Celebrating Team Tropical: Thea

February 5, 2018

Thea Hatton, Buyer/Inventory Coordinator

In our Celebrating Team Tropical series, we commemorate our employees’ work anniversaries by getting to know them and their role at Tropical better. Meet Thea who is a Buyer/Inventory Coordinator in our corporate Charlotte office and is celebrating 15 YEARS with the company.

Tell us about your role at Tropical:

I have worked at Tropical for 15 Years. I have worn many hats which has allowed me to learn and grow with the company. I am currently part of the Purchasing Team where I manage a select group of vendors and also coordinate inventory between Charlotte and 4 of our other warehouses.

What your favorite part of your job?

I enjoy the opportunity to work with so many different departments. I have built relationships with so many co-workers, customers and vendors. I also would have to say another part of my job I enjoy most is the complexity of my position and the fact that each day brings new challenges.

What project/success are you most proud of here?

I have had the honor of being part of a great team and would say that the success I am most proud of is that I have earned the President’s Award three times. I could not have done this without the ongoing support of my managers and co-workers.

What’s your favorite memory from working here?

When our founder Mr. York would come to my desk and call me Ms. North Dakota. I think he knew I was from South Dakota, but always called me Ms. North Dakota. He was a great man with a lot to share.

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

I wish for the company to continue to grow and be successful and that I have the opportunity to be a part of this.

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

I would probably have to say a Physical or Respiratory Therapist.

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

I would choose my Dad. He has always been a big inspiration for me.

Tell us something that might surprise us about you:

  • I know nobody at Tropical would believe this, but I was very shy and reserved growing up.


  • When I was 18, my girlfriend and I picked up and moved to California with no set jobs or place to live. Just a lot of determination and sense of adventure.


  • I went to Real Estate School when I lived in San Diego.


  • I played on a Billiards Team in California which is how I met my husband.

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

I would say Sally Field as she has played so many types of roles and I can relate with all the different hats I have worn in my life.

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