Employee Spotlight – Rolo

Delivering quality products to our customers and a stable work environment for our associates. 

At HPI, we foster a spirit of inclusion and value diversity by encouraging applicants from all cultural backgrounds. A team member with over 20 years of experience, Rolo Hernandez supplies the HPI team with a wealth of category knowledge and a positive attitude. He is proud to be part of the product development process with a company that makes products right here in the United States, supporting his own family and neighborhood.” 

Q&A

What is your current role at HPI? 

Sr. Industrial Design Manager

How long have you worked at HPI? 

I started at HPI in June of 1998 (23 years) I started as a Design Intern right out of college (UIC).

What do you like best about working at HPI?

The thing I enjoy most about working at HPI is being part of the entire product development process. I get to be involved at the very beginning when market research is done all through the end when the product is in the consumer’s home and hearing feedback of the product’s use and functionality.

How would you describe HPI in 3 words?

Flexible, demanding, stable    

What is one thing you have learned working at HPI?

That every member of the HPI team has an important role to play in delivering quality products to our customers and consumers.

Tell us a little bit about you and your family.

My parents both immigrated to the US from Cuba and settled in Chicago where I was born and raised. I met my wife of 12 years at HPI and had the baby shower for my first born at HPI as well. My wife and I have 5 children that keep us younger by the day. Our favorite family Holiday is Halloween, we all enjoy showing off our creative sides when coming up with costumes and characters to portray.  

What is an interesting fact about you, something people may not know?

My wife and I got married at the courthouse in downtown Chicago during our HPI lunch hour and made it back in plenty of time for our afternoon meeting. 

What are your hobbies, or what do you like to do for fun?

One of the things I am finding that I enjoy more and more lately is working on my home and learning how to do more of the home improvements myself.

MANAGEMENT

What HPI has to say about Rolo Hernandez…  

It seems like Rolo has been here for 20 years!

What makes them an exceptional team member?

I value Rolo as a member of the HPI team because of his knowledge of our categories, his skill as a Senior Design Manager, his positive attitude, and his collaborative nature in group settings.

What do you value about this person?

Beyond his skill as a Design Manager, I value his attitude, the quality of his work, his honesty, and his candid nature. The corporate loyalty he has displayed during his long tenure at HPI speaks to his integrity. He is a first-class corporate citizen!

How have they contributed to HPI? Rolo’s contributions to the marketing department have been significant over the years. He has been a consistent leader in the company’s product development area and has been involved in the bulk of all NPD (new product development).

Join Our Team

Become a part of our hard-working, successful HPI team — apply today!