Shop Employee of the Year (Night Shift) – 2019

Shop Employee of the Year (Night Shift) – 2019
Jan 20, 2020

December 16, 2019

Darren Yazzie

When assistant production manager Mike “Hollywood” Flores asked shipping department employee Darren Yazzie in the summer of 2019 to join the Special Western Action Team (SWAT) that provides support for all positions in the shop, Yazzie hesitated – he didn’t want to leave his team.


“He didn’t jump to the role because it was more important or he could make more money,” Western Window Systems president Scott Gates says. “What finally made him say yes was that he would be helping more people.”


Yazzie started working at Western Window Systems in the shipping department in October 2018. His ability to acclimate to various positions and perform numerous jobs lead to his selection for SWAT. “His base of operations is shipping, but it’s almost to be expected that everything he touches is awesome,” Flores says. “Even when you move him to any other area, he still holds himself to the highest standards.”


Flores describes Yazzie as one of the most versatile employees in the shop – able to not only adapt to any position, but also to work well with anyone. “He finds a way to make his work go smoothly and everyone who works with him comments on what a great team player and quick learner he is,” Flores says. “No one ever has anything bad to say about him – only great things.”

Congratulations Darren Yazzie, shop employee of the year on night shift for 2019!

Learn more about Darren Yazzie by reading his Q&A below:

Where are you from?
Tonalea, Arizona

What song would you say best sums you up?
“Wrong Side of Heaven” by Five Finger Death Punch

What are your hobbies?
Playing games

Where do you most want to travel, but have never been?

If money were no object, what would you do all day?
I would travel.

What is your favorite family recipe?

What is your favorite movie?
Planet of the Apes

What is your biggest success up until now?

What’s your favorite part of working at Western Window Systems?
Working and learning new things

What is one fun fact about yourself that almost no one knows?
I have no kids.