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Employee Spotlight: Allen Harlan

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Allen has been with Blue Ridge Builders supply for a long time, but he hasn’t always been a paint salesman at our Greenbrier store. He began his career in Crozet, eventually working his way up through the years and building a friendly, long-lasting reputation. Allen is best known around here for DJ-ing our company events, such as our picnics or holiday party, but there’s more to him than that! Learn more about Allen in his spotlight interview below.


  1. What do you like most about your job at BRBS? “Interacting with contractors.”


  1. Describe your journey at BRBS. Did you start at another position and get promoted? “I started on the dock [in Crozet] running tickets in 2004, then I was moved to the Guard Shack – which was different back then than it is now, later I was moved again to the stair shop where I spent two years.  Then I was moved to the Crozet paint department, and later moved to the Greenbrier store in Charlottesville.”


  1. Describe “a day in the life” of your job. What do you do in a typical day? “Assist customers over the phone and in person to achieve the right color and finish for their projects, and assist with stock and inventory.”


  1. How did you come to get a job here? How did you hear about it, what led you here? “I heard about and opening at BRBS through a former employee. I applied and was hired.”


  1. What are a few of your favorite hobbies outside of work? “Playing drums, fishing, camping, working on small engines, and cutting grass.”


  1. What is your favorite movie, TV show, or book? Favorite musician or music genre? “Favorite TV show is Street Outlaws on Discovery. Favorite movie: Smokey and The Bandit.   I enjoy all music, but mainly hip hop and rock.”


  1. Where is your favorite place to visit or vacation to take? “Pigeon Forge, TN and Virginia Beach, VA”


  1. Describe your family. (Married, kids, etc.) “Married to my lovely wife Kristian for 16 years in June, and I have a 17-year-old son, Kevin.”


  1. What is your biggest goal for the next 5-10 years at BRBS? “Don’t have one set yet.”


  1. Name 3 words you would use to describe what BRBS means to you. “Family, loyalty and pride.”


  1. What is at the very top of your bucket list? “Playing drums in a concert hall with a touring band.”


  1. What is a random fact that most people don’t know about you? “I can fix just about anything.”


  1. What is one thing you’ve learned about yourself since working at BRBS? “I can learn to do just about anything if the opportunity presents itself.”


  1. If you could go back to when you first started your job, what is one piece of advice you would give your past self? “I wish I had taken advantage of the four ten hour days while working at the stair shop instead of trying to squeeze in more hours by working at least a half day on Friday and/or Saturday.”


  1. What is your motto in life? “It is what it is.”
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