Behind the success of a great company with happy and healthy employees, you can expect to find an equally great Benefits Manager. This is the person who tends to the needs of the employees and looks out for their long-term health and happiness.
Luckily for us at lululemon, we've just welcomed Gerardo into the Benefits Manager role... he's definitely got his heart in the right place, and he has the mind to make great things happen. Say hi to Gerardo!
Gerardo, with his family.
what are you most passionate about?
I have a great family that I love with all my heart. My wife is a fitness trainer (who loves lululemon clothes) and we have two boys. They're very active and have allowed me to see the world with new eyes. My five-year-old is fascinated with the night sky. He constantly asks questions about the stars, planets and the Milky Way. My eight-year-old loves science and riding his bike anywhere he can (particularly to the local convenience store). He's taking Tae Kwon Do and is pursuing his goal of becoming a black belt.
what's your favourite way to sweat?
Cardio and some weight training three to four times a week has kept me in shape. I love sweating using the treadmill at the gym. I also do 30-minute power walks at least twice a week.
Playing in the snow.
biggest goal you want to accomplish in 2010?
Career goal: Review our current benefits offering and propose those changes that will have the most impact to employee health and wellness.
Health goal: Learn to inline skate and then go skate along Stanley Park’s seawall at least two times this year.
what would an ideal gerardo day look like?
A day spent with people you love doing something you don’t do every day, like go swimming in the lake or ocean. Go hiking or camping somewhere really peaceful. That would be the perfect day.
Gerardo and his kids, in front of the Olympic torch!
what is the best thing about your role at lululemon? most challenging?
The most challenging is to define a benefits philosophy/guiding principles that will be acceptable by all stake holders. This is the first step towards having a consistent benefits strategy.
The best thing is that I get to work with great, optimistic people with many goals and full of good ideas. I really enjoy talking to our educators and asking them what they think about our benefits offering, and getting suggestions that may help improve what we are doing in this area.
If you're interested in joining Gerardo at the Store Support Centre, check out our current opportunities.