The Post-EMT Life

We’ve heard from the EMT Trainer’s side of the story, but what is it really like for our young candidates? For Tyler Kralovic, it was demanding work that gave him the path to success here at NAPA. 

“I was a Bowling Green University until 2015,” Tyler shared with us. “It was right around then that I moved down to New Orleans to start as an EMT.” 

During the program I was exposed to pretty much every facet of the business, including both the Distribution Centers and the stores, where I learned a lot from the sales people. Really, your job there is to soak up as much knowledge as you can, ask as many questions as you can, and that’s what I did.  

He made himself integral to our teams, no matter where he was located. Travel was appealing to Tyler and his girlfriend at the time (now wife), and he was looking to springboard into new positions from his former EMT history.  

“The EMT program is a lot of hard work,” he acknowledged.  

That program is an investment of your time, but if you hang around and see it pay off, your career can really take off.  I originally heard about the program online, and I applied immediately, even though I also I applied to jobs around Ohio (where I grew up), I knew I wanted to move on and get away from that cold weather! We saw the opportunity to travel a lot because of NAPA. They made it clear that if I enjoyed this type of short-term assignment, I could do it around the country. That was really appealing to us, because we wanted to end up in the south. 

And in the south Tyler has remained! Just a few years after accepting his post-college EMT role, Tyler and his family have found themselves located at the very heart of NAPA HQ: Atlanta, Georgia.  

“I’m the Operations Manager of the Atlanta Distribution Center,” he recapped brightly. 

There’s a lot that goes into this role, but as the Operations Manager, I’m overseeing the whole DC and making sure we’re using our peoples as efficiently and effectively as we can. I look over major projects and make sure our DC is profitable. 

And what goes into making a DC profitable? “Getting the work done,” Tyler said simply. 

I would say to be ready to put those work boots on. It’s very challenging, but it’s very rewarding at the same time. I recommend you come ready to work. NAPA means doing whatever it takes to get it done. I’m the Operations Manager, but that doesn’t mean I’m not out there sweeping up with the team at 2:45. We have a great team atmosphere around here, and that’s what we try to foster with new employees.  

Are you interested in seeing the beauty of Tyler Kralovic’s Atlanta team? Check out our open positions and apply today!