Celebrating Team Tropical: Terry

November 27, 2018

Terry Awalt, General Manager

In our Celebrating Team Tropical series, we commemorate our employees’ work anniversaries by getting to know them and their role at Tropical Foods better. Meet Terry who is the General Manager for our Dallas and Memphis locations. He celebrates 12 YEARS with the company this month!

Tell us about your role at Tropical:

I have been with Tropical twelve years. I am in charge of sales and operations for all product that ships from our Memphis and Dallas locations. The two operating centers cover 16 states. I am lucky to have nine Territory Managers that are direct reports along with two warehouse managers and two inside sales managers.

What’s your favorite part of your job?

The favorite part of my job is watching the growth and success of our employees and the excitement and rewards they enjoy as a team. Our employees are the heartbeat of the company and every year we have been lucky enough to increase the number of employees at Tropical.

What project/success are you most proud of here?

In the beginning when I started in Dallas, Mr. York didn’t know my name but called me “Dallas”. I asked him when he was coming to visit our operation and he said he wasn’t coming until we were profitable. Less than a year later, Mr. York pulled up to our building with a big smile and he actually knew my name!! And yes we were profitable!!

What’s your favorite memory from working here?

Winning Operating Center of the Year twice in Dallas.

What is on your wish list for your next five years here?

Double digit sales growth for the company and above industry average profitability.

What would you do (for a career) if you weren’t doing this?

I would be a Wildcatter in the oil industry.

If you could choose anyone, who would you pick as your mentor?

Ronald Reagan

Tell us something that might surprise us about you:

I like going to Broadway plays in New York City.

If they made a movie of your life, who would play you?

The great late Burt Reynolds

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