As Lewis continues to grow and add resources to serve new and existing accounts with their Job Done Right ® approach, senior executives and human resources leaders at the company have found the backgrounds and training of the military recruits to be an excellent match for the safety-oriented and customer-focused discipline that they require among their field operations staff.
“The United States military is second to none as a factory for producing some of the finest leaders that can be found anywhere. Leadership in the military is not only taught at the highest levels, but is put into practice among the officers who lead our young men and women in the most challenging circumstances”, said Tom Rogers, CEO and President of Lewis. “At Lewis we consider skills such as discipline, organization, communication and safety as being mission critical to our work, and we find an abundance of the presence of these characteristics in the officers that we have been fortunate to bring into the company. We thank them for their service to our country, and we welcome them to service for our customers.”
Joining the field operations at Lewis are the following veterans:
David Boyd, Division Manager, Virginia/Coastal Carolina – Mr. Boyd served 7 years as an officer in the United States Army, leaving at the rank of Captain. He has a B. S. in Urban Studies from Georgia State University and an M.B.A. in Project Management from Columbia Southern University. Mr. Boyd was based out of 20th Engineer Battalion, Fort Hood, and participated in combat operations in both Iraq and Afghanistan, the latter as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Michael DeStefano, Division Manager, South Carolina – Mr. DeStefano rose to the rank of Captain in the Army before he left active duty. He was stationed in Germany as part of 30th Medical Brigade/421st Multifunctional Medical Battalion and was deployed in 2009 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Mr. DeStefano is a graduate of Marquette University where he received a B. A. in Spanish.
Douglas Patterson, Division Manager, New England – Mr. Patterson spent 5 years as an officer in the Army, leaving as a Captain in 101st Airborne Division stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. During his time with the 101st Airborne, he participated in two deployments in Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. Mr. Patterson also holds a B. S. degree in Business Administration from Nichols College.
Eric Scherer, Division Manager, New York – Mr. Scherer comes to Lewis after serving 11 years in the U. S. military, 7 years as an enlisted sailor in the Navy followed by 4 years as an officer in the Army. Leaving active duty at the rank of 1st Lieutenant, Mr. Scherer spent time at Norfolk and Great Lakes bases while in the Navy and was based out of McDill AFB during his time in the Army. He deployed internationally to Iraq, Africa and Germany. He is also a graduate of the University of South Florida, having earned a B. A. degree in Economics.
Jonathan Snow, Division Manager, Maryland – Mr. Snow spent 3 years as an officer in the U. S. Marine Corps, leaving active duty as a 1st Lieutenant. During his time in the Marines, he served with 8th Engineer Support Battalion based out of Camp Lejeune and deployed to Afghanistan with his unit as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. Mr. Snow graduated from Washington State University with a B. A. in History and Anthropology.
The new employees are currently involved in a formal training program to indoctrinate them into the Lewis approach to customer satisfaction and the utility line clearing business, and they are already deployed into the territories where they will be assuming full division management responsibilities once their training has been completed. Their onboarding and education process consists of an extensive combination of classroom-based instruction as well as shoulder-to-shoulder “shadowing” with seasoned Lewis managers and other personnel in the field.