Welcome to part 57 of our favored 'Meet the Team' series with Jose Abreu, Purchasing Team Associate of our Fairfield, NJ branch! Jose has been with us for 2 years now and works not only in Fairfield, NJ but all over the GMA (Greater Metro Area) Region! He wears many hats here at A.H. Harris. Let's hear what Jose has to say!
Jose (Second from the right) at a Kenseal fishing trip last summer.
Hi Jose! What is your role at Harris?
Thank you for this opportunity! Currently I am a member of our Purchasing Team, responsible for our GMA Region.
What lead you to a career with Harris?
Before Harris, I worked in the Nightclub/Bar Business for 17 years, unfortunately the long days and late hours didn’t allow me much time to spend with my son who was 3 years old at the time. I was basically looking for a change of pace and something new and luckily, I had a friend who worked for A.H. Harris in Long Island City.
What was your first job ever?
My dad had a grocery store, “bodega” when I was growing up, so as a kid I worked the register and helped out where I could.
Describe Harris in three words:
Pride. Team. Service
What is your biggest accomplishment at Harris so far?
Being a part of the GMA when we won 'Region of the Year' at out companywide Harris Summit. I like to think we all played a part in that, and being able to get on stage with the rest of the team was a great experience!
What is something working at Harris has taught you?
Never stop learning, always ask the extra question!
Great advice, Jose! So far, what has been your favorite memory at Harris?
The GMA Centennial Celebration (Harris 100th year in business was 2016), we got to cruise all over New York City. It was an awesome time, with great people. I think it’s always great to be able to share some time outside of work with your team, have fun and celebrate accomplishments.
What does Harris Pride mean to you?
TEAMWORK! I came to Harris with no experience and have been able to learn so much from the people around me. Starting from the management who always encourage me to do better, to the inside sales guys who trained me when I first started 2 years ago, to my fellow purchasers now, who took time out and continue to teach me in my new position. Harris is Teamwork!
I couldn’t agree more! Anything else about you?
We just had our second child 3 months ago, Zayden!
That’s amazing, Jose! Congratulations to you and your family and thank you for speaking with us!
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