Path of Progress Intern Feature: Brandon Williams
As we look for interns to join our team this summer, we wanted to highlight some team members who started in that role at Harbor, and went on to start their professional careers.
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Path of Progress Intern Feature: Brandon Williams

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.

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Through Chelsea's years at Harbor, she started as a Replenishment Buyer for Candy/Beverage in July of 2011, working various roles in between, and moving to her current role as Brands Manager. Q: How long have you been with Harbor? A: 11 years Q: What roles have you held at Harbor? A: Replenishment buyer for candy/beverage, Category Manager for: beverage, cooler, frozen, grocery edible, grocery non-edible, grab & go, snacks, then Brands Manager. Q: How did you make the transition from where you started to where you are now? A: I took the time to listen and learn. By watching how others went about things, I observed what worked and what didn't and learned what effective communication looks like. By trying a lot of different types of systems, processes, tasks, strategies, I learned not only what my strengths are, but what I enjoy the most. Q: What do you think is the most important quality to have to get your career started at Harbor? A: Being proactive. Don't wait for someone to tell you to do something. If something needs doing, do it. Look for ways to improve things. Can things be done more efficiently or effectively? If so, then put a plan together. Don't be shy about sharing your ideas. Even if your suggestion can't be implemented for some reason, it shows that you are motivated (one of our Harbor values!) and can think outside the box. Q: Any advice for advancing your career at Harbor? A: I think for the most successful folks, advancement for the sake of a title change or "climbing the ladder" is not the main objective in showing up for work every day. Instead, it is almost more of a byproduct. If you dedicate yourself to doing your job to the best of your ability, show you are willing to learn and solve problems, treat others how you would want to be treated, you're bound to go places.
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Jeremy's Path of Progress is unique in that he transitioned roles within a short amount of time at Harbor! Q: How did you make the transition from where you started to where you are now? A: Having the work experience from prior employers, an understanding of Harbor's processes, and an intimate knowledge of the dispensed beverage segment helped me make the transition into the role I am in currently. Q: Any advice for advancing your career at Harbor? A: Communicate with all departments within the company, and learn as much as you can about how we go to market and how the business is ran. People will always be the most important part of Harbor, however, understanding the processes of how we do business will help to not only advance your career, but also to make recommendations on how to improve upon what is already in place. Team members are trusted to make business decisions, so learning as much as you can about our business will give you the knowledge to make educated decisions. Q: What roles have you held at Harbor? A: Foodservice Sales Developer from January 2020 - March 2021 to my current role as a Beverage Foodservice Program Manager Q: What do you think is the most important quality to have to get your career started at Harbor? A: When starting a career with Harbor, the company values are instilled immediately. Genuine. Motivated. Resourceful. Friendly. All of these qualities are important when starting a career with Harbor. Being genuine and friendly allows for strong relationships to be built with team members and customers alike. Being motivated to truly be "obsessed with our customers success" sets us apart from all of the competition, and allows for Harbor, its team members, and our customers to succeed. Being resourceful and continuing to learn new skills and processes to better yourself and the company will make you a true asset to Harbor from your start date. All of our values are important for different reasons, but they all are part of the roadmap to success within Harbor.