Headed for the Next Level
Oscar has been with Walmart for 24 years, starting out with a part-time job while he was in college. Thanks to his attention to detail in the hardware department, he was selected to attend the shareholder’s meeting during his first year.
“It was a very exciting moment for me because that's when I realized Walmart's culture, Walmart's beliefs—and that's what inspired me to continue with Walmart,” Oscar explains.
Speaking just weeks after YBM 2022, Oscar comments, “Years later, after being inspired at that Shareholders meeting, I go to YBM this year. It really reignited my inspiration.”
Between these two meetings that took place decades apart, Oscar has moved from sales floor associate to support manager, then assistant manager, comanager, and, “thankfully” store manager.
“I would love to take Walmart to the next level. I want to perfect Walmart, how Sam Walton once had a vision of it,” he says. “I want our store to be the best of the best Walmart there can be. That's my purpose. That's my personal goal.”
Overcoming and Winning
He joined Store 1846 as store manager on April 11, 2020—just as the COVID pandemic was starting. In his calm, even voice, Oscar reflects on the challenging time. “It was tough, but we kept our heads up.”
As a first-time manager during a global pandemic, Oscar could have stumbled. Instead, he thrived—leading his store to a Supercenter of the Year win!
“We strive for excellence. We want to be number one in everything, even the smallest thing,” says Oscar, who says his associates have taken the idea of “customer-obsessed” to heart.