Joe Alvarado, parts manager for the Delano, Calif., location of Kern Machinery, talks about the importance of building trust with employees. Through his leadership, Alvarado works to show his parts department employees how they play a role in the larger ag industry.

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Joe Alvarado

Helping 'Frontline' Employees Keep Customers Satisfied

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Years with the Organization:  9 — Started as a parts counter employee and was promoted to parts manager after 2 years. Prior to joining Kern Machinery he spent 9 years working the parts counter of a farm equipment and auto parts company in Tipton, Calif.  

Role: “Every team has to have a leader and that’s what I am for the parts department. You need to have someone you can bring your problems to, someone who can organize chaotic situations and get you going; someone who’s been in the business for a while, and someone, hopefully, who the team trusts, and I think that’s why I’m here.”

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