Not only was I given the opportunity to serve our country, but I met some amazing people and made life-long friends along the way.At 1-800-Flowers.com and at FruitBouquets.com we’re all about creating truly original arrangements. What makes your military experience truly original? Not only was I given the opportunity to serve our country, but I met some amazing people and made life-long friends along the way. I also got paid to jump out of airplanes! 1-800-Flowers’ & FruitBouquets’ main mission is to deliver smiles. What about being in the 82nd Airborne Division makes you smile? It was an honor to serve in such a prestigious military unit, and to be a part of a new generation of paratroopers. I not only helped to uphold the traditions of our unit but I was also a part of a new and storied chapter in the legacy of the 82nd Airborne Division. Tell us your favorite and most heartwarming military related story. It would have to be the fact that during my second deployment to Sadr City, Iraq, my platoon brought home every one of our soldiers alive and reunited them with their families following a successful 12 month rotation.
What do you do at 1-800-Flowers.com? I’m an Associate in the Digital Leadership Program. I help to grow internal start-up brands for 1-800-Flowers.com, and learn about business in an immersive leadership program. I’ve been with the company since November 2013 and like having an opportunity to explore the finer points of what it means to be a successful entrepreneur. It’s also exciting to be mentored by an amazing group of colleagues. Since this is our special patriotic edition of the Employee Spotlight, can you tell us about your experience in the military? I served with the active duty Army and in the New York State National Guard. I was a Section Sergeant in an airborne infantry unit in the 82nd Airborne Division based in Ft. Bragg, NC, and I was a Squad Leader in the 1/69th Infantry Regiment’s Reconnaissance Platoon, based out of the Lexington Ave. Armory.