I am starting a new chapter in my career. Transitioning from the public to the private sector.

 

It's a little awkward. 

 

You see, Oklahoma is sort of a strange place in the aquatics industry, at least to me. It's dominated by the public sector like most of the mid-west is I'm sure. So that's what has made this such a strange transition.

I decided that leaving my cushy public sector job with a city government for a risky private sector job with a true and unforgiving bottom line was a good idea. I wanted a challenge. I got one.

 

So I left my government job with it's wonderful hours and benefits, for 60+ hours a week and a benefit package that seems offensive in comparison to the city's. 

 

I've never made a better decision in my life.

Coming to this place has given me the opportunity to use my ability to manage in new and exciting ways. It's not always easy or fun, but it's always a challenge. That's what I was looking for. It keeps me on my toes.

Making hard decisions everyday to keep us profitable is helping me prove to the disbelievers that aquatics can survive outside of the public sector, even in a place like rural Oklahoma. I believe in my staff and my facility, and I'm proud to call it my new home.

I've got a lot of work to do and I look forward to sharing it with you. 

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Comment by Jim Wheeler on January 27, 2013 at 8:58am

Hey Chris, congratulations, but you don't mention where the new gig is? BTW if you know where there is another cushy public sector job please let me know, mine is far from it, LOL.

 

Comment by Gary Thill on December 13, 2012 at 4:07pm

Thanks for the blog, Chris. Look forward to hearing how the transition continues to go!

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