Santos Flores brings a tremendous amount of professionalism, positivity, and passion to his work with him each and every day at the Rise Spring Lake Park production facility where he works as a warehouse supervisor. When you talk to Santos, it’s easy to be impressed by his infectious positive attitude and commitment to his job.
When asked why he enjoys his work at Rise so much, Santos said: “Every morning when I come to work, it is like coming to my second home. It’s always exciting and it never gets old.”
What does a day in his shoes look like? As a warehouse supervisor, Santos starts his mornings bright and early at 7:30 a.m. First on his agenda is processing paperwork; once that’s completed, Santos spends the rest of his day checking production inventory, overseeing the arrival of shipments, processing and preparing shipments of finished product being sent out, managing Rise’s computerized production and materials management systems, and accounting for the many details that go into having an efficient and productive work environment.
As you can see, Santos stays really busy.
Santos has been working with Rise for 18 years and has built a reputation for being focused, attentive, and always wearing a big smile. His hard work, positive attitude, and commitment to his job contributed to Santos being awarded the Champion of the Mission award in 2012.
Santos considers one of the biggest perks of his job to be working with a group of wonderful people. “Coming into work and talking to the people we serve has always been one of my favorite parts of my job at Rise,” Santos says. “Seeing how happy they are is very rewarding to me.”
Born in Nicaragua, Santos grew up in Costa Rica, and then moved to Minnesota when he was 20. When he’s not working, and the frigid Minnesota weather is cooperating, Santos loves spending time outdoors traveling, camping, and going to concerts. A veteran of many winter Polar Plunges, Santos jumps into frigid lake waters in January with a team of White Bear Lake firefighters to help raise money for Minnesota Special Olympics. He enjoys spending time with friends and family, too.
What makes working for Rise so special for Santos?
“Rise is a great organization to work for!” Santos says. “In the past 18 years, I’ve seen so many good things this company has provided for so many people with special needs. It’s always nice to know that what I do every day helps a lot of people we serve so they can always count on something productive to do when they come to work. Knowing that we are fulfilling our customers’ expectations—is also very important to me!”
As mentioned, Santos truly loves the team of people he gets to work with at Rise. “Having the respect from my coworkers is pretty amazing,” he says. “Everyone at Rise supports and understands each other.”
Rise is thrilled to have people like Santos helping us carry out our mission.
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