New Manager for Harp's
Julio Juan recently took over as manager of Harps in Rector and he is beginning to get into the full swing of things.
"Everyone here is so pleasant and the people are wonderful," Juan said of his co-workers and the Rector community. He missed Labor Day by a week. One of his co-workers handed him the Labor Day Picnic edition of the CCTD and told him he could get an idea of what the community is like. "I'm looking forward to the picnic next year, and putting the baby in one of the pageants," Juan said.
Juan grew up one of seven children born to Felix and Makayla Juan, a first generation to move to the U.S. from Guatemala. Juan was raised in Bentonville and is a 2007 graduate of Rogers High School in Northwestern Arkansas. He was a member of the Boy Scouts throughout adolescent life. He took three things away from his experience in the scouts -- "Do what is right, make the right choices and leadership skills."
After high school he attended the University of Central Arkansas in Conway for two years before moving back to Bentonville, where he gained employment with the local Walmart for three years. After a short stint at Lowe's, he took a cashier and stocking position at Harps in Bentonville. He happened to be in the "right place at the right time" and one week later he was closing manager. He spent a year and a half in the position before moving to daytime dairy manager. He hadn't been in the dairy department long when his district manager chose him for the company's six month manager trainee program. He then spent a year and a half at the Cabot location and another year at a brand new store in Grove, Okla., driving 50 miles one way to work every day.
A chance meeting at a friend's house led to him marrying the love of his life Haley, on Oct. 19, 2014. Almost a year later the couple was expecting a baby. Wanting to be closer to home, Juan moved to a store in Centerton, which was only 10 minutes from the couple's home. However, after five months at Centerton and the arrival of baby Parker in July, Juan began to look for an alternative manager position to allow Haley to become a stay-at-home mom.
"I had mentioned the open position at Rector to her several times, but she didn't really want to move away from home," Juan said. However, as the end of her maternity leave grew closer she began to entertain the idea, and Juan applied for the open position in Rector.
With only one week to move Juan moved with his wife and three daughters, three-month-old Parker, 12-year-old Melia and 10-year-old Mina, to Paragould and began working at the Rector Harps location.
Becoming conditioned to his new position has taken up most of Juan's time presently, but "I'm looking forward to getting settled and getting out into the community," he said.