Best Buy Family

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09 Apr: From the farm to Best Buy, 3 brothers still work together

Gerald, Greg and Gene Hartmann learned the meaning of hard work while growing up on a dairy farm in Lakeville, Minnesota, about 25 miles south of Minneapolis.

“You had to work together a lot. One person can’t bail hay or milk the cows,” said Gene, the youngest of 10 children. “You all had your chores to do, and they had to be done at a certain time. It was a lot of discipline, really.”

Now in their 50s, the Hartmann brothers are still working together, only now they’re bringing that farm-instilled discipline to their jobs at Best Buy’s distribution center in Bloomington, Minnesota.

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15 Jun: Like Father, Like Son: Both Wear Blue Shirts

As the rest of his family gathered to celebrate his third birthday, Tony Torres’ father attended orientation for his first job at Best Buy.

“I had awaited with great anticipation starting my new job at Best Buy, so I wasn’t going to miss orientation,” Antonio Torres recalls. “I made the last part of Tony’s party. It was a memorable day all around.”

Fast-forward nearly 25 years. Antonio has not only grown his career at Best Buy as Tony grew up — today he shares the title of general manager with his son.