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JON Skates


Favorite Part of Job: My favorite part of the job is helping others develop and watching as their talents and passions are applied toward new goals.  A trained and dedicated team will accomplish anything.

Most Inspiring Mentor: Many inspire me daily, but I'd like to point out someone who is humble, competent, driven and above all generous with time no matter the subject.  David Allen, thank you for all your support. 

Tell us something fun about yourself that few people know: I can drive submarines.    

Favorite Vermont Escape: I don't want to say, because it is sooooo nice to be alone there!  Isn't that the point of an escape?!

Favorite downtime activity: I experience tremendous joy when I get to watch my young girls experience the world in new ways.  It is refreshing, grounding, and wild all at the same time getting to see this through their eyes! 

Favorite Social Media: I do not like social media.  It feels like relationship junk food to me. 

Person you would like to share a Vermont beverage with: Jimmy Carter.  Would someone help make that happen, please?  I will travel with the VT beverage!

What is the best career advice you have received? Create options!

Where do you see yourself professionally in ten years? In ten years, I see myself as the proven visionary of an organization that is making the world a better place to live for us and our children.

Career Highlights:

Working through Casella, who contributes to a larger effort to make the company and industry have a lesser negative environmental impact as they manage a controversial and extremely important part of society.

United States Navy, Lieutenant, Submarines May 2007 – December 2012 

Division Officer – USS GEORGIA – Kings Bay, Georgia November 2009 – December 2012

-Officer of the Deck led in mission execution at sea, the operation of a multi-billion dollar asset, and the safety of 160 personnel.

-Led as administrative supervisor for 30 personnel in 3 divisions in the conduct of systems maintenance and underway operations.

-Duty/Production Officer in charge of coordination, supervision, and tracking of 1,000s of hydraulic, electrical, and nuclear maintenance actions. Hand selected to manage the ship’s maintenance project in the heaviest maintenance period in the ship’s cycle (dry dock). 

-Managed a team of 5 members to de-conflict, track, and certify personnel in the management of more than 4000 maintenance items.

Community Involvement:

I have volunteered to coach little league baseball, volunteered hours in uniform to parades, funerals, and other great causes while in the Navy

Rutland City Board of Aldermen

-contribute to quality of life betterment for Rutland area residents through good constituent advocacy and whole system decision making.


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