Rosalio Brambila, general manager at Sunnyside Dairy, began working at the company in 1994 right out of high school. As his first “real” job, Rosalio started by driving tractors and doing general outdoor labor. He enjoyed having a steady income and was happy to complete any task that was asked of him. Over that last 24 years, Rosalio’s admirable work ethic and dedication led to him climbing the ranks within the farm, becoming a supervisor, then eventually earning his current position as general manager.
Rosalio started at Sunnyside Dairy in its early years of operation and noted that he felt as though he and the dairy “were growing together.”
As a first-generation immigrant from Mexico, Rosalio is proud of how far he has come. Originally, he enjoyed his job at Sunnyside Dairy because it provided him the means to support his family. However, the industry and this farm quickly became his passion as he fell in love with the people, the cows, and the intricacy of the equipment. Now, he looks forward to going to work every day and supporting the farm and his team however he can.
Fostering a Positive Environment
Rosalio is not the only employee who has had a long tenure at Sunnyside Dairy. Many supervisors have been at the dairy for 15 years or longer, some have even been with the farm since its founding.
Rosalio’s impressive team is something he takes great pride in and he credits them with creating such a positive work environment. “If you have a good system and good people, everything else falls into place,” he said.
As general manager, Rosalio is now more focused on the people at the farm more than ever before.
“We aren’t just working with cows, we are working with people,” said Rosalio. Sunnyside Dairy is very focused on maintaining financial viability to ensure the dairy can continue to provide jobs for the Sunnyside community and opportunities for existing employees.
His dedication and appreciation for his team stems from his start on the farm—an opportunity that enabled him to build a long, successful career. The owners of the dairy made sure to provide him with learning opportunities and gave him exposure to different responsibilities that have served as the foundation of his career. He hopes to do the same for others who come to work on the farm.
Over the years, he has been inspired by a number of hard-working individuals that have overcome hardships and broke down barriers, ultimately leading to success in their own careers. He understands that providing the right opportunity for individuals can have lasting impacts on their lives and he feels incredibly fortunate to have come across his opportunity at Sunnyside Dairy nearly 25 years ago.
Looking Toward the Future
Rosalio believes there is always room to grow and he aspires to make continuous improvements to Sunnyside Dairy as well as identify ways to make an impact on the surrounding community. One of the improvements he hopes to make in the near future is updating the milking facilities to accommodate younger employees with interest in new technologies. In addition, he wants to invest in innovative waste management technology to operate even more sustainably and focus on the stewardship of the land.
Over the course of his career at Sunnyside Dairy, Rosalio has learned many lessons, but the most important is recognizing that the foundation to any successful business is a strong team. He understands the value of his team and demonstrates his commitment to them by fostering a positive work environment filled with opportunity.