Jose Vazquez
Portland

What is your job title, and what does that position entail?
My Tittle is Director of Operations, I am responsible for the manufacturing side of the business. I ensure that we are producing the right product at the right quality standards, on time and at the right cost.

How long have you worked at Olympus, where did you come from? A little history of how you got involved with Olympus?
I started at Olympus in February 2019, I have been in the manufacturing and operations role for almost 40 years. I have worked in high volume- low mix operations, low volume-high mix operations as well as startup companies. My focus has been in developing automation and developing high performance teams. I was involved with Olympus on prior jobs as Olympus has been the supplier to some of the product used. I had worked with Dan Sturges, (Olympus VP of Engineering) and Tim O’Neal (Olympus Design Engineering Manager) in the past.
Dan reached out to me as he was looking for someone to help develop the manufacturing operations side of the business.

What do you like best about working at Olympus?
Olympus have a very friendly and engaging environment. People are having fun at work, while producing great products.

Describe a little of your past history.
I was born in Delaware, but grew up in Puerto Rico. I have a BSME (Bachelor Science Mechanical Engineer) from the University of Puerto Rico. I worked 9 years at Carrier Air Conditioning in Syracuse New York. Then spent 6 years in the aircraft industry, between Cessna Aircraft (in Wichita, Kansas) and Bromon Aircraft (startup company in Sand Diego and Puerto Rico).
I worked 24.5 years at Blount international in Oregon. Retired from Blount but decided to take other challenges. I worked 2 years at DW Fritz automation and 2 years at Outsidevan LLC.

Describe some of your hobbies – what do you like to do outside of work?
Woodworking is my biggest hobby, I used to play golf but have not done it for a while. My favorite past time is spending time with my family, enjoying the grand kids.

What are some key lessons you have taken from your career thus far?
My biggest lesson is how to work with people and the power of the people when the opportunity is presented with adequate tools, information and environment.
I’m a very data driven person, and use data to teach and learn. I learn more than what I teach in most cases.

What is one thing you customers might find surprising about you?
I’m very driven, nothing stimulates me more than someone stating that a target can’t be obtained.