Path Of Progress: Zachary Hiester
Zachary works in RDC as a Warehouse Supervisor. During his time at Harbor he has worked a few different roles, and had some great thoughts to share about getting your career started at Harbor.
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Path Of Progress: Zachary Hiester

February 21, 2018

Zachary works in RDC as a Warehouse Supervisor. During his time at Harbor he has worked a few different roles, and had some great thoughts to share about getting your career started at Harbor.

Q: What roles have you held at Harbor?

Z: Utility/I have picked everywhere/Stamped Cigs/Consolidated/Inventory Control/PM Warehouse Supervisor.

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

Z: Aaron hired me into a PM utility position. I picked up boxes for a couple of months and then moved into eaches as an order selector. While working in eaches I was crossed trained on just about every PM position. After about a year, a position opened up In the freezer. I did that for another year or so. From there I moved into Inventory control. I learned a lot about how the AM shift worked while in that position, as well as learning a lot about the company in general. I did that for I believe close to 2 years. Then, a few months ago, Chris Ritter and Leon Dillon approached me with a promotion into a PM supervisor role. I gladly accepted. And that is what I am doing now.

Q: How long have you been with Harbor?

Z: 4 ½ years.

Q: Any advice for advancing your career at Harbor?

Z: For me, a willingness to work and a willingness to learn, has worked pretty well. Don’t be afraid to take on a big or important task.

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

Z: I don’t know if I could say just 1 quality that is most important. Everybody is different, and no 2 people will take the same path within the company. I think being genuine, motivated, resourceful, & friendly are all good qualities to have! 😊

Just be you, and be willing to learn and teach and your positive qualities will come out through that. This will be recognized by not only your supervisors and managers, but also your peers.

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