We’ve written about Evan’s journey to UCEC before, but he’s never had a proper “Employee Spotlight” until now. We’re excited to re-introduce our readers to a talented and long-time member of the UCEC family.
Evan is Vice President of Business Operations today. But back in 2000, he was a brand-new summer temporary worker, brought in to help out here and there. The summer he came to UCEC, he had just left two years of engineering study at Colorado State University. As he was trying to figure out what to do with his career path, Evan was hired on the spot to work at UCEC.
Evan admits his first few months were a blur. “I had no idea what panels did, not at all,” Evan remembers. “I had never even seen the shop.” For the first month of so, Evan pitched in where needed, mowed the lawn and eventually, someone placed a drill in his hand and said to “drill these green marks on that back pan,” Evan says.
Evan started gaining skills and learning the in’s and out’s of the panel shop business. He remembers 2004 as a “turning point year.” Mark Inboden had been running the day-to-day operations for a while, after he stepped in to help his father-in-law, Chris Kitsos. Evan approached Mark and offered to do purchasing. “By that point, I knew the parts, I knew the parts numbers,” Evan recalls. Mark agreed and Evan started splitting his work days in the shop and the office.
Evan says he thrived in the purchasing position, building up relationships with vendors. Once Cindy Bybee started working in purchasing in 2006, Evan began doing more project management and getting involved on the customer side of the business. He eventually became VP of Operations before being promoted to his current position in 2015.
For Evan, the joys of his job are many. “The customers make this job fun,” Evan notes. “For 16 years, I’ve worked with many of the customers. We’ve developed friendly business relationships.” He’s seen the challenges UCEC faced as it grew from a small company to a thriving business with twice as many employees. Where once perhaps a conversation about a project would be sufficient, now there are processes that must be in place, Evan says. “I’ve seen the growth of the company as it moved toward a first-class panel operation with a reputation for craftsmanship and excellent customer service,” he says.
In the next quarter, Evan is working on getting a new CRM system up and running well. He’s focused on creating happy and productive employees and reaching out to current and potential customers.
Away from the office, Evan is a dedicated husband and father. He and his wife, Alicia, daughter Emily and son Wyatt enjoy traveling and camping. Evan also relishes homebrewing, and can often be found dreaming up his next stout creation.