Christopher Rey, Vice President of Procurement, is celebrating 10 years of service at Federal Contracts Corp Chris was born and raised in Florida and is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a degree in History. When Chris first started at Federal Contracts Corp, he was still working part-time as a cashier at Wal-Mart.
“I wasn’t expecting it to be a permanent job. I had graduated from Saint Leo, and I still had my cashier job at Wal-Mart. I was working part-time at Wal-Mart and part-time at FCC,” said Chris. “It was great because I got to work at FCC during the day, and then went to Wal-Mart and worked from 6 to Midnight, so I got started on my Work All Day, Work All Night Philosophy early.”
With every new job, there are challenges and hurdles that must be overcome. For Chris, one of the first daunting tasks was answering the phones.
“When I first started, after a few weeks, Clark [the CEO] asked me to start answering the office phone. I was scared out of my mind because I knew nothing about equipment. I was still trying to comprehend exactly what GSA was,” said Chris. “But the more I did it, the more I learned about this company, equipment, and the government through those calls. I got more comfortable and, now, I love answering the phone.”
His devotion, loyalty, and passion for hard-work are just a few reasons why he’s achieved a great deal while at FCC. Over the past 10 years, Chris has had many significant achievements. One of which was the largest single order the company had ever seen.
The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Distribution in Red River, Texas required 110 C-7 Diesel Engines. This is the largest single order from any federal customer that FCC had seen since its start in 2003.
Chris said he enjoys working for FCC because each day presents a new challenge that he has to figure out and solve.
“There’s something new that happens every day,” said Chris. “You never know what you’re going to get when you start the day, and [that] makes it fun.”
With all the challenges that Chris solves in a day, there is one memory that sticks out more than the rest.
“We sold a Salad Bar to Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, as they really like working with us, and they asked us to get them one, so we did,” said Chris. “We used to send them $10 worth of CAT parts at a time on individual credit card orders, and we treated every small order like it was a million-dollar order. It was great to have them trust us and know that they would get quality equipment and great customer service from us.”
Looking towards the future, Chris plans on staying with FCC for many more years to come and is excited as to what the future may hold.
“My goal is to do the best that I can for this company and be a good person while doing it,” said Chris. “I think that FCC has the greatest staff that any company could possibly assemble. This is an awesome place to work.”