Warehouse Manager Rick Garcia has been with Sundt since 1983 and has served in his current role for 23 years. A Phoenix native, Rick started with the company in Tucson as a driver. He moved back to his hometown in 1994 to manage our warehouse.
What are your responsibilities as the Warehouse Manager?
My duties are to support the field with quality equipment and forming systems while managing inventory and purchasing in bulk if necessary to help keep costs down.
What do we keep at the warehouse?
We stock all personal protective equipment, small tools and forming systems for jobs. We are also capable of building concrete forms that get shipped to the job for placement.
How hard is it to keep up with everything?
It is crucial that everyone must have the same goals. Safety, quality and support is what we pride ourselves on and having to do things twice would be not only a waste of time, but very costly.
What’s one of the more gratifying things that has happened to you on the job?
One of the non-profits our Sundt Foundation supports needed our help when its handyman had his tools stolen. It’s a small organization that helps people in the Tucson area and it didn’t have the money to replace the tools. We worked with our supplier to get the handyman set up with an account that allowed him to replace the tools at no charge. Our vendors are really generous people and we’re lucky to work with them.
What’s your favorite TV show?
I would have to say “Seinfeld.” Funny thing is I never watched it when it played many years ago but watch all the reruns almost every day. “No soup for you!”
What do you like to do away from work?
I like to travel and when I retire I will drive my motorhome all around this beautiful country.