Semios Washington Account Manager Profiled On agri.CULTURE
Find out how Pedro found his way back to the orchard.
“My Dad came here from Mexico with nothing. I was only 7 years old then. I wouldn’t see my dad much because he was always working in the orchards. I missed him so much that one day I took the bus from town to the orchard. He was mad at me and told me to go home, I was like Dad… I want to see what you are doing all day. So he took me with him for the day. Back then they changed water with siphon tubes. My thumb wasn’t big enough to get the hoses going with water, so I had to use my palm. He started at one end and I started on the other. I liked helping him and I got to go more often. He started coming home at 6:30 -7, so it was helpful for him. I learned a lot from him.
When I graduated from high school, I didn’t want to work in agriculture so I went to college. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do, I went to Eastern, got out and still didn’t really know what I wanted to do. I worked in a couple of retail jobs and I was really good at that. I just wasn’t making enough money. I talked with my dad about not being happy with what I was doing. He says to me… “What do you know?” Well, I know the orchard, so I went back to school for two years and graduated in general Ag and Horticulture. From there I picked up a couple of jobs and bounced around some but ended up with a good company.
I still felt like I could do better, so I kept looking until I found the company I work for now. I checked out their web site and listened to the CEOs vision for the company and knew that this was the place for me. It was a little scary to leave a good job, but I took the leap of faith.
I enjoy what I do every day. I enjoy the customers and watching apples grow. I really like helping people grow good products. I now get a lot of job offers, but I really like the direction this company is going. My Dad is really proud of me and that means a lot. I know I made the right decision.”
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