Aguirre has led Chiquita for the past 13 years, from a corner office overlooking Cincinnati.
Most of the banana 'growing' takes place in Central America, but at the headquarters, they track shipments, plan for the future, and market their products, which include more than just bananas.
It's also where the big decisions are made, like the one to move the entire operation to Charlotte.
“I believe we made the absolute best decision. I think we're going to a great community, business wise and personal,” Aguirre said.
In Cincinnati, the company uses six floors at the Chiquita Center. In Charlotte, at the NASCAR Plaza, they will also use six floors, but the CEO said how the company does business will be much different.
“I will tell you, it will be faster decision making, more than anything else,” he said.
He said that is because the offices in Charlotte will be MORE OPEN so workers can share information and ideas more easily.
As for the jobs coming to Charlotte, Aguirre has a company recruiter, Eric Hollander.
His office has posted just 17 open positions in Charlotte, yet they have received an overwhelming 20,000 applications.
“I mean, that’s a ten-fold increase in the number of applicants we had been seeing here in Cincinnati previously,” Hollander said.
Currently, 330 people work in Cincinnati.
All of those jobs will come to Charlotte along with a handful from Chiquita offices in Salinas, Calif., Chicago and Atlanta.
In all, 413 jobs will move to Charlotte.
And the CEO is planning for even more.
“Hopefully, we'll be able to grow so much that we'll have an opportunity to grow even beyond the 413 jobs that we have committed to bring to Charlotte,” Aguirre said.
Macik admits reaction from his co-workers about the move has been mixed.
“At first, it would be understandable, there was a little bit of apprehension just due to the fact that it was a little unfamiliar to people,” Macik said.
But he grew up in south Charlotte, still has family in the Queen City and has already committed to relocating.
“My papers are turned in, yes. I was a shoe-in, I would say. I was on board as soon as I got word of that,” he said.