Kevin Collins
Portland

What is your job title, and what does that position
entail?

My position at Olympus is ID and Connectivity Technology Sales which includes servicing existing accounts and new customers by reaching out to leads, coordinating sales effort with team members and other departments, building business by identifying and selling prospects, maintaining extensive business relationships, preparing reports by collecting and analyzing information, developing sales proposals and conducting sales presentations, preparing product and solution demonstrations, providing pre and post sales support, and evaluating Networking/Computing and ID/Barcoding systems, products, components, and applications by conducting research and applying knowledge of Networking/Computing and ID/Barcoding technologies.

How long have you worked at Olympus, where did you come from?
A little history of how you got involved with Olympus?
I’ve been with Olympus since May 2016 and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. Before I was working as a Sales Consultant at AT&T. It wasn’t the dream job, but it’s where I found I was successful in sales and determined I would stick with it. I had no intentions leaving AT&T until one day one of our regular business customers came in, recognized my potential, and offered me a job on the sales team. That customer happened to be Laurie Cole, our Vice President of Operations here at Olympus Controls.

What do you like best about working at Olympus?
What I enjoy most about working at Olympus is the people. From the CEO to the people I work with closely every day, everybody plays their part in making this a place where I enjoy to be every day. And the employee lunches.

Describe a little of your past history.
I grew up in Richland, Washington which is part of Tri-Cities in the south east part of the state. Throughout high school I was always active in school functions such as student council and part of our school’s football and wrestling team. About a year after high school, before the summer of 2015, I was offered a job to be a part of a fishing crew in Alaska. Two weeks later I left everybody and everything I knew and was in Alaska preparing for what turned out to be the most physically and mentally demanding experience of my entire life. 150 miles away from the closest Walmart and you could only get there by plane or boat… I can honestly say that experience is what developed my work ethic and allowed me to grow from the kid I was to the man I am today.

Describe some of your hobbies – what do you like to do outside of work?
My hobbies include but are not limited to working out, investing and trading various cryptocurrencies and stocks, hiking, a little bit of gaming, taking care of my pups, and trying new things.

What are some key lessons you have taken from your career thus far?
I would say the most important thing I’ve learned from my career is that you find your relationships to be stronger, your words will be sincerer with actions to show, and the way you communicate will be more effective when you listen to others not with intent to reply, but intent to understand.

What is one thing you customers might find surprising about you?
One thing my customers might find surprising about me is that my two favorite genres of music are rap and country.