Meet S3 — Chris, VP of Supply Chain
Here at S3, our ability to deliver outstanding results starts with our team of highly trained experts. We come from a diverse set of backgrounds, countries and experiences combining an impressive amount of aerospace experience. We want to give you the opportunity to not only work with us, but also get to know us better.
What is your position/title and how long you’ve worked at S3? Vice President, Supply Chain and joined the S3 team in November, 2016. What is your background relevant to your work now? I’ve had the privilege of working in the aerospace aftermarket and learning from some amazing teachers dating back to 1997. Although I have supported international sales initiatives during my entire career, I have always had a home within Supply Chain. What is a typical work day like for you? There really is no “typical day" supporting the military aftermarket, however I work to ensure that we are executing our existing OEM distribution agreements and adding products to our portfolio. Additionally, I spend a lot of time making sure that we are stocking the right products to support our customers, ranging from C-130 structural parts to common hardware, to advanced F-16 hydraulic components. What is your favorite part of your job? We are fortunate to work in a high-paced industry with fascinating customers who perform diverse and challenging missions. Even though we support aircraft that have been flying for decades, the aerospace aftermarket is cutting-edge and rarely presents a dull moment. What is it like working for S3? Although I have only been a member of the S3 family for a few months, I am amazed at the teamwork, levels of expertise, and overall family atmosphere. Team members work hard, strive to find solutions to every customer challenge, and still find time to laugh and smile throughout the day. What are the challenges you face in your position? A large part of our job at S3 and specifically within Supply Chain, is to ensure that we have right products in stock or on order at the right price to support our customers. We support a wide variety of aircraft types that fly countless missions across the globe. This requires us to use technology as well as technical expertise and instinct to make the proper stocking decisions. We receive and analyze data from many different sources to help us make the very best decisions. What are your strengths in correlation to your job? Related to the above point, I’m a “data-guy” at heart. I love trying to make sense out of complicated and confusing data. Additionally, I enjoy trying to share and teach the many things that I have learned during my career in this industry. I’ve had excellent teachers who took the time to teach me how to recognize part numbers, interpret technical manuals and learn the intricacies of many aircraft systems. It feels satisfying to play the role of the teacher in return. What do you enjoy outside of work/hobbies? When I’m not working, I’m either swimming, running or riding one of my bikes. My race plans for this year include several Olympic distance triathlons, Ironman Wisconsin and an “Ultra” triathlon where I will suffer through a 2.5 mile swim, 12 mike bike and 2 mile run that is repeated as many times as possible over a 24-hour period. Other than that, I enjoy pheasant hunting with my Labrador “Loki”.