Shannon Mann is a safety specialist and was recently nominated as an SMS Standout by Joe Moseley. He is recognized for being instrumental in verifying and coaching us through how to correctly implement the SIMOPS permits, getting the various supervisors together with one another and helping to explain what all is going on around them, overseeing multiple critical lifts of mud tanks, mud pits, etc. Congratulations on a job well done. Thank you for being a team player, Shannon!
We interviewed Shannon to get a glimpse into his daily work schedule.
A.A. Describe a typical day at work.
S.M. I wake up and log on to the network to see if there are any updated job changes. Then, I meet with the other team members and discuss the day’s deployment and goals. After, I travel to multiple locations to follow up on quarterly impact areas and perform compliance walk-throughs with site supervisors. I conduct any special requests and follow up on incidents/investigations. Lastly, I conclude my day with emails and planning for the next day’s work.
A.A. What was the best vacation you have ever taken?
S.M. My wife and I recently went to Ireland to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. The people were all polite, and the scenery was magnificent.
A.A. Describe yourself in one sentence.
S.M. Dedicated to customer service and continuous improvement.
A.A. What is your favorite thing about your job?
S.M. The variety of tasks and opportunities to expand your knowledge and skills.
A.A. What food could you live on for a month?
S.M. Steak and taters.
A.A. Do you have a side hustle, hobby, or volunteer group that you’re involved in outside of work? What else do you spend your time doing?
S.M. No, I enjoy my time off with my wife and our two dogs.
A.A. How do you stay motivated at work?
S.M. Keep a positive attitude.
A.A. What has been the most fulfilling moment in your career so far?
S.M. Being asked to fill in as a Senior Tech for the contractor.
A.A. Who would play you in a movie?
S.M. Too ordinary for a movie.
A.A. Tell us about a moment that changed your life.
S.M. I was on the volunteer fire department, with no medical or CPR training. I responded to a medical emergency for airmen landing. When I arrived at the scene, I ended up having a patient, and I had no clue what to do. All I could do was talk to the patient and keep calm. This moment triggered me to take a first responder class, which led to taking a paramedic class and ultimately, making a career change to Acadian Companies.
A.A. What would be your advice for future [safety professionals]?
S.M. Always be courteous and don’t say it if you can’t print it.
A.A. What is your favorite activity outside of work?
S.M. Spending time with family and hunting.
A.A. Name one book that inspired you professionally.
A.A. Which talent or superpower would you most like to have and why?
S.M. Flying. Have you seen how people drive?
A.A. What was the best advice you were ever given?
S.M. Never go to bed angry.
A.A. Do you have a bucket list? What are the top 3 things on it?
S.M. play a round of golf in Scotland and visit Alaska.
A.A. Do you have any pets? What are their names?
S.M. Two dogs, Anakin and Sunshine.
A.A. A penguin walks through the door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?
S.M. Oops, I took a wrong turn at Baja.