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The Next Generation:
Nestor Lira

Whether it's a new grad just starting out, a dedicated mid-career-er changing paths or leaders looking to advance, we are committed to helping the next generation of talent reach their goals. Many of our team members have created unique career paths at Jonathan Louis, and in this series, we celebrate their stories and growth. Interested in a similar opportunity? We always have our door open for future talent—check out our Indeed, LinkedIn, and Glassdoor for availabilities.  


This week, we talk to Nestor Lira, Quality Control Specialist, who started working with us in 2011. He came to work at Jonathan Louis after working at a small apparel manufacturing company. This is his experience so far:

What did you want to do when you grew up?


Growing up, I was very fascinated by architecture, and aspired to design transformative and aesthetically pleasing spaces. This passion was driven by my grandfather’s influence. Even though he didn't have a degree in architecture, he owned a construction company in Mexico that built numerous houses. And–what left a major impression on me–was that his company played a significant role in constructing part of my middle school.

How did you come to work in JL?

When I was transitioning from another job, my uncle recommended me to consider working at Jonathan Louis.  He believed it was a good company to work for based on his experience as a Production Supervisor at JL. Following his advice, I applied, and was offered a role in the packaging department. 


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What does a typical day look like for you?

My work in the quality control department involves reviewing emails and responding to potential returns of defective furniture from our largest retail partner. I also follow up on reports from the receiving department about damaged fabrics. Additionally, I compile reports on defects that seem to repeat. My day also consists of going to production to review any improvements that production has made based on previously identified defects.


Did you have a mentor (at JL or elsewhere)?

One of my mentors, here at JL, is Jane Park (Director of Quality Control). She has been instrumental in my development within this field by offering considerable guidance and support. Jane has led me through the learning and understanding of processes related to quality in manufacturing, which has significantly enhanced my skills and knowledge in this area.


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If you were a sea animal, which one would you be and why?


 A turtle because I would love to travel everywhere


What's your essential if you're stuck on an island?


Fire stick


If you had a time machine, which part of history would you revisit and why?


The Renaissance, specifically in Italy between the 14th and 17th centuries. That era was remarkable period in art, literature, science and culture. 


What song can you listen to on repeat?


"Rubicon" by Peso Pluma 


If you could be fluent in any other language which would it be?




If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life what would it be?



Describe yourself in one word.



What’s something people take seriously but shouldn’t?


Social media

Who’s your role model?


My parents

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What have you accomplished here that you’re most proud of?

One of the accomplishments I’m most proud of at Jonathan Louis is taking advantage of the opportunity my path has given me, and developing diverse experience across different departments within the company. Initially, I led the bed department, contributing to its growth. Following that, I seized the opportunity to work in the engineering department, where I contributed to developing new styles. Currently, I’m in my role in the quality control department, where I continue to grow, develop, and make impactful contributions.






What are you doing outside of JL to move forward on your career path?


I recently completed my bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from California State University Dominguez Hills. I also have taken a few courses in business management to further enhance my understanding and skills in the field.

What are your next career steps—in the next year? Or in 3 years?

My next career goal involves advancing within Jonathan Louis and preparing myself for potential opportunities that the company may offer. Over the next 3 years, I hope that I can develop new skills to further my career and make a significant difference.


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