Target's investment in HR pays off

When Juan Galarraga moved to Miami from Venezuela at age 18 to attend college, he couldn't have predicted that 15 years later he'd go from having a part-time job at Target (NYSE:TGT) to VP of store supply chain. He's one of the rare top executives who has entry-level experience at the company, an advantage that has helped mold him.

"After 12 years in the stores and then coming to HQ in a leadership role, I feel like I keep this in mind and have the chance to pass it on to other ambitious people," said Galarraga.  "Having the credibility of having done entry-level work is an asset. I used to execute best practices; now I write best practices." Story.