Tell us about your position as a Division Manger?
I am the Division Manager for the Northwest Division of Olympus Controls. Geographically that includes Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and British Columbia. It entails managing the outside sales engineers, insides sales, field applications, and the engineering and production team. I also am part of our senior management team that helps guide the company into the future.
Where did you come from and how did you come to Olympus?
I received my degree in mechanical engineering from Washington State University (go Cougs!), where Jason McDaniel, our Gulf Division Manger, was one of my classmates. I had been out of school for about a year and a half and working as a capital projects engineer when Jason told me of an opening at the still brand new Olympus Controls and I seized the opportunity. I met Scott Hendrickson at an Applebee’s for the interview and have been with Olympus Controls since June 2000.
What do you like best about working at Olympus?
I like the comradery of the team best and the fact that everyone is trying to make Olympus Controls better every day. It is great to come to work and spend your days with people that are your friends and together grow a company that we are all proud to be a part. That continued growth provides us all new opportunities and challenge that keep it fresh.
What do you mean by the ‘new opportunities’ of a growing company?
As we continue to grow and expand there are new projects and tasks that come with that growth. The company management encourages those people who are willing, to take ownership of these new challenges and make it their own. Seeing that growth is one of the most rewarding aspects of my job because I get to see colleagues seize the opportunity to grow professionally and meet their potential.
What do you like to do outside of work?
I love to play basketball and play a few time s a week. I dabble in quite a few other things like mountain biking, snow skiing, water sports and someday I will learn to play the guitar I got for my birthday a few years ago. As a family, we also take our ski boat out on Lake Chelan and I enjoy the peace and quiet of being on the lake. We camp there every year on the 4th of July as a family tradition. I have a spectacular wife of 15 years Heather and two great daughters Avery 7 and Aleise 5 that keep my schedule full.
What are some key lessons you have taken from your career thus far?
My philosophy is: If you continue to do the right things and do right by people then good results will happen. It is simple but being consistent with this has proven successful for my career.
Do you have any stories or memories from working at Olympus that you would like to share?
We have awesome Christmas parties every year that everyone talks about and looks forward to going. We have almost 100% attendance including spouses and significant others which really lets everyone get to know each other even better. We try to have different themes or locations to keep it fresh, but I think the key for everyone coming is that we really enjoy each other’s company. From these parties there are plenty of stories that you will have to join the company to hear about.
What is one thing your customers might not know about you?
I love to travel. I have been to China and my wife and I back‐packed in Europe for a few weeks. We are planning a trip to Australia next year with our kids as well. We have on the bucket list a Mediterranean trip, African safari, Norway visit to see my wife’s heritage and a host of other destinations.