QUINCY -- After college, Luke Bealor and his wife Tara left the area to experience life in Chicago.
Ten years ago, they decided to move back to the area to start a family.
"I loved every part of living in Chicago," Bealor said, "but I don't feel like I've had to trade off as much as I thought I would to really reap the benefits of being around family and having that small-town mentality."
Bealor took a job at Dot Foods and quickly found it to be the right fit.
"Back then, it was just the right opportunity and the right position," Bealor said. "Now it's about the stability and opportunity for growth. It's kind of nice to be proud of the company you work for, just based on what they do."
Bealor takes pride in the fact Dot is as devoted to the growth of its employees as it is the growth of its sales.
"I'm definitely more mature then I was when I first started at Dot," Bealor said, "and I have a better appreciation for what it takes to help somebody else with their career. Naiively, I used to think that growing a business just meant working harder, but it's really about finding the right people."
When he gets bogged down by day-to-day life, he looks back at how he has grown over time. He credits his employer with helping him to find a positive work-life balance. His two sons, Isaac, 8, and Ian, 4, are just entering the age where they are participating in several sports, and he is grateful to be able to coach them and to watch them play and grow.
Family: Wife, Tara; two sons. Isaac, 8, and Ian, 4
Education: Bachelor's degree in business from Western Illinois University
How are you involved in your community? Member of the Church of St. Peter, member of the St. Peter School Advisory Board, member of the Quincy Catholic Elementary School Advisory Board, volunteer for Pack 5 Cub Scout Troop, volunteer little league baseball coach, volunteer flag football coach, St. Peter Pre-Cana volunteer, volunteer for church service at St. Peter
What is your job, what do you do and what do you like best about it? I am the director of replenishment for Dot Foods, Inc. I head up the group that is responsible for buying product from all of our vendors for all of our distribution centers across the U.S. and in Canada. I get to work with a wide variety of people from various backgrounds and responsibilities from all over the food industry. I also enjoy getting to work for a company that is very focused on providing value for all the businesses we interact with throughout our industry.
What is a typical workweek like? It's hard to say as I get the opportunity to be involved in lots of different activities. In Mid-August I spent the better part of a few work days trying to figure out the impact to our company's inventory flow because of the eclipse.
What was your first job, and what do you remember about it? My first job was working for a large swine farming operation in Northern Adams County. it was hard work, and didn't smell great but I learned a lot about humility and not being above any type of work.
How do you balance everything? Balance is a moving target and you have to be willing to look at it over a long period of time. The fact is some months you're a more focused on work and some months you get to spend more time with your family and volunteer opportunities outside of work. I think the key is -- no matter which part of your life you are focused on -- you need to be present.
Which person has influenced you the most and why? I have been fortunate to have lots of great role models throughout my life. I am ever thankful to my parents for the opportunities and experiences they have provided to me. My wife has taught me a lot about patience and that whole being present thing, and my boys motivate me every day to do the best I can and lead by example. I have a wonderful brother whose drive and passion for his community and love for his family have always been motivating for me as well.
Have you ever failed at something? (Care to give details? How did you recover?) Too many failures to list and many more to come, I am sure, but making sure I learn from each stumble and improving how I climb back from each fall is the key.
What does success mean to you? Providing a good home environment, education and life for my family, and, hopefully, helping everyone I come into contact with on a day-to-day basis throughout my life.
What was your proudest professional moment? Landing my first job out of college.
What is your favorite stress buster/leisure time diversion? Fishing with my family.
What is the biggest need in your community? In a community like ours the need for people being willing to take action and get involved is constant. I hope that more and more people will continue to see that giving of their time is the greatest gift they can give and inherently will provide more joy than they realize.
What gives you reason for optimism in your community? The kindness and good nature of the people in our area.
If you could go back in time and give advice to yourself when you were in high school, what would it be? Worry less about what you are going to get out of your actions, and give all your effort to everything you do.
If you could add a few more hours to the day, how would you spend them? Being outside with my family.
Do you live by any mantra or saying? Not really. I just try to have fun with whatever I'm doing.