Luis Castaneda, Key Account Manager for the Oregon market at Raymond Handling Concepts Corporation (RHCC), a materials handling equipment supplier in Northern California, Nevada and the Pacific Northwest, was announced as the 2016 Face of the Supply Chain and the winner of MHI’s #iWorkInTheSupplyChain contest during the MODEX 2016 Industry Night on April 6, 2016.
Luis was born in Mexico and moved to Yakima, WA when he was only seven years old. He began his career managing a local auto parts center in Yakima, Washington, where he made such an impression while helping a tech who worked for Raymond Handling Concepts Corporation that he was invited to apply as soon as a position became available. He started with Raymond Handling Concepts Corporation in Eastern Washington as a Parts Sales Representative in January 2010 and moved into Account Manager position in 2012. Right away, he became thoroughly involved in the supply chain and enjoys every aspect of it.
“Growing up, I didn’t think that my future had much potential,” says Luis Castaneda. “The supply chain has given me a future full of potential. I work for a company that truly believes that ‘It’s not just business. It’s personal.’ Two years running I have achieved high sales numbers granting me to be a ‘Sales Lyon’ for RHCC. Every year that I achieve ‘Sales Lyon’ status I am able to give 1% of my booked GP to a charitable organization of my choice.”
Last year, Raymond Handling Concepts Corporation donated over $5,000 to the mission field in Zamora, Mexico. This mission field is one that Luis personally lead by taking a team of missionaries to help the local church in Zamora provide food for the poor, a safe place for recovering victims of drugs and alcohol and a place to help abandoned elderly people.
“The team at Raymond Handling Concepts has been honored to work alongside Luis for the past six years, and each one of us has witnessed his extraordinary work ethic and humble character,” said Steve Raymond, President of Raymond Handling Concepts Corporation. “Luis truly deserves the title of the Face of the Supply Chain as I believe I can speak for our entire team here when I say we all admire him for the direction he has taken his career and hold a great amount of respect for him for all that he has contributed to the community in Zamora, Mexico.”
To the young adults graduating from high school and college, Luis gives this advice: “I would encourage you to seriously consider the supply chain as a career. The potential is unlimited, the people you will meet are amazing and the impact you will have on this world is incredible.”