We’re catching up with our previous “30 Under 35” winners to see where they are now and how their perspective has changed since being named one of the rising stars of the electrical industry.
Today, we talk with Chappell Hawthorne, a 2013 honoree.
What is your current position?
Returns/ERS Supervisor, Electrical Equipment Company
What has been the reaction from co-workers and people in the industry to your “30 Under 35” award?
Excited and supportive.
What advice would you give young professionals about electrical distribution?
Never stop learning and always ask questions. Knowledge is key.
What recruiting advice would you give companies when it comes to hiring great, young talent?
Look for ambitious, highly motivated individuals.
How important was your mentoring (and reverse mentoring) when it comes to furthering your career?
Super important. If it weren’t for the mentors I have had, I wouldn’t be here today.
What advice would you give to company leaders (c-suite) about working with Millennials?
Make sure they understand the why. The how to comes easy.
What do you see in the future of electrical distribution when it comes to technology and business practices?
This industry is as fast paced as it comes; everyday there will be something new and exciting. As technology advances, business practices are tweaked and made better and sometimes worse. I love change and I live by “Kaizen” (continual improvement).
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