National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated and recognized every year from September 15 – October 15. At TDIndustries, one of our core values is to celebrate the power of individual differences and how they make us stronger as a team.
This year, we sat down with a few longtime employee owners (whom we call Partners) for a deeper look into Hispanic and Latino heritage and how TD’s culture and benefits support everyone. So much so, that as many as nine members of one family — the Morales family in Houston — have worked a total of 155 years and counting for the company.
Rudy Camarillo leads TDindustries’ Hispanic Partner Resource Group and demonstrates exceptional servant leadership skills by offering his experience and knowledge to less experienced Partners. We connected with Rudy about his Hispanic heritage and tenure at the company.
Q: What comes to mind when you think of Hispanic culture?
A: When I think of Hispanic heritage and culture, I immediately think of family and work ethic. My dad was a master plumber, and before that a farmer, and the work was sunup to sundown. Yet for the most part on the weekends, it was all family. My parents’ home was the go-to place – everyone would trickle in on Sundays, and we’d have cookouts. That was just a typical Sunday for us with aunts, uncles, cousins, everyone coming over to be together.
Q: What are some of Hispanic culture’s biggest contributions in our industry?
A: The biggest contribution I think would be the sheer number of Hispanics and Latinos who are in the workforce and our industry specifically. Hispanics / Latinos are well represented among TD’s employee owners.
I’ve been blessed with good supervisors who have seen potential in me and allowed me the opportunities to grow and develop. With the right leadership, we will continue build the next generation of leaders from that wealth of experience.
Q: Why is it important for companies to celebrate diversity and acknowledge occasions such as the National Hispanic Heritage Month?
A: It’s important because retention is one thing, but opening your eyes to the world around you is another. Celebrating diversity and inclusion instills that TD will respect you from day one. It’s important not only from a business model, but it gives Partners an opportunity to learn from each other and gain knowledge. TD encourages discussions regarding race, gender and culture and offer webinars and materials to ensure everyone feels and is included.
Q: What does the TD core value, Celebrate the Power of Individual Differences, mean to you?
A. It's difficult to put into words how meaningful it is to me that this statement is part of our core values – it's incredibly special and unique. Seeing senior leadership prioritize this core value through our four Partner Resource Groups and within our corporate objectives proves that TD cares about diversity and inclusion.
Q. Why is it important for companies to celebrate diversity and acknowledge occasions such as the National Hispanic Heritage Month?
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