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Damon Andrews is the president of Glide Installations, a modular furniture and interior installations company, and he didn’t plan on a career in the office furniture industry. Andrews, found a job as a dispatcher at a Phoenix furniture company while going to college. From there, his career path led him to Las Vegas, working as the vice president of operations for Faciliteq Business Interiors. In 2011, in the middle of the recession, he branched off to start Glide, the only licensed and bonded modular furniture installation company in Southern Nevada.
What made you decide to finish your college education?
“In the late 90′s, I was working as a project manager for a Phoenix company and I felt like I was on top of the world. After the financial fallout from September 11th, I was laying off people, watching friends lose their jobs and I knew that I could be next. I had a family and small children and decided that I needed to get serious about school. I started pursuing a bachelor of science degree in business management at the University of Phoenix.”
How did getting your degree help you advance in your career?
“During the educational process, I discovered that I had great leadership skills and a knack for project management. I developed a new level of confidence in myself where I didn’t feel trapped in a job. Finishing my degree also demonstrated to my boss that I could accomplish a goal. I think he felt confident in promoting me to the next level. I don’t think I would have had the confidence to start my own company had I not finished my degree.”
Do you look for advanced education when looking at job applicants?
“Some of the positions I hire for are specialized, requiring people with technical training or design. But for jobs like sales, administrative and accounting, an advanced education definitely plays a big part. When I look at someone’s resume and they have a bachelor’s or an associate’s degree, it shows me that they have an ability to set and achieve a goal.”
What advice do you have for people seeking an education?
“Try to start earlier than later. The further along you are in life, the more responsibilities you will have that take up your time and energy. You should also take time to enjoy the educational process and to learn from other students.”
Christa Emmer is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in broadcast journalism. She has experience as a news writer, editor and producer in television news. Christa has been a Las Vegas resident for more than 20 years. Follow her on twitter @ChristaEmmer. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.