Almost every Spring for the past seven years Flow Tech has hired summer interns to join our inside sales department in hopes that after graduation they will transition into a full-time role with us. Unfortunately life doesn’t always go according to a plan, and sometimes our summer interns decide we’re not right for them, or we decide they’re not right for us. However, there are always times when we meet the right person at the right time and it just works out. Such was the case with one of our newest full-time hires, Evan Benoit.
We met Evan in the January of 2014 at a UMass Amherst Career Blast. Evan was a fresh-faced sophomore at the time looking for experience in mechanical engineering. It didn’t work out for him as a summer 2014 intern, but we did bring him on as a winter 2014/2015 intern, and then again as a summer 2015 intern. We were impressed with him and he fit in well so it was only natural for us to offer him a full-time position upon his May 2016 graduation. Luckily for us, Evan accepted and started in June 2016.
Evan is one of our 4 Inside Sales Engineers. He assists the Outside Sales Team with whatever then need to win and complete a project. From reaching out to contractors and engineering firms to pricing takeoffs and site visits, Evan is there to help and learn as much as possible. Although he assists wherever he is needed across our 14 manufacturers, his current areas of focus are with ABB variable frequency drives, TAMCO dampers and louvers and Air Monitor Corporation airflow stations. Evan has also been learning about the service end of our business and has been assisting our Service Manager, Paul Beley with quoting service contracts/agreements on TOXALERT hazardous gas detection systems. He has also been involved with Phoenix Controls valves retrofit projects. Keeping with tradition of our employee features we thought it be nice for our readers to get to know Evan by posting his answers to some questions. We hope you enjoy learning more about him…
- What made you decide to pursue an inside sales/sales position?
I wanted to persue a career path outside of the realm of traditional engineering. One that involved more person-to-person interaction. This led me down the path of technical sales.
- What made you decide to go into the construction/HVAC industry?
It was really Flow Tech which made me go into the industry. I loved the culture of the company as an intern and I ended my internship wanting to go back.
- How many years have you been in the industry?
Including my internship, I have been in the industry about a year.
- What other industries have you worked in, if any?
I worked shortly in the manufacturing industry, but have been a student for most of my life.
- What University/College/Technical School did you attend?
I attended the University of Massachusetts-Amherst
- What do you like best about working in this industry?
My favorite part of working in the industry so far is seeing projects that Flow Tech has taken part in reaching completion. It’s a good feeling to drive by a building and say “Yeah, I played a part in making that building a reality.”
- What made you decide to accept your position with Flow Tech?
I accepted based on the fantastic experience I had during my internship. Everyone was always willing to help, and the culture at Flow Tech made work an exciting place to be. As soon as I went in for my full-time interview, I knew there wasn’t much of a question that I wanted to return.
- Did you have a mentor, foreman or instructor that helped you or made an impact in your developing career? If so, who was it and why did they help?
Mike Davis has been instrumental in introducing me to the ins and outs of this complicated industry. By coaching me through numerous take-offs and allowing me to learn from my mistakes, I feel Mike has allowed me to improve many skills that are imperative in the sales and HVAC industries.
- If you could give advice to people looking to pursue a career in sales/HVAC/construction what would it be?
Start early! Internships will give you the background you need to hit the ground running as a full-time employee. Making connections is also imperative, as you will be working with many of the same people throughout your career.
- What is your favorite book and why?
My favorite book is probably The Gunslinger series by Stephen King. I have always been a Stephen King fan and in my opinion these are by far his best books.
- What is your favorite movie and why?
This is a VERY tough question to answer Nichole!
- Family movies: Finding Nemo and Lion King- Childhood classics that will never become irrelevant
- Action Movie: Fast and Furious- The first few in the series before they went over the top
- Nonfiction: Miracle- Fantastic film about the best underdog story in American history
- If you had to eat one thing for the rest of your life what would it be and why?
Pizza. You’ve got all the major food groups, you can mix it up with toppings, and I don’t think I could ever get sick of it.
- If you could have dinner with anyone dead or alive who would it be, why would you choose them and where would you go?
I would go to lunch with Isaac Newton. He is one of the greatest minds of all time, and I would love to see what he has to say about the world we live in today. Who knows what he could have done if he had all of this technology back in his time.
- Any additional comments or unique things you’d like us to know?
- I played volleyball through college
- I am an avid snowboarder
- I can touch my nose with my tongue
It has been real pleasure working with Evan! Aside from Inside Sales tasks Evan has played a crucial role in the reorganization of our warehouse to accommodate an upcoming demonstration lab. Evan has also attended various manufacturers‘ sales trainings across the country and Canada to provide him with a better understanding of our product lines and how best to sell them. Although he was hired as an Inside Sales Engineer he is on our Progression Career Track and hopes to be in the field as an Outside Sales Engineer representing his own product lines in the next 1 to 3 years. If he keeps up the good work and continues to learn, he’ll be there before he knows it!
To learn more about our employment opportunities or Progression Career Track contact Nichole Petersen. We also encourage you to connect with Evan on LinkedIn or by email. For general company information visit our website, contact us, or follow us on social media:Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ and YouTube!