Here at Lockaway Storage, we know our success is due to our wonderful team. The care they give our renters is unparalleled and we want to highlight their milestones along the way. Below is an interview with San Antonio team member Justine Villarreal, who is celebrating her 1-year anniversary with Lockaway Storage this week.
Justine is currently the assistant manager at Lockaway Storage – West Ave.
Peter: This is your one year anniversary, correct?
Peter: Time flies! A year at any job is really exciting. How did you get involved with the company?
Justine: Well, I was actually leaving an old job of mine. It was customer service and I was already kind of getting tired of. If it wasn’t for my brother bragging about his work and his job. How easy it was and, more importantly, how respectful the people he was working with are. That’s how I got involved.
Peter: Nice, nice.
Justine: And I love it.
Peter: Yeah, I interviewed him a couple months back. It’s nice that you had a family member who vetted the company for you. Let you know what you were getting into before you did it. Do you live in the San Antonio area?
Justine: Oh, yeah. I actually live in the apartments the company owns. It’s been a great benefit for me.
Peter: That is a nice side benefit for sure. Have you lived in San Antonio for a long time?
Justine: I have. I’ve been here all my life.
Peter: I think that makes you a local. Is there anything you think someone traveling through San Antonio shouldn’t miss?
Justine: First Friday is good. All the art. All the creative people who just go out there and do their thing. I’m very attracted to art, so I think that’s something anybody who loves art and creativity would love that. It’s on the first Friday of every month.
Peter: Where do they do that First Friday?
Justine: It’s at St. Mary’s. You’d be surprised at what they put together. It’s amazing.
Peter: Nice. Do you do any art yourself?
Justine: I like to sing actually and play the piano here and there. I’m working on it, so that is one of my hobbies I like to do.
Peter: Cool, cool. So a year in self storage. Are there any moments that stick out?
Justine: There are so many that I can’t keep track of them all. It’s more the idea that while I’ve spent my time working here people have affected me in different ways. Some you feel bad for, those are the ones you work with and help them out. Mainly it’s the people. I’m learning a lot about people you could say. It does have to do with the job, because it’s customer service, but you get a glimpse into everybody’s lives. All types. Like today, we have snowbirds who come up from Ohio because they can’t stand the cold. They like the heat. Stuff like that. I learn about a lot of people and that’s good for me.
Peter: That’s true. Every type of person needs self storage.
Justine: Yeah, it’s crazy.
Peter: Is there anything else people might not know about you that is a big part of your life? Maybe a hobby.
Justine: Not really. I read, write and i have a little girl. I take her out on nature walks. It’s a pretty simple life.
Peter: What’s your daughter’s name?
Justine: Alecelynn. I made it up.
Peter: That’s very pretty. I like that. It comes off the tongue well. You have a good ear.
Justine: Haha, thank you.
Peter: Being a mom is such a huge job. So important.
Justine: Yeah, it is crazy.
Peter: Thanks for taking the time to talk with me. Is there anyone at the company you’d like to give a shout out to?
Justine: I’ve got a couple shoutouts. First, my brother for finding this job for me. Amy, for hiring me. Don, for giving me a wonderful opportunity to work and a place to live and the other Don at Airport and the manager Joann for helping me and coaching me when I mess up. Shout out to the maintenance guys!