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Sylvia

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Sylvia

Area Operations Manager
U.S. Navy - Petty Officer 3rd Class, Electrician
About

I am an Area Operations Manager for Airgas, based out of San Diego. We produce and distribute industrial, medical, specialty gases and cryogenic liquids. At our fill plants we have associates that do the filling, truck loading, cylinder maintenance and any administrative duties associated with that. We have drivers that then deliver the orders to much of the southern California area and as far east as Yuma, AZ. My role is to oversee production and distribution and to ensure that we are running safely and efficiently. Along with this, I interface daily with sales, customer service and with customers directly.

Advice

One big advantage I have that has led to my progression within Airgas that I took from the military is my constant work towards the next 'qual'. In the military there is always something to qualify; the same can be applied to any civilian job. I am constantly getting involved when possible, prepping, and preparing. I never go into a situation cold.

Timeline

Airgas 2012- Present. Started as an Operations Management Trainee. Promoted to Operations Manager, after the 9 months of indepth training. 
Sprouts Farmers Market 2010-2012.  I started as an intern, promoted within four months to a Buyers Assistant.
Arizona State University 2010-2012. Supply Chain Management at the W.P. Carey School of Business.
Estrella Mountain Community College 2008-2010.
US Navy 2001-2007. Served as an electrician on the USS Ronald Reagan. As a plank owner, I prepared the new ship for sea and was onboard for the first two deployments.

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