George Bailey
San Diego

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

I am the Robotic Sales Specialist for Southern California. This means that I am your one stop shop for all commercial, technical, training, and integration questions regarding our robot product lines and accessories. I really enjoy that I get to work with customers from start to finish through the sales process. For me, this will often include prospecting, demoing a robot and walking the factory floor to point out good applications, specifying the best accessories for an application, and then providing training and on-site integration support to make sure the robot is fully operational.

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

I began working for Olympus Controls in June of 2017 as my first job out of college. I interviewed with an on-campus recruiter who felt I could be a good fit and introduced me to the team. My follow-up interview took place over a few days at the 2016 Olympus Games/Christmas party, which was a great introduction to our elaborate projects and our company culture. I spent a couple years as an Applications Engineer, gaining a deep technical understanding of our full product line, before moving into my sales role in January of 2020.

What do you like best about working at Olympus?

I’ve really enjoyed the wide variety of applications and industries that we work in. Companies in all kinds of fields can benefit from automation which gives me exposure to cutting edge projects and the opportunity to learn about some of the advancements we can expect to see in the future. We also have a fantastic company culture. Everyone is extremely approachable and we always have a great time when everyone gets together.

Describe a little of your past history.

I grew up in San Diego before going to school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where I earned my B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. Although I loved the Midwest and had expected to stick around for a while, I jumped on the opportunity to help open our newest office in my hometown.

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

I enjoy anything active and outdoors. My favorite activities are mountain biking, hiking, camping, surfing and playing beach games like spikeball and horseshoes. I also enjoy card/board games and doing ceramics when I have the time.

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

It’s always better to express uncertainty instead of guessing and possibly providing misinformation. You can’t possibly know everything.

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

I’m a huge fan of the show Survivor (yes it’s still running in its 40th season) and think it’s the greatest social experiment/competition. I’ve recently submitted an audition tape and maybe one of these days you’ll see me out competing in Fiji.