We have reached episode XXX of our ‘Meet the Team’ leadership spotlight interviews! Today, I got the opportunity to talk with new Harris Pride member, Jake Preissler. Jake is the first recruiter here A.H. Harris and celebrating his one month with the company this week. Within his few short weeks of being with the company, Jake has jumped in with both feet. This is a great opportunity for Jake to introduce himself so without further ado, let's hear from Jake!
Good Morning Jake, we are so excited you joined the Harris Pride! Tell us about your role at AH Harris.
I am the internal recruiter here at A.H. Harris. I am responsible for creating, implementing and managing the talent acquisition and hiring process from initial outreach through to the offer stage. This means reviewing candidate résumés, conducting phone screens, coordinating interviews with hiring managers so that we can hire the best candidates that will help us to continue to grow A.H. Harris. I feel that the most important part of my job is to share the Harris story and spread the word about Harris Pride.
Tell us about your first few weeks at Harris.
My first few weeks at Harris have been very special. I was able to visit Syracuse with Vance Harris and participate in the NYR roll out meeting and a week later I attended the 100th year summit celebration. It was so special to be exposed and so totally immersed in such a rich company culture of togetherness and passion for the company. I had such a great time and was so happy and excited to be able to attend not only to meet everyone but also to see right away first hand what Harris pride is all about.
Have you always had a job in Human Resources?
No, not always. Most of my recruiting experience has been on the agency side of the business or contract headhunting and for about 2 years I worked in a call center environment where I managed preventative maintenance services for 1,500+ McDonald’s locations. Suffice it to say I missed recruiting and rushed back into the business.
What is one thing you want our audience to know about working at Harris?
I think Harris is easily the most special place I have ever worked and I think that that sentiment is echoed throughout the organization. The teamwork, passion and positive energy is so contagious and I don’t think that you get that kind of chemistry very often in many other companies.
How would you describe Harris Pride?
I had been here 3 weeks when one of my mother’s oldest friends Andy Baker reached out to ask if I was working with A.H. Harris. When she told Andy I was working here he was so excited because back in 1988 he was with Harris and "Salesman of the Year" , held sales records and went on and on about what a wonderful place this was and how special it is to be part of the Harris family. Almost 30 years after Andy had left Harris, he is still celebrating Harris Pride and sharing his experience here with others; and after being here just 1 month I can absolutely see why. I think that’s what Harris Pride is all about.
Wow, what a great connection! We welcome you to the team, Jake. Thank you for your time.
For more information on open positions with A.H. Harris please browse our Career Opportunities. Jake works out of our corporate Headquarters in West Hartford, CT.