Our People: Shawn Salvador Shares His Passion for Fitness

We asked Shawn Salvador, Senior Fitness Center Coordinator, what first drew him to Constellation Brands and he told us, “I first looked at Constellation because I knew I wanted to work in the Rochester/Canandaigua area and the more I talked to my friends, the more I learned about how involved Constellation is in the community. The prospect of working for a company so invested in the community that I loved was thrilling.”

“Working in corporate fitness, there are a limited number of companies that have Wellness Programs in place. Constellation already had a company-wide program established when I was hired, and had also used their resources to build a corporate fitness center, offering its services to employees free of charge. The fact that Constellation has actively chosen to focus on their employees through a variety of global programming and resource connections really demonstrates the value they place on the health and well-being of their people - and their families.”

When Shawn joined the company, he hit the ground running (fitness pun intended). He was passionate about helping others improve their lifestyles for long-term health and fitness. “I was brought on board as a Health Fitness Specialist and as we developed a more comprehensive Wellness program, I started assisting with larger-scale Wellness efforts. Now I am the Fitness Center Coordinator, primarily running the fitness center on my own, while still assisting with larger Wellness programming. I feel valued because I am a resource for many different projects and it feels good to be able to contribute.”

“Constellation really tries to bring in the best talent and the best attitudes. When everyone thinks back to their favorite job, it will usually be their favorite because of the people. We spend more time with our coworkers than we do with our families, when you take out the day-to-day tasks and chores. Coming to work is something I look forward to because my co-workers bring energy, fresh ideas, and passion to what they do, and it makes me want to work harder for them!”

Shawn obviously enjoys his interaction with so many people and departments across the business. And he sees how his personal skills and passions may take him on a variety of paths during his career here. He speculates, “I am, of course, interested in the prospect of developing on-site fitness opportunities at other locations, but I am also intrigued about other opportunities around online content and social media, instructing Talent Development classes, career path planning, and even potential development of a team that works specifically on diversity and inclusion.” Shawn knows that Constellation empowers employees to take an active role in their development and that wherever his journey takes him, he will have opportunities to keep growing.

“We work in the alcohol business which lends itself to being fun! We work hard and then celebrate a job well done. My team is constantly collaborating with other departments to develop programming and initiatives that impact employees both on and off-site. And let’s not forget about great teambuilding and corporate-sponsored events that get us involved in the community as well.”

So what do his family and friends think of him working for an alcohol beverage company? “I was able to share with them Constellation’s unique history and the growth it has experienced, and in learning more about the company, we also all gained a better understanding about the industry as a whole. My dad is a small business owner and because of that, my family and I know what it takes to keep a business going. We respect Constellation for valuing its employees and their well-being, and never losing sight of its vision and mission.”