Meet one of our newest employees, Ashlin Hassell. Ashlin works at the Inspired by Oregon store and we love that she is an Ashland native and has some really neat skills and hobbies!
- Where did you grow up?
I was born and raised here in Ashland.
- What is something about you that would surprise people?
I am forklift certified! For my first job, I was a shop assistant at a metal fabrication shop here in town. After that, I was a grocery manager at Albertsons briefly and you also need your forklift certification for that. It’s my favorite fun fact about me that people never expect.
- What is the best meal you ever had?
There’s this restaurant in Disneyland in the middle of the Pirates of the Caribbean ride called The Blue Bayou. I had a really good ribeye there!
- What is your favorite time of year?
Spring, specifically the first couple weeks of March when all the daffodils are popping up. I love that it’s the first signal of the year that Winter is finally over and we can stop being sad and cold!
- Where is your favorite spot in Ashland?
Old Hwy 66 going up to Mt. Ashland. It’s my favorite road to drive on in the Summer and I just feel like all my cares go away when I’m on it.
- What are some of your hobbies?
I have a 1970s Triumph Spitfire that I work on. It’s an old British roadster that was my dad’s senior project in high school. I took it over my senior year and re-did the suspension on it and gave it a new paint job.
- Tell me about your favorite pet you’ve ever had.
I have two actually! Our family dog growing up was named Max and he was a yellow lab. He was the nicest dog ever but he hated baths. We figured out that he really loved apples, so that was how we lured him in to take a bath whenever he really needed it! My family’s current cat is named Suki and she’s a very fluffy tortoiseshell cat.
- Who has been the most influential person in your life?
Easily my dad! He’s always been the most supportive person in my life. Since a young age, I’ve always had an interest in science, technology, and engineering, and I know how lucky I am to have had a dad who encouraged his daughter to go into a male-dominated field! He nurtured me to always do what I want and what makes me happy.
- What is your favorite thing about working at Paddington Station?
My coworkers! I started pretty recently, back in September, and I feel like I instantly had a group of friends that I could hang out with and who cared about me. I feel so welcomed and appreciated by them every day.