Path of Progress: Kristina Merritt
Kristina joined the Harbor team in 2017 as our Accounts Payable Lead. Since joining our accounting department, she’s been a part of their department’s growth, eventually transitioning to her current role of Accounts Payable Supervisor
Path Of Progress

Path of Progress: Kristina Merritt

March 20, 2020

Kristina joined the Harbor team in 2017 as our Accounts Payable Lead. Since joining our accounting department, she’s been a part of their department’s growth, eventually transitioning to her current role of Accounts Payable Supervisor.

Q: How did you make the transition from where you started to where you are now?

K: My initial role at Harbor began with a newly established position to support our AP team.  I had over 10 years of diverse accounting experience across many different industries. Harbor saw potential to strengthen our AP team structure by hiring me as a lead.

Q: How long have you been with Harbor?

K: I have been with Harbor for almost three years.  I often look back at where our team transitioned to modern, paperless workflow management, creating a huge turning point for our team within my first year.

Q: Any advice for advancing your career at Harbor?

K: I believe in order to truly advance your career at Harbor you need to be very versatile and resourceful.  Career advancement requires outside of the box thinking, being capable of wearing multiple ‘hats’, and ability to cross departmental lines to expand your knowledge and growth. If you are someone who is determined to find the answers you seek, then Harbor is the right fit.

Q: What roles have you held at Harbor?

K: I began as an AP lead for the accounting team in 2017.  Our enterprise has grown exponentially since then, creating the opportunity to lead further, by being promoted a year later as manager for our AP team.

Q: What do you think is the most important quality to have to get your career started at Harbor?

K: Harbor carries unique opportunities to those who are motivated to be in the driver seat of their own success.  If you are they type that can overcome any obstacle, likes fast paced, collaborative, team environments then your career at Harbor can, and will mature.  Although we have become a large enterprise, the family dynamic at Harbor is quite unique and beyond commendable.  Simply put, this unique motivator puts success in the hands of the individual and their teams.  In twenty years, I have not found in any other public or private enterprise that can compare to Harbor.

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