Getting There from part-time package handler to health & safety manager

It all started a little over fifteen years ago. I never would have guessed that the two UPS recruiters I met at the Johnson & Wales University career fair would one day be my teammates or that I would one day sit in the very office of my first Human Resources Manager. Being a District Health & Safety Manager certainly wasn't on the mind of the guy I affectionately refer to as Eighteen-year Old Dave.

That Dave, the one with a full head of hair, limitless dreams, and a lot to learn, thought that UPS would be a short-ish term job on his way to bigger and better things. He didn't know that those bigger and better things were wrapped up in brown. He was on a mission to put himself through college and UPS offered a solid entry-level wage, great benefits, and tuition assistance. Little did he know that between the real-world education in safety, human resources, and project management, his one year commitment would turn into the last fifteen years of my life.

From loading small propeller airplanes with premium packages to overseeing the safety programs for over 6,000 employees in two states, my time has been filled with many challenges, long days, sore muscles, and unforgettable moments. Beyond the pure work aspects, I've had the opportunity to represent UPS in the community with numerous non-profits, including Junior Achievement and the National Veterans Wheelchair Games.

If Eighteen-year Old Dave could see me now, he'd be surprised at the ease in which I navigate public speaking, something that once seemed terrifying. He'd see a confidence in decision-making that only experience can develop. He'd see that many of his future friends really do look good in brown. And, if I could tell him anything, I'd tell him to keep dreaming of bigger and better things because he will get there.

My sights are now set on making my way to The UPS Foundation, the philanthropic arm of UPS. Getting there, I'm looking forward to the new memories that I will make. Every journey is better with good people by your side. Perhaps you're looking for a seasonal job for a little extra cash, a foot in the door to be our next Health & Safety Manager, or to gain experience in management on your way to fulfilling your dreams. Join us and see how UPS can help you get there.

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