We've added several new teammates in Q1. Welcome to Jayson Smith, who is attending sales engineer training in our Dallas office for the coming months.
Jayson first heard about Innovative-IDM several years ago at a Texas Tech career fair. “I had talked to Mason (Godwin) a couple of career fairs ago but I didn’t have any experience,” says Smith, who was graduated in December from Tech with a mechanical engineering degree. When he visited the IIDM virtual booth online last fall, Smith noticed that the random interviewer on the webcam was Mason.
“I thought, hey, we know each other,” says Smith, who could make a case for a referral bonus: Jordan Yates was doing career day interviews in a nearby room. “I told Jordan to get in line at Innovative, that these people are cool to talk to,” says Smith, “and now we’re both [working at IIDM].”
Jayson spent his formative years in South Texas attending McMullen County High School in Tilden. He suited up for the Cowboys in baseball, track and tennis and graduated in 2016 with 23 other seniors. “It was a big class, usually it’s about 15 seniors but the oil field was booming.” He was a UIL state finalist in Prose and Poetry (“You get two poems and you perform them in the persona of the person in the poem.”) but it was in FFA where Smith earned a five-figure college scholarship competing in everything from agricultural issues to plant identification to meat judging. “I can tell you about your ribeye and what grade it is,” says Smith. “Comes in handy at the grocery.”
Jayson says he feels that working at Innovative-IDM is more of a career than a job, and says he has the spinning head to prove it. “This is a lot of information to take in,” says Smith. “You have to put in the work at home, do the homework, to learn it all. I know I don’t know very much. But it will be OK.”