Employee Spotlight: Jose Uriel Ospina, Accounting Manager at Chapel Hill, NC
What is your job title and location?
How long have you been employed with SOTG?
Since June 18, 2007.
What is your history/career path prior to SOTG?
SAS INSTITUTE – Cary, N.C. 2 years as Andean Region Accountant.
BRITISH AMERICA TOBACCO – Bogota – Colombia 8+ years as Accounting and Trade Finance Manager before I moved to the US in 2001.
What are your current responsibilities?
Overseeing PSI Subsidiaries accounting, PSI Companies Consolidation and Reporting, A/R – Credit & Banking analysis and processing.
What do you enjoy most about working for SOTG?
Diversity. The diversity of people working for Seaboard, the products and services as well as working in one of the fastest growing areas in North Carolina.
What’s your favorite memory about working for SOTG?
The changes of ownership and company size during last 10 years I compare them as a roller coaster because they were unexpected and sudden changes. I remember in Raleigh, NC the first time we got one or two inches of snow. The city literally collapsed, and our commute was a few hours instead minutes.
What important values do you think SOTG delivers on?
Integrity, quality, opportunity, accuracy and the respect for others.
What surprised you most about the job or its location?
With my job, the permanent interaction with colleagues around the world and I’m happy for choosing NC as home because is one of the best places to live, to work and to raise children in the U.S. and the weather is not too bad.
How do you spend your free time? What do you like to do in the city where you live?
I like outdoors, so I take care of my yard, garden and every year I have a home remodeling project to keep busy. I love to watch soccer and when the weather is friendly I take a trip to the beach, lake, mountains or walk downtown in Raleigh and enjoy the shows, festivals and the dining.
What is your hidden talent? Or something most people don’t know about you?
I was told I bake the best pumpkin bread from fresh Colombian pumpkins harvested from my yard.