This is Honorio Boyet Padilla
Boyet is one of the newest Client Logistics Managers at Ernest. But that doesn’t mean he’s new to the game. In fact, he’s been working in warehousing for over 30 years, most recently for office supply heavy-hitter, Staples. That’s where he got the nickname “Slash,” because he wore so many hats and managed a team of over 400 employees.
Thankfully, Boyet decided to hang his ever-changing hat at our Portland division. PDX is also the place where he hangs another article of clothing: his belt. He comes to Ernest with a black belt in Lean Six Sigma, an operations method that helps teams boost performance, remove waste and reduce variation.
From Day One, Boyet has brought the inspiration. Which came from the most fitting place. The warehouse employees themselves. He encouraged his team to start every week with a new inspirational quote. A recent example? “The worst thing about being blind is having sight, but not vision.” Quotes like this not only get the team talking. They spark action. So much so that the Portland crew is now writing down what needs to be seen to fruition.
Boyet put it best, “When you write it down, you own it.”
Maybe that’s where his positivity comes from. By encouraging people to lead themselves. Always with safety and efficiency in mind, but never losing sight of the positivity, the energy or the fun. These are traits Boyet not only instills. They’re traits he embodies. He’s displayed them his whole life, since moving from the Philippines to the US in 1973, and ultimately calling the Pacific Northwest his home since 1976.
“I’ve never been part of a team more open and welcoming.” —Boyet
When we ask our employees what it’s like to work at Ernest, it’s funny how we keep coming up with the same answer, “It’s like a big family.” Which is fitting, since we’re a family-run business that prides itself on putting relationships first. Boyet echoed this sentiment, saying one his favorites aspects is the family feel. Whether its people bringing in food on a Friday or just taking care of one another in the smallest of ways, those are the big things for Boyet.
Also, being a family man himself, he appreciates the fact that his job affords him a good work/life balance. It gives Boyet the chance to spend more time with his teenage son, even more so than at of his past companies. Through his nature of being efficient—and by Ernest being open to trying new methods to streamline processes to save clients time and money—Boyet can focus on the stuff that’s important. Which is bonding with your team on the warehouse floor, then having time to enjoy your life after 5:00 p.m.