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Posted on: January 11, 2023
Leon has worked various roles at Harbor, starting as a Stocker and working diligently to achieve his current role as Warehouse Manager. Q: How did you make the transition from where you started to where you are now? A: My career in grocery wholesale started with a company that Harbor later acquired. While there I went from order selection to stocking, and then on to delivery driver. I had a brief hiatus to pursue an opportunity driving elsewhere.  I returned after hearing how much Harbor had improved the operation, and incentivized hard work. Since then I have continued to learn and have always wanted more. I guess you could say I like a challenge, and here we are! Q: How long have you been with Harbor? A: It will be 15 short years on March 5th 2023 Q: Any advice for advancing your career at Harbor? A: My advice is to be a continuous learner. Ask questions and get involved. Take on more and be proud to do so, and when more is asked of you take it as a compliment. Q: What roles have you held at Harbor? A: Stocker, Delivery Driver, Receiver, Supervisor, A.M. Warehouse Manager, and currently Warehouse Manager.
Posted on: January 11, 2023
Through his years at Harbor, Adam worked in various roles, starting as a Delivery Driver and moving to his current role as a Transportation Manager. Q. How did you make the transition from where you started to where you are now?   A. My first role at Harbor was a full-time delivery driver out of the Tumwater, WA warehouse, which later moved to the current Lacey, WA warehouse.  I worked as a delivery driver for 10 years and enjoyed working directly with our customers and salesreps.  After we moved to the Lacey warehouse, I showed interest in moving up within the company and into a management position, but I wasn’t selected.  I guess it wasn’t the right time.  A management opportunity came available later, but it required relocating my family to the Marysville, WA area.  After taking that initial step, I began to learn new things about Harbor and the operations and continued advancing throughout different roles, to where I am now. Q. How long have you been with Harbor?  A. Feb 2023 will be 17 years. Q. Any advice for advancing your career at Harbor?  A. Stay true to Harbor’s core values of being genuine, motivated, resourceful, and friendly.  There are a lot of opportunities within Harbor to advance because the company is continually growing.  Advancing within the company will require constant improvement because there are a lot of things to learn about an operation. Q. What roles have you held at Harbor? A. Feb 2006- Delivery driver- Tumwater, WA and Lacey, WA July 2016- North Area Driver supervisor- Mount Vernon and Everett, WA July 2018- Dispatch supervisor- Lacey, WA April 2019- Driver supervisor- Lacey, WA March 2021- Assistant transportation manager- Lacey, WA July 2022- Transportation manager- Lacey, WA Q. What do you think is the most important quality to have to get your career started at Harbor? A. I think the most important quality is being friendly and working with others.  Harbor is a family, and a family is a team.  Working together as a team is extremely important. 
Posted on: October 31, 2022
Through her years at Harbor, Ashley has worked in different roles within the Warehouse and eventually transitioned to her current role as an Accounts Payable Clerk. Q: How did you make the transition from where you started to where you are now? A: I felt like my transition was natural within the company, I knew I couldn’t jump straight into an office role when I had no experience about the company or about food distribution in general. My only work experience was retail and being a barista. When looking to advance, I looked for positions I believed I was qualified for while achieving what I was looking for. My time working in the warehouse has certainly helped me in my office positions as I know the process of the outflow of product as well as the incoming. I am able to share my knowledge with my teams and help answer questions when the come up. Q: How long have you been with Harbor? A: I have been with Harbor for 5.5 years, I started in April of 2017 when I was 19! Q: What roles have you held at Harbor? A: I started in the Warehouse printing Tags as well as being an Order Selector. From there I moved to an inventory role on the PM shift, followed by a change to the AM Receiving Team. From there I decided I would like to be in an office role so I moved to a Customer Service Position. I then transitioned to a position as the Accounting Admin Assistant and my most recent position is an Accounts Payable Clerk. Q: What do you think is the most important quality to have to get your career started at Harbor? A: I think the most important quality to have is the desire to learn and try new things. I love learning and am always willing to take on more work if I am able to. Harbor has changed so much in the short amount of time that I have been here, I have loved getting to work with new people in different department and seeing how other positions relate to each other as I continue to progress within the company.
Posted on: May 5, 2022
How did your internship experience at Harbor prepare you for your professional career? As an intern here at Harbor I was fortunate enough to work on the implementation of a new Warehouse Management System. Working on a project that is so impactful to the daily operations at Harbor I had the opportunity collaborate with several different departments to understand how each department and every individual at Harbor work together to achieve their goals. After school I was unsure on the direction I wanted to take my career, my time as Intern gave me the opportunity to explore my options for a career path and go in the direction that I found best for me. I have been with Harbor for 5 years now and they have been great about allowing individuals to take control of their career path and goals. What was the most important thing you learned from your time interning? As an intern I was very excited to work and collaborate with so many different people in the company. During my internship I quickly learned the importance of communication and working together as a team to achieve our goals. What roles have you’ve held at Harbor? -Information Technology/Logistics Intern -Business Analyst -Enterprise Systems Analyst -Software Developer What is the most important piece of advice for having a successful career at Harbor? Be accepting and excited about change, to be a successful business you go through a lot of change and improvements over time. Harbor has grown a ton over the years, and it has been fun to be a part of the growth and work with so many people that have years of knowledge and experience. Being prepared to take on the challenges of growth will set you up for a successful career at Harbor.
Posted on: April 19, 2022
How did your internship experience at Harbor prepare you for your professional career? The internship experience helped me learn the importance of building an effective report that everyone can understand. I learned that it’s not about how much data you have, but rather it’s about how can you make the data accessible to everyone. Having numbers is a great tool to have but unless you are able to break it down for others to use then it will not be useful. In my current role I am always building and maintaining reports that are used across multiple departments. Each time I build a new report I always pull from my past experiences as an intern. What was the most important thing you learned from your time interning? The most valuable thing I learned was how each department fits within the operation. The internship program allowed me to meet with many people in different roles in the business. I spoke and learned from people in just about every department. Understanding how every department worked helped me see the entire picture of the operation. What roles have you held at Harbor? Order Selector pick mods for two summersOperations InternQuality Assurance CoordinatorQuality Assurance and Safety Coordinator (Same position as above, but just added workplace safety to my role) What is the most important piece of advice for having a successful career at Harbor? The most important piece of advice that I can give someone would be to never be afraid of making a mistake. Harbor is a great working environment that will allow you to used missed opportunities as a chance to grow and learn in your career.
Posted on: April 19, 2022
How did your internship experience at Harbor prepare you for your professional career? My internship at Harbor allowed me to have a hands-on experience applying the knowledge from both what I had learned in school, along with new knowledge I gained during the internship. Collaborating with different departments gave me the chance to ask questions and learn about different roles and responsibilities within the company. An important component of an internship is to learn from others around you and everyone at Harbor is willing to put their current "to do's" down to talk or let you shadow them if you are interested. Harbor puts you in a position to grow both your hard and soft skills through different day-to-day tasks, projects, and activities that will help build a foundation for your career. What was the most important thing you learned from your time interning? I was able to increase my comprehension of the supply chain and get a more in-depth understanding of all the components. Throughout my internship, I learned how vital each role is to get the right product to the customer at the right place, the right price, the right time, and the right quantity. What roles you've held at Harbor? Procurement InternReplenishment BuyerItem and Pricing SpecialistLogistics Manager What is the most important piece of advice for having a successful career at Harbor? Always be willing to take on a challenge. Many opportunities will arise as Harbor continues to grow that will allow you to improve not only yourself but the company as well. Do not be afraid to take something on that is asked of you even if you don't know the answer right away. Reach out to those around you to piece together a solution as there are many talented people within the Harbor family with years of industry experience.
Posted on: March 20, 2020
Hunter started at Harbor in 2018 as an Order Selector. Through his passion of learning new things and hard work, he transitioned to his current role of Operations Manager in PDC. Hunter shared some thoughts on his path of progress during his time at Harbor. Q: How did you make the transition from where you started to where you are now? H: My first role at Harbor was as an Order Selector, but I was given the opportunity to work in different departments throughout the warehouse. I also went out on routes with the Drivers for a week. With the cross-training that I had received I was able to float between different departments and help out where needed. After working for a few months I was offered the role of Order Selection Trainer. In this role I was partially responsible for the onboarding of new hires and helping them get acclimated to the flow of work in the warehouse. This position also helped me practice my leadership skills and begin to learn even more about the company. In addition to training new hires I was able to help Supervisors with some of their day-to-day tasks and learn more about what specifically went in to their job. Management was very supportive of my desire to learn more about the company and to develop my leadership skills. The support from Operations leadership and my desire to learn more about Harbor is what allowed me to reach my current position. Q: How long have you been with Harbor? H: I have been with Harbor since 11/08/2018. Q: Any advice for advancing your career at Harbor? H: My advice for advancing your career at Harbor is to adhere to the company values of genuine, motivated, resourceful, and friendly. Q: What roles have you held at Harbor? H: I have been an Order Selector in various departments, an Order Selection Trainer, Freezer/Cooler Supervisor, and my present role as the Operations Manager. Q: What do you think is the most important quality to have to get your career started at Harbor? H:  I think the most important quality to have is the desire to learn new things about Harbor and how it operates.
Posted on: March 16, 2020
Joy started at Harbor in 2015 as a Credit Clerk. Through her years at Harbor, she’s worked in different roles within Customer Service eventually transitioning to her current role of Customer Service & Sales Support Lead. Q: How did you make the transition from where you started to where you are now? J: I made the effort to become an authority in my roles at Harbor. I learned everything I could about how the Customer Service Department works and how we interacted with other departments across the company. I want to be the best at what I do, and I never stopped learning. I made sure my supervisor was aware that I wanted more and was willing to put in the time and effort it would take to move forward. Q: How long have you been with Harbor? J: It will be 7 years in July Q: Any advice for advancing your career at Harbor? J: Be open to every opportunity that comes your way. You also have to take responsibility for your own growth. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Don’t be afraid to approach your supervisor about ideas, and never stop asking what else you can do. If you are willing to put in the effort you will get so much out of working here at Harbor. Q: What roles have you held at Harbor? J: I started as a Credit Clerk, then promoted to Customer Service Rep, then to Sales Support Admin, and finally I am now the Customer Service and Sales Support Lead Q: What do you think is the most important quality to have to get your career started at Harbor? J: Perseverance. Do the best you can every day. If you are showing that you want what is best for the company and you are growing, it will be noticed. It will not happen overnight, but Harbor is growing. I firmly believe that if you want it and work hard you will get there.