This post kicks off a new monthly blog post series where we profile one of our employees, so you can get to know us better. Funny enough, if you've spent time on our website, you've probably already met some of our employees without even knowing it. Our employees are always the models in our photos– they’re just so photogenic! In this brief Q&A, you’ll learn a little bit about them, and what they really think about being a model for Anthro.
What's your position at Anthro, and how long have you worked here?
I work in the shipping department. I'm the senior shipper. I started at Anthro on June 21, 2011, I believe, so it's been almost three and a half years.
What's your favorite thing about Anthro Corporation?
This company looks like a family. It's like we have a Dad, Shoaib (President/Co-founder), and a Mom, Cathy (Vice President/Co-founder), and everybody takes care of each other. It's not like the big corporations where you're just by yourself and you're bored and you're just doing your job. In this case, everybody knows each other, so it's a big family. That's something I really like about Anthro.
You see Shoaib right there, and Cathy over there, talking to you, so it's cool. You know in the big corporations, usually the Vice President or the President never show up and when they do, you have to have a party or something because they're coming. We already know Shoaib and Cathy. So that's something you don't see in other companies.
Tell us something that happened while working at Anthro that you've never forgotten.
Two weeks after I started, the guy I was working with, who was supposed to be my trainer, quit, so basically I was on my own after that. Of course I had experience, but every company operates in different ways... I don't think that's something you can forget really easily. But I got support from everyone; everyone knew I was new, so everyone helped me out.
What's one thing most people don't know about you?
I was born in Guatemala, and I basically I grew up in different places. I studied in Costa Rica, at the University of Costa Rica; I traveled all over Central America... Honduras, Nicaragua, and I've been to different states in the U.S. So I was kind of traveling back and forth, and then in 1996, when I met my wife, I decided to stay here in Oregon. Also, I studied theology to become a pastor. I didn't finish my degree, but it's something that I want to finish someday.
On a scale from 1 (it was torture) to 10 (it was great), how would you rate your experience as an Anthro model?
I would say it was a 9 because I never thought I could do it. I know that I'm an outgoing person, but when you are in front of everybody and you are the focus of attention, it's kind of nerve wracking. The good thing was that I was there with Michael and Melissa (members of our Creative Team), and we were just playing and joking around, so it was fun.