We have another new team member to introduce you to in this week’s blog— meet Larry Lemire! A Los Angeles native, Larry moved to the Central Coast in back in 2001 where he has explored living in various locations across the County before most recently settling down in Nipomo. Since relocating to the Central Coast, Larry has worked in the courier industry where he gained freight and warehouse experience. Here at Talley Vineyards, Larry’s position as Warehouse Coordinator is vital to the success of our day in and day out operations. But because Larry’s position is a bit behind-the-scenes to those visiting the winery, I’ve asked Larry some ice breaker questions for you all to get to know him!
Where are you from originally and where have you lived since?
I grew up in the South Bay area of Los Angeles. I've always felt L.A. was too crowded and spread out. In 2001, a friend of mine who operated a courier company here on the Central Coast had just landed Mid-State Bank as a client and was in desperate need of drivers. I thought that was a golden opportunity to leave LA, and I've never looked back.
What brought you to Talley Vineyards?
In 2015, my friend decided to retire and sold his courier company. Initially I was grandfathered in as one of the operational managers, but after almost 15 years in the delivery business, I was ready to look at a different line of work.
What aspect your job do you like best so far?
The friendly and positive vibe that the staff here projects. When you come from work environments with unhappy and overly negative people, it makes one really appreciate how much more productive the workplace can be.
What’s your favorite happy hour drink?
After 8+ hours of being on my feet, I will never turn down a cold pint.
If you could spend the day with any 2 individuals, living or dead, who would they be?
Oh, living for sure. Not being much of a conversationalist myself, hanging out with two dead guys would make for a very boring afternoon.
What’s something on your bucket list?
I have always wanted to witness the totality of a solar eclipse. Before, time or money constraints were always an issue as it would have involved traveling to another country to see one. This coming August, I hope to cross this one off of my list.
If you had an extra hour every day, what would you do with it?
I've learned over the years, that magic hour is between 4:00-5:00AM. You cannot believe how much one can get done before the rest of the world has even got out of bed.
What is one thing you could not go a week without?
Probably my AM cup of coffee. Or my internet connection!
What would be your ideal vacation?
Any destination with a minimal agenda. My wife and I went to Maui for the first time a few years ago. Outside of lodging and a rental car, we just made up every day as we went. If we felt like zip-lining, we did that. If we felt like napping on the beach, we did that. It was the most fun I have ever had. Someone once told me retirement is like that. Hope to get there some time.
If you had to describe yourself as an animal, which one would it be?
A hippopotamus. My wife said she wanted one for Christmas.