Robert Atkinson, Owner/Strategic-Partner
I spent the first decade or so of my career working in a wide range of manufacturing, technical and scientific roles. As a Geoscientist with Intertek, I handled core and fluid samples and became familiar with warehouse operations.
From there, I worked for Halliburton – first, as a Senior Scientist and Mechanical Professional, and most recently as a Technology Project Manager. My collective experiences provided a high-level understanding of workflow coordination, project management, shipping & receiving, as well as the value of having a flexible labor force.
Over the years, my work roles may have transitioned from blue collar to white collar, but I remain a "hands on" kind of guy. As a PrideStaff Owner, I value each opportunity to work directly with employers throughout The Woodlands and Conroe area, learning about their business and helping them to overcome their specific workforce challenges.
The Big Picture:
Being able to connect the right people to the right jobs is critical to any organization's survival. PrideStaff has the ability to quickly source and vet talented candidates, and then provide them to clients to create successful matches. This option allows employers to gauge individuals' skills and cultural fit on the job, while also allowing job seekers a means of gaining work experience or transitioning into a new industry.
The Scoop on Staffing:
PrideStaff's hiring and staffing solutions create a win-win for employers and candidates.
On the client side, we provide a viable solution to help small employers manage the impact of the Affordable Care Act. In addition, we can help organizations of all sizes to seamlessly flex their workforces up or down – adding resources when necessary to meet changing demands while still controlling overhead.
On the candidate side, we provide a range of job opportunities that offer the flexibility, challenge and career growth today's job seekers want.
Secrets to Success:
I've always had a strong work ethic, and I've never been afraid of getting my hands dirty. I like to find the smartest, most efficient way to get something done, and then set my sights on the next task.
Arnold Schwarzenegger once gave a fantastic speech on success that has stuck with me to this day. He said, "Trust yourself, work hard and find ways to give back to your community." I use that advice to drive my own success, every day.
I have three young children, so we enjoy going out for walks together and taking trips to our local park.
I also love being my own mechanic (working on old diesel trucks is my favorite). I do all of my own maintenance on my vehicles, and I haven't taken a car of mine into the shop for years.