Carlos Giraldo moved to Northwest Arkansas from Medellin, Colombia 18 years ago. He has been married for 17 years, and while working full time at Rockline Industries, he studied at John Brown University where he earned an undergraduate degree in business and his MBA. Like many Colombians, Carlos is passionate about “fύtbol” and sports in general. He is also one of the top Racquetball players in the state of Arkansas, and in his spare time, he enjoys reading and spending time with his family.
Life was not easy when Carlos first arrived in the U.S. Fortunately, he has been blessed with a lot of support throughout his time in this country. In particular, he remembers very fondly his time spent at the Ozark Literacy Council in Fayetteville, AR. His English was limited when he first immigrated to America, and many English as a Second Language classes offered by the major schools in the state would have prevented him from working full-time: they were a luxury he couldn’t afford.
After taking all the English courses at the Jones Center, the local Community College, and NTI, Carlos found that his English was still a work in progress, and required a more advanced and personalized touch. After some research, he discovered that the Ozark Literacy Council offered personal tutors at a schedule that fit his lifestyle. The OLC put Carlos on a waiting list, and after a short period of time, he was paired with a tutor. Carlos met two or three times a week with his tutor, and their private conferences allowed him to practice his English on a more detailed level and cover topics he was not comfortable discussing in a larger setting. These one-on-one sessions allowed Carlos to develop a close relationship with his tutor, Dick, and he is enormously grateful for the commitment Dick showed in furthering Carlos’ future. After spending several months with his tutor, Carlos’ English skills improved to the point that he was confident enough to enroll in college courses, paving the pathway for the success he enjoys today.
Carlos is now a proud U.S. citizen and, just this past year, was able to vote for the first time in a presidential election! He was thrilled about that. He still works at Rockline Industries as a Supply Chain Manager for the Arkansas division, and he has been with the company for twelve years. Carlos is a very driven individual, and he aspires to continue to his growth to the highest position he can obtain in any organization.