Frank Simmons Jr.’s career path wasn’t always clear before landing at Amazon. At over 50 years old, Frank found himself out of a job, and searching for his next opportunity.

Operations begin at the Cincinnati Northern Kentucky International Airport.

“Almost lost everything that we had,” said Simmons Jr. “I could have given up, but Amazon took a chance.”

Simmons Jr.’s journey took flight from there. Starting as a level 3 shift assistant in 2017, Frank climbed the ranks while mentoring future leaders within the Black Employee Network affinity group. He later took a role as senior operations manager at the Amazon Air Hub at the Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky International Airport (KCVG).

“To anyone trying to move up, you don’t need to seek out the spotlight because the spotlight will find you. People will recognize the work that you do,” said Simmons Jr.

We want to make it easy for people to have access to the skills they need to grow their careers. We are making two big investments to help make that happen: investing in employees and providing free skills training opportunities to the public.

“Because of the level that I've reached and coming from the level where I was, there are people that look like me that can look at that and say, 'Okay, it's not just stories that we hear. There is actually a physical person that has done this.'"

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Frank Simmons Jr., and Amazon employee whose career took off after he started at the Amazon Air Hub at KCVG.