Welcoming Our New Community Manager, Javier
As many of you may now know, Ashley has departed her position as the Hunt Street Station Community Manager. She has decided to make the decision to place her efforts full-time in her own business, Moxy. While it is bittersweet to see her leave, we will nonetheless continue to support her in her new venture. She will still continue to pop-in to the station every now and then, so this isn’t a farewell, but merely a see you REAL SOON!
THANK YOU FOR ALL OF YOUR HARD WORK! – The HSS Team
As we were preparing for Ashley to transition out of her role, we were able to bring in Javier, who is now the new Community Manager! He started earlier this month and a good majority who have been popping into the station have seen him manning the front desk. Be sure to say hi and welcome him to the space if you haven’t already!
To get familiar with him, we’ve gone ahead and asked him a few questions about himself as he is settling into the position:
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Houston, Texas. After graduating from college, I spent some time traveling around and landed in Detroit because of my interests in working for start-ups and figuring my life out.
What did you do before you came to Hunt Street?
Before Hunt Street, I was working for SMPLFD at their printing shop, building out my photography portfolio, and helping small businesses scale their e-commerce platforms.
Why were you interested in becoming part of the Hunt Street family?
I was interested in Hunt Street because I saw it as an opportunity for me to reintegrate myself back into a day-to-day life that involved me being around people in a work setting. The last two years I have been able to work remotely, and I wanted to prove to myself that I still had the people skills to make my own version of success in this type of role
Do you like to get involved in the local community?
Yes I do, this was a big part of the reason as to what made this role appealing to me. I have been fortunate to have met artists, community leaders, and business owners in Detroit over my time here and I am always looking for reasons to be involved.
How were your first few weeks at Hunt Street?
My first few weeks have been going over smoothly. Everyone is very welcoming and patient as I transition into this new role. Ashley, who was the previous Community Manager, left a good mark on the members within the building and I want to be able to continue that as I move forward in my role.
What does your day-to-day look like as a Community Manager?
My day-to-day does not ever feel like it can go as planned and I really appreciate that from the job. Of course, there are times where I help members with requests, update databases, and even work in excel, which is the typical aspects of the job. But I like to say that I am putting out fires while also maintaining the operations of the building as well as with the people inside it.
What do you like to do outside of work?
Outside of work I usually stick to the simple stuff – taking photos, going on bike rides when the weather doesn’t surprise us with snow, and sewing garments.
What are you most looking forward to at Hunt Street?
I’m mainly looking forward to working with Sina and Matt to continue to build the station out for us to continue to bring in people that would benefit from having us foster a community like this one.
We’re happy to have you Javier!!