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Emily Potgeter, a server for Egypt Valley, is always down for some spicy food from the kitchen. She also has a unique and creative talent that might surprise you! Keep reading to learn more about Emily and her Egypt Valley journey.

What’s your EVCC story or what led you to Egypt Valley?

I’ve been in the food service industry since I was 17 and my favorite part about it has always been the fast pace and getting to interact with folks and brighten their day, even if it’s just a little bit.

I worked at Tullymore and St. Ives when I was in college, and after graduating and moving to Grand Rapids, I was excited to work at a golf resort again. Being hired during the first round of lockdowns in 2020 was definitely an adventure, but I’m so glad I stuck around! In all the restaurants I’ve worked, I’ve never worked at one that cares so much about the members and that alone is enough to make me so excited to work here. Chris and the team put so much effort into making sure everyone feels welcome and has a good time. It’s so refreshing to feel proud of the place where I work!

What’s your favorite dish on the menu?

I am forever a lover of spicy food, so I’ll always gravitate towards the Seoul Bowl. If guests ask, “Which is better? The Seoul Bowl or …” —it’s always the Seoul Bowl. Be careful asking for it extra spicy because the kitchen doesn’t mess around with that pepper sauce!

Who has influenced you the most when it comes to how you approach your role at EVCC?

I have taken inspiration from many managers from many jobs, but Chris is the first manager I’ve had that I felt can match my energy and excitement to take care of our members. It’s so very refreshing to work with people who care as much as this team does. Chris’s ability to keep a positive energy during stressful situations, to smile and make everyone feel appreciated, and to get serious when stuff needs to get done, is always so inspirational to me.

What is a unique talent that you possess?

I am a comic artist! I went to Kendall College to study digital art and in all of my free time you’ll find me drawing and writing stories. I host my webcomic “MiCoVerse” on Webtoon and update it every week—it’s all written and illustrated by myself. I pride myself on having a very cute cartoon art style with tons of expression and emotion.

If you could trade places with anyone for a day, who would you choose?

In another life, I’d be a marine biologist and I’d take care of the whale sharks at the Georgia Aquarium. Maybe someone there wouldn’t mind being me for a day!

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