Our “5 Questions With” blog segment gives you the inside scoop on the inner workings of Edible Arrangements® by bringing you an exclusive look at the work lives of some EA corporate employees. This week, we talked to one of our Directors of Operations, Ron Oliveri, to learn a little more about how he and his team work to bring our mission “To WOW You” to life out in the field.
1. What are you working on right now (if you can tell us)?
I’m working with my team of Franchise Business Leaders (FBLs) to assist our Franchise Partners in developing a strong Business Gifting “machine.” We’re also preparing for and trying to maximize the opportunities around the upcoming holiday season. This is a great time of year not only to make the most of our sales potential now through the end of the year, but to also set the stage for really strong everyday business right off the bat in 2014.
2. What is the absolute best part of your job?
I get to spend my days interacting with so many terrific people. I have the opportunity to learn new things, share ideas, and help others become more successful.
3. What’s your favorite kind of chocolate dipped fruit?
That’s an easy one — our Pineapple Cupcake Pops! They were just being introduced when I first joined the Edible® team. I like pineapple, I like chocolate, and I really like white chocolate, but when you combine them all, the flavor profile it creates is INCREDIBLE! I just love ‘em!
4. Tell us something you’ve learned while working for Edible Arrangements®?
Well, I’ve discovered that I actually DO have an artistic side! I’ve always been good at eating arrangements, but now, learning how to create them has added to the fun! It’s so exciting to see the finished product. I’m proud of that!
But actually, I’ve learned so many things, and, as I mentioned earlier, I feel so fortunate to be able to interact with so many talented and passionate Franchise Partners. I learn at least one new thing on every store visit.
5. What’s the best part about working for a company like Edible Arrangements®?
No matter where I go, when people see the logo on my shirt, I always get the same response, “Wow you work at Edible Arrangements®, I LOVE THEM”! The level of pride and passion at the home office and in the field that created and maintains that kind of excitement can’t be matched anywhere else.
Would you like to work with the team at the Edible Arrangements International corporate headquarters in Wallingford, CT? Find out how you can join us here: http://www.ediblearrangements.com/about/Careers.aspx