Originally from a small town in Georgia, Kent Bugg has had a competitive mindset as far back as he can remember—something we value highly here at Sky Inc (Nashville, TN). His father was an Olympic swimmer and Kent himself played a variety of sports, though baseball was his specialty. He pitched in college for a couple of years before transferring to Georgia Southern University where he majored in Building Science and Construction Management with a minor in Business.
Having briefly worked in the construction industry, we are thankful that Kent found his way to Sky Inc through hard work, networking, and a keen sense of business. He was promoted to Assistant Manager in April and there’s no doubt that he loves his current role.
While his job title changed, President Jonathan Perry made sure that Kent was prepared for his new position well before the promotion.
“Before I got promoted, JP was already giving me a lot of the responsibilities that I have now. It helped make the transition easier and it prepared me to build and grow the team, help our people reach their goals, and interview new candidates,” Kent reflected.
When it comes to interviewing potential hires, Kent looks for individuals with a certain mentality.
“You need to have a ‘big picture mentality’ when you work here. You need to have the desire to reach goals and help the people around you reach their goals as well. After all, that is how a business works—no one gets promoted or advances in a company without being able to help their people reach their goals. I’ll give them what they need to succeed if they give me hard work and persistence in return.”
Kent never ceases to help develop the mindsets of his people. They need to be sharp, prepared, comfortable, and confident in their roles.
“One of my major goals is to get my people comfortable with being uncomfortable,” Kent shared. “Before I even get in the office I prepare myself to be comfortable with being uncomfortable because operating outside of my comfort zone is the only way I can grow. If you aren’t able to be confident in uncomfortable situations, you will inevitably become complacent, which is detrimental to growth.”
Be sure to check back for Part 2 of our interview with Kent Bugg!