SimpleQuE Spotlight: Blake Russell

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What is your position and what do you do for simpleQuE?
Senior Director and I work with clients to implement and manage their ISO/AS Quality Management Systems and EMS Environmental Management Systems

What do you like most about working for simpleQuE?
simpleQue is an industry leader in providing ISO consulting and training services.

What is your greatest accomplishment – work or personal?
With my wife, we raised three beautiful daughters who are now intelligent, funny, and productive adults.

What is your favorite QMS standard and why?
ISO 9001 because I have worked with it for almost 30 years and understand how it improves a business.

What attracted you to SimpleQuE?
The leadership and their vision.

When you are not working, where can people find you?
Working around my home, exercising, mountain biking, and enjoying time with my wife.

What was your first job?
Ranch hand in Abilene, TX

How did you develop your aerospace expertise?
Through years of consulting and my quality management experience at Boeing Military Airplane, Bombardier Learjet, L-3 Communications, and Kongsberg Defense Corp.

Have met…
Leslie Nielsen, Davy Jones (The Monkeys), Harve Presnell

Where did you go to college?
Kansas Newman College in Wichita, KS for my BS and Regis University in Denver, CO for my MBA

Where is your hometown? 
Abilene, TX

Would love… 
I would like to go on an Alaskan Cruise.

My hidden talents are…
Impressions and singing Karaoke.

What is your favorite sports team?
The ones winning!

Thinking back over your career, what is the professional accomplishment you are most proud of achieving and why?
I mentored several young professionals who moved on to become successful leaders as COO, President, or VP.

Client satisfaction is pinnacle to your background.  What are your client-focused approaches to simpleQuE?
Being a good listener and how I can become the solution for the client’s challenge.

What advice would you give to a new college graduate entering the technology industry?
Find a great mentor who can send you on the right path of your career.

Explain how simpleQuE is different from their competition.
Industry experienced professionals who focus on the success of the client.

Where do you see simpleQuE the next five years?
As the benchmark for other like consulting companies as a medium-sized business consulting group

How would other people describe you in three words?
Highly ethical person.

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