More than the clothes we create, Gap Inc. is defined by its people. Meet some of the talented people who make Gap Inc. great. #WeAreGapInc
What do you do for Gap Inc.?
I work in Store Operations for Old Navy. In a nutshell, my team and I make sure that our stores look good, that they have the data that they need to drive the business, and (probably most importantly) we help make sure that our store employees are getting paid.
What inspires you?
My children inspire me. They inspire me to see life through their eyes as they grow up and experience the world, and that brings magic into my life every day.
Casual, comfortable, and simple.
I never realized that I had a go-to outfit, until one morning, when my wife asked me which blue button-down shirt I was going to wear…because ALL of my button-downs are blue! So, if I had to pick a go-to outfit, I would pick a blue button-down, a pair of comfortable jeans, and some sneakers.
All-time favorite piece of clothing
A green jean jacket that I bought at Gap in the early 90’s. I didn’t have enough money to buy it when I first saw it, but took on odd jobs and worked some extra shifts until I could afford it. I remember calling the store every week for about two months to make sure that they still had it in stock. I wore that jacket for about 10 years…it was totally worth it!
I love building things, both virtually and physically. Having kids gave me an excuse to play with Legos again. I bought “them” (aka me) yet another Lego set not too long ago.
What you’ve learned from customers
We here at Gap Inc. sometimes get caught up in the big things that we’re working on, but our customers notice the small things that we do, too. Whether it’s how we merchandise our product, how we price our product, what promotions we have going on, or our in-store environment, the details are just as important as the big things. Smiling at someone can make their day.
Favorite Gap Inc. moment
My first day. After working at several retailers, it was immediately clear to me that the culture, the energy and the environment at this company was second to none, and I could feel it as soon as I walked into the building on my very first day here. From that moment, I knew this was the place for me. It’s only gotten better since then.
My first year in high school, I worked at a local dry cleaner. I learned a lot about dry cleaning and clothing that I never thought I’d know!
I was in a meeting at a former employer where multiple levels of the organization were represented. There were no introductions, so I wasn’t sure who was who. I remember leaving that meeting trying to figure out where each person was in the organization and was later shocked to learn that my impressions of the people at that meeting were totally different than what level they actually were in the company. You should never have to tell people your title; it should always be apparent through the value you add, the leadership you bring, the questions you ask, and the presence you bring to every interaction.
Always puts you in a good mood
My family. Dancing with my kids. Sitting on the beach with my wife. Finishing a project. A simple pat on the back. Laughing with my team. Watching cartoons. Cooking.
It is hard to pick just one…I enjoy all kinds of music, and I find a new theme song every week or so based on my mood, events going on in my life, or what radio station I am listening to. If I had to pick just one, it would be “Eye of the Tiger” because I love the energy in classic rock from the 70’s and 80’s.
Something people don’t know about you
I play guitar, and I’m learning to play the ukulele. I love having “jam” sessions with my kids where I play the guitar, they play their toy instruments, and we make up songs together.
What makes you most excited to come to work in the morning?
The people excite and inspire me. There are so many smart people at Gap Inc. who challenge me to be my best every day.
What makes your job unique?
I wear many hats. My tasks can range from influencing a store design to data analytics, or they could range from ordering toilet paper to brainstorming new sustainability initiatives. The diversity of projects I work on is what I love most about my job.
What is the Gap Inc. Environmental Council?
The Environmental Council is an internal leadership team, with members representing each of the Gap Inc. functional areas that have an impact on the environmental performance of our stores, headquarters, and distribution centers. We have representatives from our brands, Real Estate, Finance and Logistics, and we work together on solutions that will reduce our environmental impact and help fuel business growth. Right now, we’re laser-focused on implementing the initiatives necessary to meet our 2020 climate and waste goals.
Why is being a part of this initiative important to you?
I love spending time outdoors. I want to leave this world knowing that I did something to make it a better place so my kids and theirs can enjoy it as much as I do.
Why Gap Inc.?
The people, the culture, the energy, the challenge, the constant push to make the best retail company even better.