Most of my job function is to be on the phone working deals, getting pricing, and in general making things happen for my employer. We have 14 outside warehouses that constantly have inventory needs and parts or supplies to keep their inventory up and running. Each warehouse has an outside sales rep who has that warehouse's inventory at their disposal to sell or rent to customers and provide them with same or next-day service.
As a "Logistics Coordinator", my job is to keep all of those people in constant communication with one another, and determine the "logistics" of how the company stays profitable. In doing my job, I speak to nearly all of these other people in my company on a near-daily basis. In talking to these people, I've developed some decent business contacts, but friendships as well. I know about all of their families, what they do on weekends, what their hobbies & interests are, even what they like to eat and what makes them cringe.
It's always a treat to have one of my outside coworkers come into the office for a visit. You can try to visualize someone's face by the way they talk, but in my experience, I'm usually way off base with my guesses. There's something truly personal about meeting someone face to face - something more expressive and intimate than light conversations intertwined amongst the daily business conversations concerning gross profit, lead times, and customer expectations. I say this because one of my favorite coworkers, whom I've never met will be in town tomorrow. I've been working with him for 2 years now, and I finally get a chance to meet him face to face. It will be good to put a face with a voice.
That's not the best part of tomorrow though. I was able to secure some scout seat tickets for the Business Day Special at the Reds game. I was able to finagle my way into getting a paid half day off for my team & I to go on a "team outing" to the game. I'll provide the tickets...it's on them to provide my beer...Tomorrow will be a good day.