When Hunter Gates went looking for a job back in 2004, he focused his search on companies that would keep him active and interested. As luck would have it, Hunter stumbled upon a job listing from Gentle Giant Moving Company that offered him just that, as well as the opportunity to explore the physical and social landscape of the Greater Boston Area, which was a perk to Hunter.
When Hunter began his tenure on the trucks at Gentle Giant, he immediately took to the exciting work and the instant camaraderie he had with the other passionate people on his moving crews.
The work Gentle Giant demanded of Hunter; early mornings, challenging physical and mental work, and long, unpredictable days, was not a problem because he was used to an active lifestyle, tempered with an inherent desire not to be idle. It was clear from the start Hunter would be a special employee.
Hunter describes his first year at Gentle Giant as “Solid. Very busy, but extremely rewarding” which is an often heard sentiment from Giants during their first year. He recalls the most difficult piece he moved that year. “My first piano. It didn’t move when I first tried to lift it, and the person on the other end of it had to teach me how to do it properly.” It was this calm, helpful, coaching culture that helped Hunter decide to make a career out of Gentle Giant. That first year gave him the time to understand the company’s culture, benefits, strategy, and commitment to excellence and people development. “The company’s investment into my success and development led me to invest in the company. The standards to which GG holds itself are in line with my own life philosophies.”
During Hunter’s career on the trucks and in the office as the Training Manager, he claims to have learned many more (if not all) practical job skills here than he did in school, including working with teams as a leader and member, and how to handle many different situations, including time-sensitive, extremely challenging ones.
Since joining the Gentle Giant family in 2004, Hunter has seen the company evolve and grow to become “more organized in making sure that everyone has equal opportunities here” which is something Hunter can take some credit for. In his role as Training Manager, Hunter is responsible for teaching all new employees the safest, proper ways to move everything they will encounter on the job, as well as working with Giants to take on more responsibilities like driving and becoming a Crew Chief.
While Hunter spends a majority of his time working in the Somerville Warehouse Headquarters, he looks back fondly at his time spent moving on the trucks, especially when he plays the Yamaha nylon-stringed classical guitar that a customer gave to him because he hadn’t touched it in 20 years. That, along with a case of some great LP’s, is the greatest thing he “scored” on the job.
Outside of Gentle Giant, Hunter enjoys music, outdoor activities, gardening/landscaping, cooking, house projects/repairs, and spending time with his family. Hunter and his wife are expecting their first child any day now and are excited to start filling up their single family home that they bought in January 2011 on the north side of Winter Hill in Somerville. Hunter loves being a Somervillain and are active participants in many of the cities public art events and civic activities.