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.
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Path of Progress: Ryan Stamatz

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.

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