What’s your work-life philosophy?
My work life philosophy is undoubtably: balance. I find my career to be most rewarding when I can give back to the community through volunteering, taking courses and/or learning from my colleagues, assisting with operational projects, meeting our PMO team goals and enjoying the fruits of my labor on weekends or holidays with friends and family. Similarly, in my personal life, I enjoy the water, the mountains, the city, the desert, and hope to some day visit the seven natural wonders of the world.
What do you like best about working at UDT?
Growth, exploration and limitless barriers of entry. As UDT evolves so do my contributions, experience and challenges. UDT has long-term customer relationships and partnerships; the ability to continue to represent our organization through our projects is a responsibility I hold in high regard. It drives me to put my best foot forward and deliver the best results to reinforce the impression we make on a day-to-day basis with our customers. It is the quality of these results that I find satisfying and rewarding.
How would you describe the UDT company culture?
I am blessed to have found a company with likeminded career driven colleagues. The cliché’ “One hand washes the other” comes to mind when I think of UDT. The STRIVE mentality is evident at every level of the organization reaping a sense of pride reflected in our work. I truly feel a sense of trust, appreciation and continuous growth which naturally makes UDT where I want to build my career. Finally, working at UDT is energizing, collaborative, challenging and most importantly: fun.
What do you like most about being part of the project management team?
Without question: my team. In my 20 years of Project Management experience, I have never worked with such a supportive and dynamic team. The commitment and quality to getting things done is not only inspiring but also progressive. I particularly like that we each have different strong suites which elevates the cohesive value we deliver to our customers. I trust my counterparts with my weaknesses and the relationships we have include a support structure unlike any I’ve encountered to date.
How is the PMO transitioning to an Agile approach?
We have different levels of Agile experience on the PMO team today. We recently partnered with the Development Operations team to strengthen our Scaled Agile Framework for Enterprises (SAFe) 5.0 knowledge base by attending an on-site 2-day training course. Additionally, through our partnership with DevOps we are applying best practices, committing to utilizing the same methodologies and knowledge sharing Agile information. In this way, we are on the groundbreaking floor toward applying a sustainable Agile practice at UDT. I believe the commitment the team has to speak the same language, mirror the same methodologies and apply the same principles are key to making this a sustainable discipline which will deliver continuous value in future projects ahead.
What is the best professional advice you would give? You’re never too old for a mentor, you’re never too old to mentor.
What do you enjoy doing in your time off? I love the ocean and enjoy any water activity: water skiing, scuba diving, jet skiing, line fishing, spear fishing, boating, snorkeling, sandbar hopping, kayaking, etc. – everything!
People would be surprised if they knew you… once owned and flew my own airplane.