1. Tell us a little bit about your previous roles you have had at Examinetics.
I first joined Examinetics as an OHS. After working with the Department of Defense as a mobile medical and dental contractor, I wanted to transfer my experience to the private sector. As an OHS, I worked mainly on our 8-man units and was the lead tech for a large meat processing client. I found that role fun and relaxing and it took me to see some great parts of the country. Sure, some of the places were wholly unremarkable but others more than made up for the bland ones! The first place I ever traveled for Examinetics was to the bay area in California. I went hiking in the Lands End Park and got a whole different perspective on the Golden Gate Bridge.
From there, I accepted a role as a Certified Field Trainer which helped me grow with the company and get some management experience. Shortly after that I moved to Kansas City as a Field Training Specialist to take on the important task of training all new field technicians and preparing them for all the services we perform in the field.
2. What is your new role? How did your previous experience prepare you for this?
This January, I was offered the role of IT Project Manager. As such, I’m responsible for planning and managing the execution of projects requiring IT expertise with teams comprised of many different departments.
In my previous jobs, I’ve always seen myself as an IT asset, even though my job titles have sat squarely in the operations department. I’ve had the chance to informally manage many projects from developing new processes, serving a new customer and implementing infrastructure to better handle x-ray data.
I believe the duality of my past roles has prepared me well for this opportunity. When straddling the line between operations and IT, you have to “speak both languages,” and I’ve found this skill invaluable.
3. What projects are you currently working on?
The most exciting thing on my plate is a new electronic data capture system for field operations. This improvement in our service, empowered by technology, will create a fast and frictionless experience for our clients. Not only that, but there are several other benefits including security and sustainability. I’m primarily focused on the implementation side of the project right now, specifically getting it out onto all the mobile units in the fleet.
Meanwhile, I am also working on a few other large projects including a CRM initiative that will enable better client personalization as well as some improvements to our respirator medical clearance platform.
4. What advice do you have for someone looking to change roles similar to your career path?
First, know your skillset. Take the time to grow and nurture your talents. Never stop advertising it, never stop seeking opportunities to prove your worth. It will pay off. I never would have imagined that I would rise through the ranks of Examinetics so quickly and I believe a lot of it has to do with hard work and nurturing my skills.
5. What are some of your most memorable experiences during your tenure at Examinetics?
Two words, Eureka Springs. Remember those unremarkable places I mentioned earlier? This small town in Arkansas is the antithesis of that, it is remarkable in every way, especially if you don’t know what you’re driving into when you get there! It almost feels like a miniature Austin Texas or a small ski town in Utah, only it happens to be nestled in the Ozark mountains. In addition to great food, drink and art in town, the surrounding land is beautiful and ripe for any outdoor pursuits. It really has it all, except traffic, people in a hurry and noise pollution.
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