The Supply Chain Industry and Me

There is no doubt that the Supply Chain Industry impacts and influences everyone’s life. It does not matter whether or not your career path is directly related to Supply Chain activities or not, it will impact your life.

The early days of my career took me to the newspaper industry, where the success of the newspaper depended on quality reporting and advertising. However, no matter how well done the reporting or how attractive the advertisements, the newspaper’s success would not be realized unless the organization had the materials to produce the product and the avenue to distribute the finished product, all in a timely manner.

I chose to leave the newspaper industry and since then have worked in both the manufacturing and distribution arena of the Supply Chain Industry. My current position as Sales Coordination Manager for a thriving material handling solutions provider has given me the opportunity to further understand the influences of the supply chain industry. It is at the core of everything we as a society and personally expect to realize throughout our lives. It provides everything to meet our physiological needs as well as those things that provide us entertainment and things we consider the “finer things” in life.

The supply chain has contributed to the support of my family and has given me and others unlimited career opportunities. It creates not only jobs but career paths for many including myself. The supply chain is everywhere, and no matter what you do in life you will need the supply chain just as the supply chain needs you.

The key to positively influencing others around you, is to not only project a positive attitude, but to internally be a positive person, always see the glass half full, not half empty. Respecting others and making every effort to incorporate their ideas and suggestions is another key factor to positively impacting others around you. Respect is two way, you earn respect by giving respect.

I, like many others, have faced challenges in life. Whether those challenges were related to family, social, or work, resolution was necessary to improve relationships with those involved. Based on my positive attitude, my respect for others, and willingness to accept criticism, I was able to meet the challenges and learn from the experiences.

My past and current involvement with the supply chain industry provides the professional experience necessary to be a positive representative of the Supply Chain Industry. My sincere support of the campaign that is being launched to attract qualified candidates for those positions that are becoming available in the industry is another attribute I possess to positively represent the supply chain industry in its efforts to promote the industry.

The Supply Chain industry is thriving and will continue to grow and provide opportunities for our children, their children, and their children’s children. The industry is forever. My role today will be to continue to contribute to the advances being made within the industry and to respect what it has given me and my family.

Del Boudreau
Associated

My Story

I have always liked fixing things since I can remember. I knew as a child that I enjoyed taking things apart, getting my hands dirty and studying what I took apart. I later realized growing up that this is a valuable skill. I always thought that I would grow old working on cars. Then I realized that there were other options available to me, when one of my wife’s co-workers told me about her husband, Warren. He is a part of the supply chain industry, in which he fixed lift trucks. He then told me that his employer was hiring. The thought of working on a lift truck was intimidating to me at first but I knew after talking to Warren that I would be well suited for the position. I figured now is probably the best time if I was going to make a change because I had recently moved back home from out of state. I knew that the small shop that I was working at was not going to fulfill the plans I had for my future. I applied at Associated and was later hired on to the team as a field service technician. Looking back I never really knew what a supply chain was or realized how important it was. Since being a part of the supply chain I understand now how the supply chain industry operates and that nearly every product comes into contact with a lift truck at some point in time. I have just started my career working in the supply chain but it has opened up so many opportunities for me to advance my career that I don’t see myself leaving. Although I haven’t been working on lift trucks long I have quickly realized that lift trucks are not as simple to fix as they look and that I will continuously need to stay up to date with the technology and education. I have always maintained the thought that you should lead by example. While working I keep a positive attitude towards everything I do and I take on challenges without hesitation, I feel this affects everyone I am around positively. Some of my customers have lift trucks that are crucial to their operation and knowing that, I go the extra mile to get their lift truck fixed whenever it is broke down or taken out of service for maintenance. My customers and the operators are always pleased with the work I do on their equipment. I take pride in what I do and the quality of my work means a lot to me. I am always professional and keep calm; an example of this is when an operator doesn’t want to get off the lift truck he is using so that the fork truck can be serviced, I will try to figure out why he doesn’t want to give up the truck and assess if I need to get a supervisor involved. My goal at work is to not just fix fork trucks but to make the customer’s day easier than it was before I was there. I don’t know where the future will take me but I am sure it will be a bright future because of the company I work for.

Harry Dulek
Associated

My Supply Chain Story

My name is Cris Atanacio, 55 years old and migrated in United States on Aug. 7, 2007. When I received my Green Card I started looking for a job, but unfortunately that year was a recession. I couldn’t find a full time job; it was so difficult to find one. I can only find part time job with a minimum salary. I keep telling myself this is not the American dream that I always dreamt of. I kept asking myself on how can I survive and accomplish my dream, a dream of having a decent job and a nice house that I may call home.

I kept on searching and never gave up on my dreams, at age 53 I decided to go back to school. I searched all schools around the Chicago area and find Universal Technical School and immediately I enrolled in Diesel and Industrial. Classes started a week after and it was an awesome first day of school. Learning about engines; assembling and disassembling of a car engine. It was eleven months of studying while working part time as a driver of Pace Bus. Six months before my graduation there were many recruiters that were coming to the school and introducing their companies. Material Handling Industry was new to me; I never thought that there is such an industry which are so wide and a big playing field for me as a graduate. Associated and Crown Lift Truck caught my attention, so I applied to both companies even though, I still have six months to go before graduation. Two months before graduation both companies invited me for a final interview, and I choose Associated. Eleven months after, I graduated from Universal Technical Institute with honors.

June 6, 2013 my first day of work. We have two weeks in the classroom and another two months of actual field training. After all the classes and training that I been through, immediately my rate increases and my knowledge becomes more competitive. After another six months and another training course, I was able to increase my rates again. Associated has given me a lot of confidence in the job and in life. I learned a lot of technical knowledge, customer service and met a lot of people around the industry. I do fork lift service from Addison to as far as south of Chicago and met all different kinds of people, from operators to managers. I feel happy and proud whenever I can help a customer to make all their equipment back to a running condition. I enjoy what I do in the company and with the management help and all my team helping each other, we can accomplish anything.

Working 5 days a week was enjoyable and during weekends I am able to be with my family friends and community. The knowledge that I learned since I work in the industry was very useful to the community. Volunteering in the community and helping friends in their technical needs was very humbling feeling to me.

After two years and six months I was making more money that I ever dream of since I migrate in the US. Most of all I was approved by a lender to purchase my first house. My family and was so excited that we may able to move in house that we may call home. It was a dream come true and a start of the American dream that every immigrant dreams of.

As a Field Service Technician of Associated I will continue to represent them wherever I am. Working hard to do what the customer expects from us and provide the best service to make the customer happy.

And to all students or out of school, young or old there is still a chance to make your own story; a story of your life, your career and your dream. There is one big playing field out there with equal opportunity, the Material Handling Industry.

Cris Atanacio
Associated