Training is a particular passion: “It is not unusual to work with painters for whom some of the fundamentals are lacking because they have never been formally taught the basics. Seeing the difference, you can sometimes make in just a day’s training gives you such a good feeling.”
I would like to say, I know I would not be where I am today if it were not for Virgil Wilson, he willingly shared all his knowledge when asked. But I honestly believe after working for AkzoNobel, Virgil is one of many that hold the same values as he does. The entire global Aerospace team from Tami, all the way through the organization, everyone has been supportive and willing to help me in the five years now that I have been a part of the company, it is truly, in my mind, what a Team is supposed to be.
As for the future, Jason wants to give something back, to be a mentor himself and develop further training initiatives. With the full backing of his peers, he has been working on his presentation skills, and is constantly looking to improve. He still calls Virgil, now long-since retired, for the occasional piece of advice, and is forever grateful to the opportunity that AkzoNobel has given him: “You might not believe it, but this is my dream job,” he concludes.
“At 19 years old I was painting custom bicycles and wheelchairs to earn a living, and now 30 years later, I’m working for the company I love, and it is taking me to places like Brazil to teach customers the same things Virgil taught me, only on airplanes and not cars. How crazy is that?”