It may look like Jason Minton, 34, hasn’t made it far from the nest, but he’s traveled the country to make it big back home.
The Rogers native took off for Washington, D.C. where he double majored in finance and management with a minor in government at Georgetown University.
He graduated in 1996 and joined Tyson Foods in Springdale, where he worked in the company’s retail marketing department for about a year. In 1997 he joined Procter & Gamble in market research, working across all product categories for the company’s Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club business before focusing his talents on P&G’s fabric and home care category. The last three years of his time with P&G were spent at the home office in Cincinnati, where he worked his last year as a project manager for the company’s oral care business.
But home was calling, so he took a position with Activision in Bentonville as the national account manager in 2005.
Two years later he found himself working with Chiquita, where he focuses on the commodity fruits and vegetables business with Wal-Mart.
“The thing about the produce business is there’s so much you can’t control,” he said.
But he’s convinced diversified experience will help him achieve his goal of one day being a team leader in the supplier community, or possibly a role in politics.