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Friendliness key for Wal-Mart manager

Friendliness key for Wal-Mart manager
Friendliness key for Wal-Mart manager
Craig Young, assistant manager at Wal-Mart, holds a meeting Thursday with the members of the ICS team. (Photo by Bev Herndon)

Many people may have seen Craig Young at the Wal-Mart Supercenter in Corydon, where he’s an assistant manager.
Don’t be surprised if he walks up to you and asks if you need help, or if he starts talking to you as if he’s known you forever. He loves working with the public and meeting new people, he said.
In fact, people are one reason why he likes living in Harrison County, he said last week. ‘They are so friendly.’
He also likes the fact that Harrison County has needed services close by ‘ hospital, fire departments, shopping, etc.
Young, 23, was born in New Mexico but has traveled and lived in more states than most men his age. His parents split up when he was a youngster, and he mostly lived with his mother, Libby Raufeisen, who now lives in Eckerty and owns Copper Creations. She moved several times ‘looking for better employment opportunities,’ he said.
‘We moved from New Mexico to Jasper when I was about seven years old, then to Florida,’ Young said. ‘I stayed in Fairfield, Calif., awhile with my dad, Jeff Young, who now lives in Jasper.’ Craig Young lived in Texas for a short time and a few other places.
His dad served in the military before becoming a police officer nine years ago. ‘I used to ride with my dad in the police car, and that’s when I became interested in law enforcement,’ Young said.
Young attended Vincennes University’s Jasper Campus, where he majored in law enforcement and earned an associate degree while working at Wal-Mart in the summer.
‘I’m still interested in law enforcement,’ he said. He applied for the Jasper police force but was not hired. He said he’d love to work with tactics or the SWAT team. ‘Law enforcement is challenging, and you have to be on your feet,’ he said, ‘and I just enjoy working with the public.’
He’s been with Wal-Mart for about five years now and recently became an assistant manager. He said he used to be one of those employees who would slack off and just get by. But that all changed, mostly due to Jennifer Brace, another assistant manager at the Corydon Wal-Mart. ‘She pushed me to join the manager training program,’ Young said. ‘And, yes, I do see more opportunities available to me through the company. It’s all about leadership.’
Following the training at the Jasper store, he was appointed to the Corydon Wal-Mart and moved to Corydon in November. He said he likes being close to work and living a quiet life, although it’s nice to be near a big city with all the attractions and conveniences it offers.
A 2000 graduate of Crawford County Junior-Senior High School, Young was an assistant coach for the Dubois High School bowling team for two years, 2001 through 2003. He likes sports and played extracurricular sports ‘ football, basketball and baseball.
Young and his fiance, Heather Terwhiske, have been together for about four years.
The couple met at a birthday party. Young said to make a long story short, he noticed her and asked a friend who she was. The friend introduced them, they clicked, and ‘later that evening she wrote her phone number on the sleeve of my shirt.’ And everything developed from there. They became engaged this past Thanksgiving Day, and set the wedding date for Sept. 17, 2005.
Terwhiske, 20, a Dubois High School graduate, attends Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis, where she is taking classes in the medical field and self-defense, which she said jokingly that she hopes she doesn’t have to use on Young.
She plans to transfer from IUPUI to the University of Louisville next fall, and move to Harrison County to be near Young.
Besides Young’s mother, Libby, and his father, Jeff, he has an extended family: his stepfather, Jeff Raufeisen; his stepmother, Desarae; three stepbrothers, Wayne, 20, Mike, 23, and Nick 18; a stepsister, Lenea, 18; two half brothers, Forrest, 13, and Josh, 11; and a sister, April, 21, who has a son, ‘my God child, Chandler, who is four months old,’ he said, as he beams and shows off the child’s picture.