Team Member Spotlight: Casey Conlan

Team Member Spotlight: Casey Conlan

This month, we would like to recognize our CEO, Casey Conlan. Casey is an exceptional motivator for the team, thanks to his intelligence and quick wit. Additionally, he is a skilled player of both ping pong and pickleball, adding to his many talents.

The Chief Everything Officer

We know that he is the CEO of an electronic company today, but it was not always his end goal. As a child, he wanted to become a professional basketball player. However, being on the “smaller side and a late bloomer” made it harder for him to compete with bigger kids, and this idea gradually faded away.

Afterwards, he aspired to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a successful businessman. Casey has put in a lot of effort to grow the company to its current position and is pleased with the team’s progress. He is always working towards enhancing the company and improving the work environment.

When he is not in the office, he is most likely pursuing one of his hobbies like surfing or snowboarding. He is also an avid gardener at home, growing his own vegetable garden, flowers, and trees including some bonsai trees. He has a green thumb! Along with his hobbies, he loves spending time with family and friends, especially his three kids, Maxine, Marlowe, and Merrick.

Career Story
Q: How’d you get your start in the electronics industry?

After graduating from NAU, I worked as a bartender and met the owner of a frequency control manufacturer who later hired me as a salesperson. As I was about to lose my medical insurance provided by my parents, I needed a “real” job, and this opportunity came in handy.

Q: Where do you see Suntsu in the next 5-10 years?

I would like to improve our global distributor ranking by breaking into the top 25.

Q: Since becoming CEO, what has been the most important thing you’ve learned?

Probably that Peter Drucker was right. Culture eats strategy for breakfast.

Q: What is the best advice that someone has ever given you?

To get ahead, you must take risks.

Q: What advice would you give someone wanting to improve their leadership skills?

Read lots of books and experiment with new ideas. Keep what works and throw away what doesn’t.

Company Culture

We briefly discussed company culture with the Peter Drucker quote, but we’d like to ask more questions.

Q: First, what is your definition of a great team?

When team members understand how their role fits into the big picture, they can better appreciate the importance of their work and how it contributes to the overall success of the organization. When they have a clear understanding of what a good job looks like, they can strive to meet or exceed those expectations, resulting in improved performance and outcomes. Communication and clarity around roles, responsibilities, and expectations can lead to a more engaged and motivated team, ultimately driving success for the organization as a whole.

Q: What is the most important aspect of this organization – mission, vision, or values? Why?

A happy team is more engaged, open to change, and productive than an unhappy team. In addition, it’s essential for a team to be in harmony and for individuals to have a positive outlook to achieve their goals. If team members are not in sync or unhappy, any effort to promote the organization’s mission, vision, and values is likely futile. Disengaged team members do not have the motivation or the drive to work hard and work with their peers to achieve company objectives. Therefore, it’s crucial to create a positive work environment that fosters teamwork, collaboration, and fun. When people enjoy what they do and who they do it with, they are more likely to be committed to their work and take pride in their contributions.

Q: Our company culture is truly great. Can you please elaborate on what factors you think contribute to its success?

We have an entertaining group of individuals who enjoy spending quality time with each other both inside and outside the workplace. We always find ways to have fun and create memorable experiences together. Whether going out for drinks after work or simply having lunch together, this group is a true testament to the power of friendship and camaraderie.

Rapid Fire Casey Conlan
Rapid Fire!
Favorite Sports Team?

Lakers

Favorite Sports Team? Lakers

What’s an obscure movie line that you say in your everyday life that no one gets?

“When someone isn’t responding to me:
Bueller? Bueller? Anyone? Bueller?”

“When someone isn’t responding to me:
Bueller? Bueller? Anyone? Bueller?”

Thank you, Casey, for creating a supportive work environment where your team can thrive.
If you want to learn more about Casey or how Suntsu can help you create what’s next,
reach out to us today or check out his LinkedIn profile.

Thank you, Casey, for creating a supportive work environment where your team can thrive. If you want to learn more about Casey or how Suntsu can help you create what’s next, reach out to us today or check out his LinkedIn profile.

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