What is your job title, and what does that position entail?
As the Applications Engineering Manager I manage the Applications Engineering team across the Divisions and deal with Application Matters.
How long have you worked at Olympus, where did you come from? A little history of how you got involved with Olympus?
I have been with Olympus for six years, drawn from my previous position by relationships. There was an appeal to working with new and more advanced technologies that I could not resist.
What do you like best about working at Olympus?
There are a lot of great things about the company, but I’m going to say my favorite is the team I work with. Everyone is so creative; I love to see the solutions they come up with, it builds a drive for my own creativity and personal development.
Describe a little of your past history.
Tacoma born and raised and moved to Puyallup in my 20’s, I’m a south-sounder for sure. I’ve been in automation since the 1900’s, starting with barcoding and Machine Vision.
Describe some of your hobbies – what do you like to do outside of work?
This is a tough one to answer, my hobbies change a lot but always seem to revolve around developing a skill of some sort. I’ve been into cars, home improvement, models, crafty projects. They all come and go, sometimes they loop back around.
What are some key lessons you have taken from your career thus far?
Don’t panic, you can fix it. Always carry a folder and walk fast. When asking a customer what they are looking for, let them finish – it’s OK to be silent for a moment, in fact, listen a lot more than you talk. Oh, and don’t have such a big ego.
What is one thing you customers might find surprising about you?
I once had a trumpet solo on TV. It was a horrible performance, but it was me and it was a solo on live TV.