Get to Know James Schnell [PART 3]

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We’ve been speaking with one of our best and brightest leaders here at Atlantic Solutions. To read the part 1 of our interview with James Schnell, click here. For part 2, click here. Otherwise, keep reading to find out about what James has learned in his six months working with us and the legacy that he wants to leave behind.

What personal and professional lessons have you learned from working at Atlantic Solutions?

I’ve learned a lot. Professionally, I’ve really learned about becoming a leader and taking on a management role. All of the other jobs I’ve had, I was always an employee. I hated my boss and I never liked having a boss. This job has shown me that there are opportunities out there where you don’t have to be a boss. I always thought about opening my own business, and watching someone like DK has shown me that as long as you’re a good mentor, people are going to respect you. You don’t have to demand that leadership. People respect you for being who you are. Personally, I’ve learned to be a very positive person and to look on the bright side of things. The past couple of years, my family has been through a lot. I’ve always looked on the bright side of things, but I never thought that I could be more positive. I was around negative people in my life. But being around positive, happy people have made me even more positive. I thought I was positive already! That really helped me out. Nothing really gets me down anymore.

What do you want to be remembered for?

I want to be remembered as a guy who was always there for others. A guy who was always happy and always helping others and could always be relied on. I love when people say “I can count on James, I’m going to go to him.” Whether it’s my family or people that I work with here or friends, I love when people know that they can count on me. I love being there for people. That’s definitely one thing I want to be remembered for.

We’re lucky to have you on our team, James!

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Get to Know James Schnell [PART 2]

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In case you missed it, we’ve been chatting with one of our top performing team leaders here at Atlantic Solutions. If you need to get caught up, you can find part 1 here. In this next part of our interview with James Schnell, he shares his thoughts on leadership, building professional relationships, and what he thinks of his boss. Check it out!

Being in a position of leadership, how do you balance professionalism and friendliness with your team?

I used to watch my brothers and sisters when my parents were working, and my relationship with my team kind of reminds me of that. I have personal relationships with the guys on my team, however, I respect them and they respect me and trust me enough to follow me as a leader. Anytime I get close with one of the guys on my team, I make sure that they know that this is a professional business first. We’re here to grow together in a professional business environment.

What other qualities do you think make you a strong leader?

I always make sure that I’m at work early. I’m here much earlier than everyone else is every morning. I’m very professional with my image and in my actions as well. I make sure that I stay professional both inside and outside of the office of course. I always make sure that I’m reliable. I respect my guys and they respect me. They know that they can always rely on me for anything job-related or otherwise. I’m very responsible too.

Can you describe DK, the president of Atlantic Solutions? What do you admire about him as a leader?

Even in that first interview with him, he was so so energetic and positive. We had a great connection immediately. He’s such a great mentor. A lot of people respect him. At every conference we go to, everybody loves DK.

He actually reminds me of my dad. My dad actually worked for the buses with the MTA for 32 years. Everywhere he went, people loved him. I still have people that tell me “Oh, I love your dad!” DK reminds me so much of my dad because he’s so loved and respected, you can’t help but really like someone like that. He’s such a good guy, and you know he always has your back. That’s such a cool thing. If somebody does something wrong he doesn’t yell at them, he just takes them to the side and has a good, critical conversation with them. He always makes you feel good. I’ve had a couple bad days. Of course, everyone has bad days. Just one little two-second conversation with him will perk me right back up. He’s the man.

Read the finale to this interview series by clicking here!

 

Get to Know James Schnell [PART 1]

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At Atlantic Solutions, we believe in training our employees to be excellent and effective leaders. In just six months since starting here, James Schnell has become an exemplary member of our team. We caught up with him to learn a little more about what he’s learned, what he does, and why he loves it.

How long have you worked at Atlantic Solutions? How did you end up working there?

I’ve been here for about six months. Before this, I was actually managing a FedEx warehouse. I had graduated the previous year from King University with a degree in Psychology. I was kind of stuck and didn’t know where I wanted to go in my life after school. I had put my resume on a recruiter website and I got contacted by Atlantic Solutions. And I thought “Oh, this could be something interesting.” So then I came in for the interview and it all happened from there. I met with DK. It was more like a conversation than an interview, it was awesome. I was really excited about the growth opportunity in this job; starting at one level and then grow to one day running my own branch office.

What’s your favorite part about working at Atlantic Solutions besides the growth opportunity?

My favorite part is definitely the work environment. We have a lot of fun. I’m a big family guy, I’m actually one of seven kids. Since the day I started, I’ve seen everybody working hard but also being themselves at the same time. Nobody is robotic. They don’t need to be told what to do. Everyone is very professional and we’re one big family. I’m closer with the people at this job than I am with my childhood friends. We’ve spent so much time together and we’ve become really close. That’s definitely my favorite part.

Want to read more of our interview with James? You can find part 2 right here!