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A Day in the Life of SMS Standout Derek Chapman

By October 4, 2018 No Comments

Multimedia Specialist Derek Chapman was nominated by Liberty Energy Services’ President Allan Weatherford for excellent performance and living the SMS mission. Allan says, “Derek was a key team member in the development of the Midship Environmental training video. He was timely and accurate in his work despite a demanding schedule. He demonstrated excellent teamwork at all times. In the end, we delivered a high-quality product to a very happy client.” We sat down with Derek to see how he lives the SMS mission and what a typical day looks like for him. If three words were to describe Derek, they would be “Disney, Disney, Disney”.

 

AC: Describe a typical day at work.

DC: I shoot and edit all the videos for all divisions of Acadian. I am also the photographer for the company.

 

AC: How do you get pumped up for the day?

DC: A cup of coffee and Disney parks music.

 

AC: What was the best vacation you have ever taken?

DC: I go to Walt Disney World every year or every other year, so all of them have been great vacations.

 

AC: Describe yourself in one sentence.

DC: I am very loyal and hardworking.

 

AC: What is your favorite thing about your job?

DC: Knowing I am helping and supporting the employees in our company that keep people safe and save lives.

 

AC: What food could you live on for a month?

DC: Bread pudding, but I would be big as a house. So salad.

 

AC: How do you stay motivated at work?

DC: I really enjoy what I do, so I do not look at it as work.

 

AC: What has been the most fulfilling moment in your career so far?

DC: I am also a freelance videographer. I have been a camera operator for all the television sports networks but my favorite is shooting music concerts. I have worked just about every music festival in the state and others states also. But the most fun I have ever had was running camera was for the Foo Fighters at New Orleans Jazz Fest.

 

AC: Who would play you in a movie?

DC: Darth Vader

 

AC: Tell us about a moment that changed your life.

DC: When my two daughters were born. Before, I could not imagine having kids, but now I could not live without them.

 

AC: What would be your advice for future [safety professionals]?

DC: Take pride in your work. Be positive, be passionate and be proud to be part of SMS.

 

AC: What is your favorite activity outside of work?

DC: Going to Walt Disney World.

 

AC: Name one book that inspired you professionally.

DC: Heavy Metal Magazine

 

AC: Which talent or superpower would you most like to have and why?

DC: To teleport, so I could go to Walt Disney World anytime I wanted or any concert.

 

AC: What was the best advice you were ever given?

DC: Be kind to everyone and treat everyone the way you would like to be treated.

 

AC: Do you have a bucket list? What are the top three things on it?

DC: Go to Disneyland, Hong Kong Disney and Tokyo Disney

 

AC: Do you have any pets? What are their nicknames?

DC: Two dogs – Chloe & Dudley

 

AC: A penguin walks through the door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?

DC: He says, “Sorry wrong door.” And asks where the restrooms are.