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About Garrett

HR Generalist

After a long career in retail management, the last 8 years of which I spent managing a large PetSmart store, I find myself in a brand new role supporting the Portland and Reno processing centers as an HR Generalist. I have always been passionate about development and love spending my days moving the puzzle pieces behind the scenes to ensure we have great people on our team, and helping to develop their skills for success. My greatest career satisfaction comes from helping someone develop a skill that improves their work performance and also translates to greater success in their personal life.

When Not at ThriftBooks

My hobbies range from playing tabletop strategy and roleplaying games to cooking, reading and disc golf. More than anything I find my joy from getting lost in the backcountry! Whether hiking, running, scrambling, floating, paddling, or contemplating, I love to explore the peaks, valleys and beaches of the Pacific Northwest!

Recommended Reads

Finding Our Way by Margaret Wheatley – Wheatley takes inspiration from quantum physics and organizational tendencies found within living systems in nature and uses them as a beacon of hope and positive leadership.  Her teaching can create an environment that not only improves your leadership, but can help you improve the world as well.

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain – Affirmation that it is OK to be an Introvert, and how introverts benefit our organizations and society.

Magic for Beginners by Kelly Link – A book that has meant different things to me at different points in my life.  A reminder that there are many paths leading us to our enlightenment. 

Reading Now

Just finished Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders. Also reading Ethnobotany of Western Washington when out in the forest and field!

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