If you’ve ever emailed us, chances are you know exactly who E’Ana is! She’s the lady who keeps us running day to day, oversees our shipping and leads our customer service team. We’re so incredibly grateful for E’Ana as she’s always able to step up and do anything. No task is too big or too small. She’s even willing to accompany Ryan to the driving range to hit balls or babysit when we’re in a pinch. To shed some light on this special member of our team, here’s a little more about her, in her words. P.S.: Her name is pronounced EE-AH-nuh.
1. How did you come to work at GRF?
I had just gotten laid off from my previous job due to COVID when I found myself looking for a new opportunity. I was dog sitting quite a bit before COVID and one of my regulars called me and said she had friends who owned a farm and needed some help. I needed to be proficient in Excel. Oh how my job has changed from just using Excel! I started on Mother’s Day in 2020 and just had my first anniversary at GRF!
2. Tell us about your college experience and what you studied.
I started college at Allan Hancock, a local community college, as biology major. I took chemistry and realized a science major wasn’t for me. I transferred to Californian Polytechnic University of San Luis Obispo. I majored in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and just graduated in May!
3. What’s your role at Grace Rose Farm?
4. What are your strengths when dealing with employees you manage?
I’m a fair and open minded person, am able to listen to people and be thoughtful in guiding them. People trust me and can relate to me, which makes me feel like I’m doing my job well. I try to give people opportunities that I think they will succeed at and reward them for their efforts. Managing comes naturally to me.
5. What do you love most about your role?
I feel that this is role has consistency, but every day is different and working in agriculture definitely keeps me on my toes when having to deal with Mother Nature on a daily basis. Never in a million years did I think I would be working in agriculture because I grew up in a big Ag community and had a bad impression of farming due to how animals and most crops are grown. But who can say no to roses? I can’t beat looking out of my office window and seeing roses or having roses on my desk everyday.
6. What’s your favorite rose?
Red roses are my favorite because they are classic and romantic to me. Hot Cocoa, Dark Knight, Mister Lincoln are some of my favorite reds.
7. What are you most proud of in your life?
I am most proud of where I am today and I think everything happens for a reason. Graduating college has been my biggest accomplishment. I’m the first in my family to graduate from college! After graduating college, I feel like I am right where I am supposed to be in life, I’m independent and happy.