January Employee Spotlight: Amanda Braden


Oskaloosa, IA

Title at Mahaska:

Customer Sales Representative

Years at Mahaska:

a little under 1 year

Job before coming to Mahaska:

Store Manager for Goodwill Industries of Central Iowa

What does a typical day look like for you?

I spend the majority of my day calling customers and getting their orders. Educate them on new products we have and build customer relations. I work closely with the route supervisors and drivers to ensure everything runs as smoothly as possible. The rest of the day is more geared towards administrative work for the time being.

Favorite Beverage that Mahaska distributes?

Pepsi Zero

Favorite Snack that Mahaska distributes?

Meat and cheese sticks

What do you do outside of Mahaska for fun?

I like to read, golf, chase my kids around, and be with friends and family as much as possible.

If you could pick a superpower, which would it be and why?

I would like to read minds. Maybe not all the time, but have the ability to tap into their realm when I feel it to be necessary.

What inspires you?

Isaiah 40:31 “But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.”

If you had $1,000,000 how would you spend it?

I would make sure my parents and children are set up for the rest of their lives. I would invest some, give to the church, and be able to reach out and be a blessing to people in need in the community. Also pay student loans.