New month, new awardee. ALC’s aDifference Advisory Team has recently announced Jessica Aquino – Area Manager of ALC’s Houston Field Operations team – as August’s aDifference in Action recipient. “You would be hard pressed to find someone who is more loyal, dedicated, and hardworking as Jessica. She is the definition of a leader. She continues to lead by example and mentor her team – not by asking or demanding, but by doing.” – Leon Fornelli.
1. How long have you been with ALC? What were some of your favorite moments with the company?
ALC has been a part of my life for 7 wonderful years! In those years I’ve made some wonderful memories. The most memorable have by far been the times when my personal-life and work-life meshed.
[For instance,] my significant other’s plans to secretly propose to me were postponed due to the weather. I was traveling from project to project, not in place long enough for him to fly in and surprise me. He reached out to my superiors to share his dilemma, so they arranged to keep me in one spot (and totally baffle me on WHY I couldn’t continue to my next appointed stop) long enough for him to fly in, meet me, and propose – I said “YES”!
My phone was immediately blown up by our senior management with congratulatory calls. It isn’t often that I can’t “figure things out”, but it was truly an event where everyone was in on it but me!
2. What do you like most about your job?
The amazing people I get the opportunity to work with, developing employees so that they achieve their goals, learning from my peers, and ALC’s mission as a whole.
To expand on that, the most important one is that I work for a company whose mission aligns with my personal mission, to make aDifference. My team inspires me, I learn from them daily. I never lead a team or project with the thought that I’m the smartest in the room.
This company has so many talented people and I think it’s important to acknowledge and work to people’s strengths.
3. What is the best career lesson you’ve learned so far?
Leading by example is critical for a team’s success, and that ‘the whole is greater than the sum of its parts’ – Aristotle. At the end of the day, what matters is that – as a team – we’re able to bring our own skills into a melting pot of abilities.