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Benito ‘Benny’ Casillas-Lopez

Preventive Maintenance Scheduler - Tolleson, Arizona

Looking for a new career opportunity, Benito “Benny” Casillas-Lopez joined JBS in 2005 as a warehouse clerk in Tolleson, Arizona. By working hard to learn and move up through the ranks, in 2008, he was promoted to Preventive Maintenance Scheduler and spent the next several years enjoying his career and the opportunities it provided for his family.

Suddenly in 2015, Benny’s life changed drastically.

Benny was driving on a freeway when another vehicle hit him from behind. The jolt was sudden and hard, and yet he seemingly suffered no serious injuries. Considering himself lucky to have emerged unscathed, he drove himself home afterward. But within hours, Benny knew something was wrong. A trip to the emergency room confirmed he had suffered a concussion that had already begun to erode his memory.

Within hours, Benny forgot his own name. He didn’t recall how to read or write. He couldn’t remember his parents. Eventually, he didn’t even recognize his wife and daughter.

But the injury didn’t take everything; it hadn’t taken Benny’s determination to fight for the life he worked so hard to build. He started to rebuild his memory, relearn how to read and write, how to operate a computer, and how to do his job at JBS. It’s been a long journey.

Through it all, Benny was extremely thankful to know that regardless of his struggles, his family was secure. He would have a job to return to, as JBS held his position for him while he worked through his recovery. Human Resources team members helped him to fill out and process the medical documents required to get the care he needed when he couldn’t always make sense of them.

Benny is back on the job at JBS, determined to have a positive impact within the company and determined to continue enjoying the life and career he worked hard to build.