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Business Team – Vocational Operations Manager

Chris Gerlitz
Vocational Operations Manager

Date started with Aspire: 10/25/2016

Brief description of what you do: Oversee the day-to-day operations of the Vocational Departments of: Maintenance Services, Contract Fulfillment and E-cycle, plus help rectify company maintenance needs.

Your professional background: Over 20 years of recycling-company management. Eight years of U.S. Navy Seabee service. Retail store management for three years.

How has working at Aspire impacted your life: Person-centered culture has made me appreciate diversity more and enjoy the individual skill-sets that others bring to the table.

Best facet of working at Aspire: Supported individuals and their positive outlook each day! Seeing my teammates succeed and being involved in their success!

What brought you to Aspire: I was familiar with the organization and some of the teammates beforehand so when I was looking for a professional change, I was fortunate that this organization valued my skill-set.

A few thoughts on encouraging others to become involved with Aspire, in any way, shape or form: Positive supported people despite everyday challenges make you want to rise to the occasion and be a better person.

What things you would like to see transpire in the future of Aspire and the people we support: More positive experiences within the community (personal and professional).

Any story you wish to share of your experiences working at Aspire: Too many to talk about. Even though the teammates are mostly the same daily, no two-days are alike!

Any other pertinent information regarding your employment with Aspire: Once you get through the training stage early in your career, you’ll find a rewarding place that makes you proud to say ‘I work there!’