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A day in the life of a wildlife tracking manufacturer

For me, coming to work in the morning is a pleasure. It starts in the parking lot. I usually arrive just after we open and entering the parking lot I scan the cars to see if anyone is missing. No one ever is but this is a bad habit that I have developed. I know that the day at work will get pretty intense so after I turn off the car I usually just sit and watch people arrive at work across the street from us. This will be the last peace and quiet I get until I leave work at the end of the day. So I enjoy it. When I get out of my car I can usually smell the salt air and hear seagulls overhead. This really is the most serene part of the day for me.

Due to the nature of the work there is no question that each day will be interesting and filled with challenges. Manufacturing GPS wildlife tracking equipment, the goal is always to get quality equipment into the hands of our customers in a timely manner. We always have both new orders and service work going on and the orders are all in various stages of completion. Just today, for example we have new and service orders for swamp wallaby, feral cats, pygmy rabbits (2 of these), bobcat, various birds including skua and emu, wolverine, grizzly, bighorn sheep, fox and feral pigs.

On top of this we have development projects to be overseen and I’ll have meetings with the sales department, engineering department, production department and customer support. Toss in a few questions from vendors, accountants, bankers and lawyers. Sometimes it is enough to make you want to just sit down and blog about it.

After 16 years as the founder and president of Telemetry Solutions this year I had to remove myself from the front lines so that I can orchestrate this madness effectively. I was anxious about turning over the reigns in the sales department but my fears were unfounded. The much younger sales person that heads up that department has digitized everything that used to reside in my head. And his cohort has it all up in the cloud to be accessed quickly and easily regardless of where one is. I should have turned over the reigns sooner maybe.

In the afternoon production ends their day and they filter out. The next to go is engineering followed by customer support and finally the sales team. Then it is just me and lots and lots of GPS equipment. I could stay all night, just move a cot in. But eventually I realize that work has to end for the day. I go out to an empty parking lot and always wonder, “Where the hell is everybody?” I load up the car with several GPS units that will have an overnight test before shipping out, push the on button in the Prius and head home. For sure tomorrow will be another good day. I cannot wait.


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