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Posted on: February 7, 2024
Throughout Lisa's years here at Harbor, she has held many roles in a short amount of time, starting as an Accounts Receivable Clerk and working her way up to Accounts Receivable Manager. Q: How did you make the transition from where you started to where you are now? A: I began with Harbor as an Accounts Receivable Clerk in February of 2019 and was promoted to Accounts Receivable Supervisor in December of 2019. I was promoted in July of 2023 to Accounts Receivable Manager. Q: How long have you been with Harbor? A: Since February 2019 Q: Any advice for advancing your career at Harbor? A: Be inquisitive and a dedicated learner. If you are willing to learn new things and work hard, build good relationships, and be collaborative with others, you will naturally advance within your department or be sought out by team members from other departments. Q: What roles have you held at Harbor? A: All my roles this far have been in Accounts Receivable working with our customers and also our sales team. I consider this to be such an honor and think of AR as much customer support as it is accounting. Q: What do you think is the most important quality to have to get your career started at Harbor? A: Integrity. Always do the right thing even when no one is watching. When you have integrity in who you are and in the job you do, it speaks volumes about you as a person. Others will always appreciate you being friendly and genuine, but you get noticed when you can speak up with honesty and integrity. I strive to help our customers in the best way possible, but primarily in the way that is best for Harbor, which means both parties have a successful outcome.
Posted on: January 31, 2024
Christopher has held a variety of roles throughout his unique career path here at Harbor. Q: How did you make the transition from where you started to where you are now? A: I tend to be a squeaky wheel sometimes, but others did take notice that I often was concerned about issues that needed some better solutions than what we had at the time. I enjoy identifying a problem and going down the path of solving it. The journey of solving a problem can be exhilarating and seeing the solution when all is said and done is quite satisfying. Q: How long have you been with Harbor? A: In September of 2024 it will be 9 years. Q: Any advice for advancing your career at Harbor? A: Ask questions, ask A LOT of questions. It doesn't matter if it relates to your position or not. When you understand the bigger picture, you understand how your actions affect others in the company, and how you can make their jobs/lives easier. Q: What roles have you held at Harbor? A: Harbor Wholesale Purchasing Department: Buyer, Item and Pricing Coordinator, Chain Pricing Administrator, Chain Pricing Analyst. Harbor Foods Group Contract Compliance Team: Chain Pricing Analyst Q: What do you think is the most important quality to have to get your career started at Harbor? A: Enthusiasm and the desire to learn more than what you were hired for.
Posted on: January 25, 2024
Zachary has a unique path here at Harbor, and has used knowledge gained throughout his years to advance from role to role. Q: How did you make the transition from where you started to where you are now? A: I was hired for a PM Utility position, and started picking orders about two months after that. My supervisor, Aaron Lawrence, noticed my willingness to learn and do whatever he needed me to do. I then learned how to pick in every department, as well as run the stamping machines and consolidate/load. This went on for roughly two years before I followed him to the AM shift, where I did inventory control and learned a lot about our inbound processes. I did this for about two years before being approached by Chris Ritter and Leon Dillon about a Supervisor position on the PM shift. I was eager to take on the leadership role and responsibility. I worked as a PM Warehouse Supervisor and eventually the PM Warehouse Assistant Manager for about 5 years. Over the last year, I moved into my current position as the AM Warehouse Assistant Manager. I am looking forward to seeing what the next 10 years has in store! Q: How long have you been with Harbor? A: Over 10 years Q: Any advice for advancing your career at Harbor? A: Show up every day ready to work! Things can change rapidly in our business. Be willing to learn and adapt as things change. The more you learn now, the better prepared you will be when opportunity knocks. Speak up when you have an idea or see room for improvement, but also listen intently. We have a lot of really great people at Harbor, people who have been doing this for a long time, they have an amazing amount of wisdom and knowledge about our operation, so try to absorb some of that! Don't let your job title define what you learn or your willingness to do whatever is needed. Q: What roles have you held at Harbor? A: PM Utility, Order Selector, Inventory Control, PM Warehouse Supervisor, PM Warehouse Assistant Manager, AM Warehouse Assistant Manager Q: What do you think is the most important quality to have to get your career started at Harbor? A: Being genuine, motivated, resourceful, and friendly are all important qualities when getting started at Harbor.
Posted on: January 24, 2024
Ryan's Path of Progress is unique in that he transitioned roles within a short amount of time, starting as a Foodservice Developer and transitioning into a Category Manager. Q: How did you make the transition from where you started to where you are now? A: Throughout my career, I've consistently held assignments in various sales roles. Initially hired as a Foodservice Sales Developer at Harbor, I committed nearly 5 years to this role. As my career progressed, I faced a pivotol moment where I had to decide between advancing in Foodservice sales leadership or applying my Foodservice expertise to category management. Fortunately, I had both options on the table. Ultimately, I chose to transition into category management, a move that presents daily challenges, allows for heightened productivity, and enables me to make impact across all facets of our organization. Q: How long have you been with Harbor? A: I joined Harbor on July 11, 2018 Q: Any advice for advancing your career at Harbor? A: If you're genuinely passionate about your work and it consistently contributes positively to the organization's overall results, advancement opportunities will naturally unfold. Q: What roles have you held at Harbor? A: Foodservice Sales Developer and now Category Manager Q: What do you think is the most important quality to have to get your career started at Harbor? A: To kick start you career at Harbor, it's crucial to be an avid learner. The complexity of our industry and Harbor's position as a premier wholesaler offers a wealth of knowledge to absorb. Actively tapping into available resources and cultivating colleague relationships will serve you well. Also, embracing failures as part of the learning and growth process is essential. Stepping outside your comfort zone and making occasional mistakes indicate a willingness to solve the challenges we face and develop as an industry professional.
Posted on: January 24, 2024
Through Melissa's years at Harbor, she has held various roles, all while working towards her dream of being a Software Developer. Q: How did you make the transition from where you started to where you are now? A: Prior to working at Harbor, I worked as a trainer at a call center for 7 years. I enjoyed working with people but had a dream of becoming a Software Developer. I enrolled in a bachelor's program and during my 3rd year I figured I had enough knowledge to try for some IT jobs. I applied for a couple with low hopes as the requirement seemed so high, but surprisingly got a call for one - Harbor! My call center experience served me well as I was hired into Harbor's IT Support Desk. Harbor knew I had long term goals to be a Software Developer and after 4 months of working in Support Desk, I was promoted to be a Junior Developer! Since then, I've grown to a Software Developer III and have finished my bachelor's and master's degree. Q: How long have you been with Harbor? A: I've been with Harbor for just over 5.5 years, starting in April of 2018. Q: Any advice for advancing your career at Harbor? A: Never stop learning and be proactive in it. Q: What roles have you held at Harbor? A: Support Desk Specialist, Junior Software Developer, Software Developer I, Software Developer II, Software Developer III Q: What do you think is the most important quality to have to get your career started at Harbor? A: Willingness! Being willing to learn and try new things. When you fail, be willing to try again and not give up.
Posted on: November 13, 2023
Tommy has a unique path here at Harbor, starting in our Warehouse's Utility Department and transitioning into his current role as a Foodservice Program Coordinator. Q: How did you make the transition from where you started to where you are now? A: I made the transition to where I am currently by constantly striving to learn more. Q: How long have you been with Harbor? A: Since September of 2019. Q: Any advice for advancing your career at Harbor? A: I would say that it is important to have patience when advancing at Harbor - the change can take time, but it's worth it in the end! Q: What roles have you held at Harbor? A: I started in the warehouse as Utility, then Order Selecting, then a Customer Service Representative, and most recently a Foodservice Program Coordinator. Q: What do you think is the most important quality to have to get your career started at Harbor? A: Ambition - If you are wanting to advance at Harbor, you need to share your interest with other departments, and let them know that you are willing to go above and beyond to move up in the company.
Posted on: July 11, 2023
Jared has a unique path here at Harbor, and has used knowledge gained throughout his years here to advance from role to role. Q: How did you make the transition from where you started to where you are now? A: When I started at Harbor, I was a route driver delivering to C-Stores. This was back before Harbor took on Subway as a customer. Back then, I wasn't thinking about going into management. After taking a year away from Harbor and coming back, we had fully grown into the foodservice business that we have today. After returning, I worked foodservice. Because of the knowledge of doing both types of routes, I was moved into more a training role. I have always enjoyed teaching and training people, so at that point I knew I wanted to move up and become a member of management. Q: How long have you been at Harbor? A: Originally. I joined in October 2013. I left in 2016 and came back in 2017. Q: Any advice for advancing your career at Harbor? A: Work hard and apply yourself. Never stop pushing yourself to be better. Set goals and do whatever you can to reach them. Q: What roles have you held at Harbor? A: Route Driver, Trainer, Lead Driver, Driver Supervisor, Assistant Transportation Manager Q: What do you think is the most important quality to have to get your career started at Harbor? A: Being genuine and motivated.
Posted on: June 21, 2023
Throughout Visuri's years here at Harbor, she has held many roles in a short amount of time! She started as a Store Solutions Representative and worked her way to her current role as a Territory Sales Manager. Q: How did you make the transition from where you started to where you are now? A: My prior retail c-store experience helped me incredibly in the transition of my roles here at Harbor. The ability to learn my roles fully, adapt to change, and be open to new opportunities also helped me grow. Q: How long have you been with Harbor? A: 3 years and 3 months Q: Any advice for advancing your career at Harbor? A: Step outside your comfort zone! Harbor has a lot of opportunities in various departments, and it is ultimately up to you to take that initial step. Learn everything you can in your current role and ask questions if something else interests you, but most importantly believe in yourself and give it your all. Q: What roles have you held at Harbor? A: Store Solutions Representative February 2020 through March 2021 / Lead Store Solutions Representative March 2021 through September 2022 / Foodservice Program Coordinator September 2022 through May 2023 / Territory Sales Manager May 2023 to present. Q: What do you think is the most important quality to have to get your career started at Harbor? A: Live by Harbor's core values. Be genuine with yourself, friendly with everyone, resourceful in everything you do, and stay motivated daily. If you follow these four values, you will go far here at Harbor.