Platinum Performer – Chris Whipple

Sutherland has a plethora of incredible people. However, we have many who are willing to go the Extra Mile. In acknowledgment of their efforts, we honor them as a Platinum Performer. Recipients of this prestigious award are invited to our special quarterly dinner where they are recognized for their contributions to the company. Meet Sutherland’s latest awardee.

1. How and when did you come to Sutherland?

I came to Sutherland in 2010. I had been laying ceramic tile for the previous 15-20 years and was looking for a change. I knew someone who worked for Sutherland and I heard that they were looking for someone to oversee the build out of the Rochester Tech Park facility. I had an interview with Mark Fraser and Joe Schiedel, and here I am 6 years later traveling and overseeing the buildouts of multiple facilities.

2. Tell us something about Sutherland or your role specifically that others may not know.

I think Sutherland is a great place to work. If you have the drive and ambition to succeed, Sutherland will provide you with the tools and opportunities needed to do so. Sutherland has been a life changer for me. I now feel secure in my future, I work with great people, I get to travel, and I enjoy what I do for a living.

3. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received at work or in life?

“Nothing is free in life. If you want something, you have to earn it.” I’m not sure if someone specifically told me this or if I just heard it, but I strongly believe in it.

4. What are you looking forward to the most in 2017?

I hope to be enjoying a new piece of land. It has always been a dream of mine to own a large piece of land in the country, and I plan to check it off my to-do list this year.

5. Where do you see yourself in five years?

I see myself working for Sutherland and furthering my career within the facility build out team.

6. What do you do outside of work?

Outside of work, I enjoy camping, hiking, playing the bass/guitar, working on my house, and spending time with my family.

Meet our Author!

By Amber Kukiela| Amber is the Candidate Experience Specialist for Sutherland. She has a diverse background in marketing and has worked with Welch Allyn Inc. and the New York Family Business Center. She is a recent graduate of Le Moyne College where she majored in Business Marketing and minored in Philosophy and Art Administration. During her time at Le Moyne, she was a sprinter and high jumper for the NCAA track and field team. Since then, she has been running in 5k races around the Central NY area. When not running, she dabbles in photography, painting, and illustrating. She also enjoys baking and cooking and uses her coworkers as taste testers.

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