Success Story: Rewarding a Leap of Faith
Apollo’s CEO, Gayle Williams, took a leap of faith leaving her job in order to start up her own staffing firm. Since Apollo’s infancy, we have been a major supplier of quality talent to the aerospace industry. Over 30 years later it is safe say, Gayle’s leap paid dividends! We have grown in size and diversified our talent pools to fill an assortment of fields, but we never forgot where we started. To this day, Apollo still maintains strong relationships with some of the biggest commercial and military aircraft producers in the United States. Our success story this week, Ben Trussell, has been in the aerospace field as long as Apollo has been a company and he has known about Apollo for years, without ever working with us. In 2014, Ben took a leap of faith and accepted one of our engineering positions, and we are so happy he did! Below is a chapter from Ben Trussell’s success story.
Prior to working with Apollo, what were you looking for in a career?
Actually, after graduating from college (1978) and with my machinist background I thought I could do just about anything. I envisioned myself being the first Manufacturing Engineer in space. Since that did not happen, I’ve gone on a long career path in the U.S., Australia and Europe. All through my career I’ve tried to excel in furthering my field of knowledge in Aerospace Manufacturing Engineering. I was and still am fortunate to be paired with some of the most knowledgeable people I’ve ever met. For people not knowing what a Manufacturing Engineer does, my reply is “I make engineers dreams come true”. They can design and envision, then I tell them what’s real in making and building those projects. I’ve worked on a lot exciting projects past, present and will be in the future as a major player. Some of those are B-1 bomber, B-2 bomber, 747/767/757/737/787/777, F-18, F-16, F-22 and the list goes on. From detail part fabrication to the final deliverable product.
How did you find about Apollo?
I’ve known Apollo for years and was approached on occasions with this being the first time working for them.
How did your experience with Apollo compare to what you expected or experienced with other staffing firms?
That’s a good question, my experience with Apollo is limited to the past two months. The people are both professional and determined to get them working and support their clients. Other agencies did a good job, but Apollo does that and more. By more, I mean, a more personalized and caring approach.
What excites you most about your current job?
The challenge and drive to get into a new position and take charge of whatever your assigned. One thing that is most prevalent in contracting is “have fun and enjoy the job”.
In there anyone specifically at Apollo that you would like to thank?
To all the people I’ve come in contact with – everybody is friendly and willing to help.
Ben Trussell is just one of the many people’s lives we touch and we are so happy to help contribute to each and every person’s individual success story. If you are curious how you can accelerate your story feel free to give us a call here.