here at Nahan for years to come.


2. Positive Return on Investment

Our Drive-Up Hiring Events have proved to be very effective in terms of cost, time, and resources. We have had a great turnout at each of our events, with one event resulting in four offers in just a couple of hours! Additionally, we look forward to referrals and the conversations generated by our previous events to follow in the weeks ahead.


3. Efficient, but Personal

The online job application process can be very impersonal, making things feel less genuine.  A member of our Talent Acquisition team said, “We need to see faces and feel connected on both sides, as a candidate, and as an employer. A huge part of feeling like you’ve found your place is seeing and feeling the facility and the culture.” Bringing people to Nahan with the Drive-Up Hiring Event allowed potential employees to see if they thought it would be a good fit and talk to production leaders as well.

Nahan is a large employer in the area, but only knowing the Nahan name is not enough for people to feel personally connected. Applicants need to feel welcome and comfortable during the process. This requires some creativity on the side of the employer to offer in the current environment. The work the team put forth in these creative ways was a great success.

Nahan Worker


Didn’t make the first two Drive-Up Hiring Events? No problem! Our next hiring event will be on Monday, August 16th. Come join us to meet our recruiters and discover your place at Nahan. Spread the word and tell your friends and family about our open positions and benefits. We are located at 7000 Saukview Drive, St. Cloud, MN 56303. See you there!











Employee Spotlight: Elena Cunningham

Author: Camille Lehmann, Marketing

At Nahan, we pride ourselves on the quality and talent of our team members. Each department is comprised of amazing employees whose dedication is what makes Nahan great. Elena Cunningham, our Human Resources Manager/Business Partner, is one of our newer employees who make Nahan special. I had the privilege to get to know Elena better, learn about her time at Nahan and how she enjoys her time outside of work.

Elena Cunningham

Elena’s Career in Human Resources

Elena joined the Nahan team at the beginning of February and has proved to be a vital part of the Human Resources team in a short time. In coming aboard the Nahan team, she brought five years of experience as an HR Business Partner at a technology solutions company. One of Elena’s impressive career accomplishments includes creating and running the Human Resources department at her previous employer. The ability to build a needed and significant piece of that company and turn it into an effective and trusted department is an example of the talent Elena possesses. Bringing that skill and experience to Nahan has made her a great addition to the team. When asked what she enjoys most about her role at Nahan, Elena explained that she enjoys being able to work with people every day and the ability to be a helpful resource to them.

“My favorite part about Nahan so far is getting to know the staff and the excitement of continually meeting more of the team!”

Elena Cunningham

Life Beyond Nahan

In her daily life, Elena’s parents are two people who inspire her. She describes them as strong-willed people who never give up and always stay humble, despite the challenges in life. When Elena is not working hard on the Human Resources team, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling, running, painting, and going to brunch. She hopes to travel to Asia, South America, and Europe someday soon, as well as complete a half marathon.

Careers at Nahan

If you are interested in learning more about a career at Nahan, visit our careers page or contact us to learn more.

Bio: Camille Lehmann is on the Marketing team and started with Nahan in January of 2020. Camille is responsible for assisting in Nahan’s marketing strategies and goals. She graduated with her Master’s of Science in Marketing with a specialization in Project Management in 2020. In her spare time, Camille enjoys writing, going to coffee shops, and spending time with friends and family.

Employee Spotlight: Chad Coss

Author: Camille Lehmann, Marketing

Nahan is proud to welcome our newest addition to Human Resources – Chad Coss. In only a short time, Chad has proven to be a hardworking and dedicated team member. We are excited to see how his talents will continue to make Nahan a welcoming place for our employees. I had the privilege to get to know Chad and learn how he has been enjoying his time at Nahan and what led him here.

From Milking Cows to Human Resources

Chad’s work history goes back to a younger age than most. At just 13 years old, he held his first job in rural Wisconsin working on a dairy farm feeding calves. Eventually, he was promoted to milking the cows at 4:00 AM on weekend mornings during the school year. He credits this hard work at a young age for being a major factor in teaching him responsibility. Later on, Chad traded milking cows for attending the University of Wisconsin – River Falls for a Bachelor of Science in Business Communications and then a Master of Science in Human Resources Development from Villanova University.

Human Resources Around the World

Chad has been working in Human Resources for over 18 years as either a Human Resources Manager or another Human Resources Leadership role. Before coming to us, he had spent 5+ years in the Technology/Software/SaaS industry. Earlier in his career, he worked as a Human Resources Manager for a family-owned organization that specialized in Disaster Recovery and Emergency Response. In 2010, he traveled to Haiti after the earthquake and helped create a new international business entity in response to the natural disaster. He has also spent several years in other manufacturing and medical device industries as a Human Resources Leader supporting global production operations. Chad credits the variety of industries and locations he’s devoted his time and talent to for what he has learned about different Human Resources practices.

“I have worked all over the U.S. and the globe and I am honored to now call Nahan my home.”

Chad Coss with his three sons and puppy.

Exciting Projects in the Works

The Human Resources Team is excited for the opportunity Chad brings to the team for growth and evolution as a business and  for workforce. Chad believes that Nahan is home to terrific people in every department and he is excited to see how the team will work together to grow. He believes that digging into the talent that is available in our team and making continuous learning and professional growth opportunities available will strengthen the entire company.

Chad Coss and his family at Disney World.

“The best advice I’ve ever been given is to “always do your best.” My parents gave that to me when I was growing up, and I still give this same advice to my own kids because it’s relevant and true regardless of time period, generational category, or time in your life.”

Life Beyond Nahan

When he’s not leading the Human Resources Department, Chad enjoys camping, hiking, golfing, and many other outdoor activities. He enjoys spending time with his family. He is proud of how his young boys are growing into caring and responsible people. Once the pandemic is over, Chad says he would like to visit Glacier National park again with his family.

Careers at Nahan

If you are interested in learning more about a career at Nahan, visit our careers page or contact us to learn more.

Bio: Camille Lehmann is on the Marketing team and started with Nahan in January of 2020. Camille is responsible for assisting in Nahan’s marketing strategies and goals. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Marketing with a specialization in Project Management. In her spare time, Camille enjoys writing, going to coffee shops, and spending time with friends and family.