With tremendous expected growth and installations across the globe, it is exciting to be a part of the electrochromic glass industry in 2016! However, at SageGlass, we understand that our company’s growth and success would not be possible without our dynamic team members.
As part of our new blog series “Sage Advice,” we sat down with Senior Project Manager Cory Sisler. Cory was SageGlass team member number 50, starting with the company as a sophomore in college. He recently celebrated his nine-year anniversary with the company this past May.
Q: What does your typical day look like?
A: Each day is a little different, but in my role I spend about 50 percent of my time in the office and 50 percent with our customers at project locations. While in the office, I spend a lot of my day responding to customer emails, voicemails and planning for production or installation of my active projects. Outside of the office, much of my job is focused around training and planning of how our product is to be installed, and once installed, verifying that it is functioning as designed.
Q: Do you have any secrets for staying organized as a senior project manager with multiple clients?
A: By far, email is my number one source of communication with my clients. My inbox has dedicated folders, and I even have my own flagging method, for just about every project I am actively working on or have worked on. It’s not a perfect method, but it works for me!
Q: What is your favorite part of working at SageGlass?
A: My favorite aspect of working at SageGlass is bringing this product to the market. SAGE definitely fits the mold of the “fast-paced start-up company,” but is rapidly transitioning to the next level. There is a lot of excitement and buzz that comes with working for a company like that. It can be high-pressure, but to me, it’s very exciting. When I get out to a project site and work with someone who’s seeing the product for the first time – their excitement, the comments, pictures, and videos taken can be pretty spectacular!
Q: What is the most challenging thing you’ve overcome with a client?
A: For many of our clients, it’s their first time using SageGlass. Most are excited about the possibility of working with a cutting-edge product, but that’s not always the case. Some clients and installers are nervous about using a new product they are not familiar with. This nervousness can on occasion take the form of anger. It can be a difficult situation, but through product training and detailed design, this nervousness can be overcome. My favorite comment after a situation like this is, “Well, that was a lot easier than I thought!”
Q: What are some of the highlights of your nine-year tenure at SageGlass?
A: I’ve had the opportunity to work with some great people. Starting at SAGE while in school, I wasn’t quite sure of what I was getting into. I’ve received a lot of guidance and support from my colleagues (and still do) and know it was the right decision. I’ve been able to work on many exciting projects in the United States and across the world and many highlights come to mind – working with major Silicon Valley companies, accessing secured government buildings, seeing the product take off and working with international colleagues.
Q: What do you think is the most interesting aspect of SageGlass as a product?
A: Some of the “what if” of the dynamic glass industry – what will happen when dynamic glass finally becomes the norm? It’s exciting to think about this and what that means for the world and sustainability in general as the product continues to advance.
Q: What stands out to you about SageGlass’ company culture?
A: There’s a lot of camaraderie with the people who work here, and a lot of coworkers I consider friends. Management is always open to critique and if you have an idea or opinion you can feel open to sharing it.
While the work load at times can be heavy, there’s still time to adequately balance work and life.
All in all, SageGlass is a great place to work.
Q: What advice do you have for architects who are on the fence about using SageGlass?
A: Experience it! With an ever-expanding portfolio of projects throughout the world, it’s becoming easier to go to a nearby space and experience the product in-action. You can read about its performance, but in order to truly understand the product, you need to stand in a room that utilizes SageGlass and experience the heat and glare difference between the product’s clear and tinted states.
Stay tuned for our next “Sage Advice” Q&A!