Growing with Greenspring

Growing with Greenspring

Franklin Funes finds career across the street in Springfield

Franklin Funes speaks to a prospective Greenspring resident at a Sales event.

Franklin Funes speaks to a prospective Greenspring resident at a Sales event. Photo by Kelly Shue

Franklin Funes watched Greenspring come to life while it was under construction from his home across the street. His mother, Reyna Romero, joined the housekeeping staff as one of the community’s pioneer employees. At the time, Funes had no idea that his promising future lay right before his eyes.

As a high school student, Funes joined the Greenspring staff as a dining services employee, working as a server in the community’s on-site restaurants.

“The job provided me with valuable life lessons,” he says. “I benefited from constant interaction with the residents. Although at the time I did not know I was embarking on my future career path, I felt valued and enjoyed coming to work.”

Following high school graduation, Funes accepted a full-time position at Greenspring as a member of the general services staff, focusing on special events. Over the course of the next two years, he happily took on a variety of roles from communications to security, before finding his niche with the sales and marketing team.

“As an Erickson Living employee, there is a wonderful support system that enables people to take their future into their own hands,” he says. “All you need to do is ask and the company will help you get where it is you want to go.”

Joining the sales and marketing team as a sales associate, Funes quickly moved into management and now serves the community as a sales manager, thanks, in part to Erickson Living’s Future Leaders Program.

“I received the training and leadership needed to take my career to the next level,” he says. “I’ve learned to lead through influence and that’s a concept I take seriously as I work with our sales associates.”

Funes also takes full advantage of the many benefits Erickson Living offers employees, including the tuition reimbursement program. He is currently completing his bachelor’s degree in management at George Mason University.

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