At Amentum, we celebrate our people, our cultures, and we recognize the value of diversity and inclusion. In October, we’ll focus on National Hispanic Heritage Month while shining a light on one employee at a time. Today’s Q&A is with Carlos Perez, Program Manager, Critical Missions.
How did your military service prepare you for a successful career at Amentum?
As I rose through the ranks in the military, developing as a leader was always at the forefront of my growth. My training in leadership has proven to be invaluable. They have given me the freedom to concentrate on achieving corporate goals while protecting the welfare of the employees. Knowing that competence, discipline, and understanding result in greater levels of team morale and Esprit de Corps
How did you come to join Amentum?
Soon after my departure from the military, I was offered a job with DynCorp which is now Amentum.
What is your professional and personal background?
As stated earlier, I spent 27 years in the military. I have a bachelor’s degree in management. I write fiction novels and had one book published. I am married with three children.
Describe the work you do and how you think it makes a positive impact.
As a program manager, I am responsible for the everyday operations of the task order. I ensure that we meet all contractual requirements prescribed by our customer. I ensure that we perform our work proficiently, on time, but more importantly we perform our work safely. By achieving our goals, our team members grow to take pleasure in the outstanding job they produce.
What are some of your accomplishments and/or what has been your proudest career moment?
I would say becoming a U.S. citizen, enlisting in the military, achieving the rank of Sergeant Major, and then transitioning into the civilian sector where I have been able to demonstrate my abilities to help others to succeed as a team.
What do you enjoy about working for Amentum?
Amentum is a professional and dedicated organization that mirror some of the same ideals that I value.
What are you passionate about?
Succeeding as a team. Treating everyone as a valued member and crossing the finish line together.
What’s your career advice?
If you want to be successful, understand your responsibility to your organization and your team. Treat everyone with dignity and fairness. Never demand respect, earn it.
What does safety mean to you or do you have a favorite safety tip?
The most essential principle that we must always uphold in all we do is safety. Our staff members need to feel comfortable coming to work in a setting where they know the management is concerned about their security.
What’s the best invention in the world and why?
The internet, in my opinion, has been our era’s greatest successful technology. We may now interact with one another, exchange expertise, and gather data that will help us make better decisions
Anything else you would like to share from a personal or professional perspective?
Optimism and motivation are contagious. Work hard and have fun.
While thinking about Hispanic Heritage History month, please provide a response to one of the following questions:
- What’s your favorite book? Mass Exodus the Story of an Illegal Immigrant (I wrote it)
- What author has influenced you the most? Tom Clancy
- Favorite film? Gladiator
- Favorite musician? Vicente Fernandez