Charlie Shortt
San Diego
Contact Charlie Shortt:

What is your job title, and what does that position entail?

Sales Engineer, selling hardware and assemblies to customers in San Diego.

How long have you worked at Olympus, where did you come from? A little history of how you got involved with Olympus?

I’ve been with Olympus since October 2021. I moved from out-of-state for this position to grow the assembly business in SoCal. Previous employer was a top-end precision motion manufacturer who is a vendor to Olympus. I came to co-exhibit at shows in San Diego and love it here. My parents have lived in this area since the mid-80’s so the location is familiar, they’re also excited to have me nearby.

My previous work has always been in motion. I’ve been involved in troubleshooting, design, and application development of motion systems for 20+ years.

What do you like best about working at Olympus?

Everyone eagerly provides support and is quick to respond to a question or task. Olympus has found great people to employ and treats the team very well.

Describe a little of your past history.

Started out of school in SoCal at a motion distributor, worked there for 9 years. Moved out of SoCal for 14 years living in Evergreen, Colorado (along with a short time in Germany).

Describe some of your hobbies – what do you like to do outside of work?

Surfing, cooking, travel, time with family, skiing AND snowboarding. Raising a teenage son who now is a freshman in college… so I guess that means more surfing, cooking and time with family.

What are some key lessons you have taken from your career thus far?

I strive to be a trusted source for a customer. When they know they can rely on you to provide a solution that will work and be on time, they will keep asking you first when something comes up. Do what you say, when you say

What is one thing your customers might find surprising about you?

Lived in Bavaria for 2 years. Moved my family (including our dog) to Munich to start the European headquarters of my previous employer who manufactures in the US.