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Employee Spotlight: Pat Castine
Can you afford to lose visibility of this cargo’s location? For an hour? For a day? For a week? Of course, we all know the answer already: losing visibility into critical assets can mean losing even more: money, time, productivity, safety, sanity…
This month we spotlight Pat Castine, our awesome QA Manager based in our headquarters office in Plano, Texas.
Kendall: How long have you been with Geoforce?
Patrick: Just about three years, and it has absolutely been the best!
Kendall: What do you do at Geoforce?
Patrick: As the Quality Manager, it’s my job to ensure we have the best quality system in place for our company’s overall operations and that the system properly fits our values and culture. Most importantly, I work to make sure our system is structured for us to win! And winning means consistently producing high quality products like our Track and Trace software applications or our proprietary GT1 Global Asset Tracker. It also means delivering top notch customer service and having all of our operations – logistics, accounting, sales, marketing, etc. working like a well-oiled machine. I get to work with all of the incredible Geoforce team members across the globe to ensure they all have the quality tools they need to be effective at “winning”!
Think of a highly successful sports team: My job is to ensure the team has a playbook (quality manual and supporting processes), that the coaches and players can follow and understand it, and that the playbook complies with league standards (ISO: 9001, IECEX, customer requirements, etc.). Winning means we address the risks to the business head-on by containing and correcting mishaps as well as continually improving the overall process to prevent issues from occurring in the first place.
Kendall: What are your hobbies outside of work?
Patrick: I enjoy spending time with family in the great outdoors. I like running, biking, hunting, and fishing… sometimes, all at the same time.
Kendall: If it was your last meal on Earth, what would you eat and why?
Patrick: Wild baby-boar back strap (piggy filet-mignon for non-hunters!) seared over mesquite. But you have to cook it from a helicopter. It’s awesome!
Kendall: What is your favorite attribute of Geoforce and why?
Patrick: There are many, and the top of the list is the people and their values. While they are similar to those I’ve enjoyed at previous companies, the fun, family-like atmosphere and culture allows for positive collaboration like no other organization.
Our new Plano, Texas office has given us a fresh boost in our ability to work together as a team. It has definitely allowed me to collaborate more effectively than ever. Also, our leading-edge technology for GPS tracking, extremely ruggedized tracking devices, and amazing cloud services and platforms is something that I thoroughly enjoy working with as well.
Kendall: What have you gained from working at Geoforce?
Patrick: I have definitely gained an appreciation for working with a team of folks who have strong values and tremendous character. It was a great privilege to obtain the skills, experience, and knowledge from large organizations, such as the U.S. Navy and Motorola. And it’s been an even greater joy to be able to take these tools of the trade to benefit the Geoforce team.
Kendall: If you could have one magical power, what would it be and how would you use it?
Patrick: I already have one magical power and that is somehow managing to get rid of things a few weeks before I need them.
Kendall: What is something you have always wanted to do but never done?
Patrick: Answer online bio questions… No, really though, I’ve always wanted to visit Israel. Bryan Urroz, our Controller (and recent employee spotlight participant!), just spent time there and had what sounded like an amazing trip.
We had a lot of fun getting to know more about Pat this month. He has played a big part in Geoforce’s success in the past three years. We always appreciate his hard work and team-oriented attitude. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for another great Employee Spotlight blog.