When I came to Publix in 1991, I started off in a part-time job in the Frozen Food Department. I was so impressed by the fact that by my second day every manager knew my name and made me feel welcome. Within a month, I was offered a full-time position.
A year or so later my manager called me and said that he knew of my mechanical background and wanted to know if I had any interest in working in the Maintenance Department. This was during a project involving the deconstruction of the racks and conveyors in the Dairy. By the time this project was complete, I was given the opportunity to transfer to the Building Maintenance Department as a Welder/Mechanic.
As a former heavy equipment mechanic I enjoyed the fact that there were so many different types of equipment to work on. Not long after I joined the Building Maintenance team, I earned a promotion to Class A Mechanic in the Automated Storage and Retrieval (ASRS) Department and have since progressed to Lead Mechanic for my Department.
I have always liked the fact that all the managers I have had over the years encourage me to recognize my strengths while also challenging me to learn more. The skills I have learned at Publix are valuable, but the most important thing I have realized is that it is easy to come to work every day if you enjoy what you're doing.