From Technical Support Engineer to Director of Project Management
Rick Green, Sr.’s Journey with KGa
In May of 2017, Rick Green accepted the position at Kensington Glass Arts, Inc. as a Technical Support Engineer. Since then, he has worked his way up the ranks and now oversees the Project Management teams as the Director of Project Management. Here is Rick’s story.
Rick Green started his career in the glass business at the age of 19 after realizing a 4-year degree was just not for him. He spent a year in college and quickly realized that he did not want an “office job”. Instead, Rick switched his career path and started working full time for his parent’s glass company. He jokes, “this business is like the mob, once you are in, you are in for life!” The glass business has changed quite a bit since Rick’s early years in the glass trade. Rick states, “the complexities of the designs are constantly evolving, requiring more engineering and higher levels of creativity from the craftsmen and vendors.” But, the biggest change is the continuing advancements in technology. He recalls “when I started people still did shop drawings by hand and the fax machine was cutting edge technology!”
As the Director of Project Management, Rick supports and guides the Project Management teams in all aspects of their jobs. When asked what the biggest challenges of his role are he responded, “coordinating with the General Contractors and other trades.” He continues “many of our products have long lead-times that cannot wait for field dimensions so trying to get our clients to understand this and work with us ahead of time is always a challenge.” Despite its challenges, Rick loves having the opportunity to overcome those obstacles daily and mostly, he loves to see the finished product.
When asked what career advice he would give to a high school student struggling to decide whether to pursue a typical college degree or pursue a career in the skilled trades, Rick states “for people that like to work with their hands, are problem solvers and want to develop a solid career, this is a great place to start. With the ever-escalating cost of college, the trades offer a great option. I think the opportunities in our field are better than they have been for smart, hardworking young men and women. We have a few prime examples here at KGa that I know are going to have long successful careers.”
Thank you for sharing your story Rick!
Kensington Glass Arts, Inc. is always on the lookout for motivated individuals who want to build a future within the commercial glazing or glass fabrication trade. We have employees who began as part-time seam & wash technicians and are now running the entire fabrication department (you can check out Eddie’s story here.)! These employees are a testament to the career paths offered by starting your career at KGa. KGa’s motto is “The Future of Glass” and for good reason, we continue to push the envelope and make the impossible, possible. If you are ready to make the leap, please visit, http://bit.ly/2JInJkS to see a full list of open positions and get ready to Be Part of the Future of Glass!