Employee Spotlight: Nick Schlueter

For this month’s Employee Spotlight we spoke to Nick Schlueter, he has been working for Vision Net for 16 years and will retire at the end of December. That’s why we made sure to interview him before he passes the torch.

What is your position here at Vision Net and what do you do?

I am the Manager of the Marketing and Systems departments.

How long have you worked at Vision Net?

16 years.

How has Vision Net changed since you started working here?

We have grown and evolved to meet our customers’ needs and keep pace with the rapid changes in communications technology.

What made you choose Vision Net?

An opportunity to learn new things and grow professionally.

What’s your favorite Vision Net perk?

Flexible work hours.

What are 3 words to describe Vision Net?

Nimble, forward-looking and customer-focused.

What advice do you have for prospective Vision Net candidates?

Be ready to be a life-long learner! Things change so rapidly, if you are not willing to learn new things you will fall behind and be less effective.

What’s the first thing you do when you get to work each morning?

I get myself a glass of water and I check my Email.

What do you like most about your job?

The variety of projects that I get to work on.

What do you find the most challenging about your job?

Effectively managing and motivating people.

What people would never guess you do in your role?

Act as the Vision Net brand ambassador with a variety of organizations.

Are there any projects you’ve worked on that you’re proud of?

Deploying wireless last-mile solutions.

What’s something that you’ve learned at Vision Net?

Always stay curious, learn new things and embrace change.

What do you like to do when you aren’t working?

Play music with others, watch movies, be with family.

What has been the most important innovation you have witnessed in your lifetime?

The Internet.

Do you have a favorite newspaper, blog?

USA Today.

What’s your favorite movie?

The Harry Potter series.

What’s your favorite book?

Stephen King’s Dark Tower.

Do you have any talents or hobbies?

I play guitar.

How do you define success?

I have this quote from Emerson on my wall:

To laugh often and much;

To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;

To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;

To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others;

To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition;

To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.

This is to have succeeded.

Nick won the Great Falls Chamber’s Boss of the Year Award – Oct 2019

Retirement

Obviously I’ll miss several things about being here doing this job, but it’s time for me to move on to the next chapter of my life and find what adventure waits around the corner.

Farewell Nick, we wish you the best! The Vision Net team couldn’t be more grateful to you.

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