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Former janitor proves anything is possible

March 1, 2013

SALT LAKE CITY, UT — Jose Jimenez, the information technology (IT) quality assurance engineer at Overstock.com was in a very different position when he was hired 10 years ago, according to KSL-TV.

jose jimenezAt the age of 23, Jimenez, who has a degree in computer engineering, moved from Mexico to Utah where, after finding it difficult to find a job in his field, he took a position as a janitor at Overstock.com, the article stated.

According to the article, before long, Jimenez was promoted to the packing and shipping department, while taking additional computer classes and teaching himself English during his off hours.

After working in the packing and shipping area for a time, Jimenez noticed that valuable time was being wasted because the packing supplies were scattered all over, and that the bubble wrap wasn't used efficiently either, the article noted.

He was given $1,000 to come up with a solution, and with the help of a coworker came up with a solution for $500: Using his engineering background, Jimenez designed a rack system with PVC pipes where the rolls were overhead and easily accessible by the workers, the article added.

"Jose is a great American success story. He's a great Overstock success story. We've seen it over and over again here," said Jonathan Johnson, acting chief executive officer (CEO) for Overstock.com.

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