Dustin Walters has come home, and he came home in a job he enjoys. He is the manager at the Sallisaw Walmart.
“I want to be here,” he said. “I want to stay here until I retire.”
Walters, 34, is originally from Sallisaw, and graduated from Sallisaw High School in 2000. He went on to get his associate’s degree from Carl Albert State College in Sallisaw, and at about the same time was promoted to assistant manager of the Walmart in McAlester.
From there his Walmart career has blossomed. After a year at the McAlester store, Walters went on to the Atoka store for 13 months, then to Muskogee and he came back to Sallisaw in 2006 as assistant manager. But he wasn’t done yet. He was named co-manager at the Walmart in Poteau, then went to the Stilwell store.
In October 2012, he was named as the manager of Sallisaw’s Walmart.
Walters said Walmart’s corporate management will keep people close to home if they wish.
“You can apply to go wherever you want,” Walters said.
And home is where Walters wants to be. He lives again in his hometown with his wife, Gail, and their 2-year-old son, Drake. Walters also has an older son, Rylan, 14, who lives in Muldrow.
Walters hopes not to move any more.
He said, “I have reached the goals I want to here. I want to stay here.”
Walters’ and Sallisaw Walmart’s success was rewarded in November when the Sallisaw Chamber of Commerce made the store the Member of the Month.
Walters said, “The thing is there are lots of opportunities with Walmart. The opportunities are endless.”
Opportunities were endless this Christmas season at Walmart, Walters said.
“We had a really good holiday,” he said. “We are looking forward to the new year and what we can do for the community. That makes it enjoyable.”
Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director
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