GCMS has built a strong reputation and an extensive portfolio of gas turbine power plant experience, and it’s our employees who make that possible! We have the best employees in the industry and we want you to get to know them.
Sebastian Smoak is our Chief Financial Officer and a co-founder of the company. From the beginning we have valued Sebastian’s dedication to GCMS and the customers that we serve. Read on to learn more about Sebastian and his role at GCMS.
Tell us a little bit about what you do at GCMS
As the CFO, I will primarily be responsible for financial oversight of the company working directly with the outstanding GCMS financial team to ensure that we are conducting comprehensive risk management within the organization, employing the best financial planning and operational principles, and developing strong relationships with our customers to best serve and meet their needs. Furthermore, I will work with the CEO to develop new financial opportunities within the power generation industry for GCMS.
How long have you worked at GCMS?
I co-founded the company in 2012 and have been serving as a limited member for the past 6 years, using my leave days from the US Army to attend conferences, pitch sales presentations from time to time, develop industry relationships, and work with the President and CEO to learn more about the power generation industry. As I transition to the US Army Reserves, I will finally be taking a full time position with GCMS in October 2018.
How does GCMS standout from other companies?
I have seen first hand how GCMS has truly embodied and committed to our core values that we developed when we were just getting started in 2012. The core values of Trust, Family, Integrity, and Transparency were developed at our dining room table at my father’s farmhouse in Northeast Texas. Since then I have seen GCMS commit to those values in the Middle East, the Americas, Southeast Asia, and more, by providing phenomenal service, a level of customer commitment that is truly reminiscent of a familial bond, and a resolute sense of integrity born from open communication, mutual trust, and an unshakable work ethic within the company.
What is your favorite part of your day-to-day job?
I truly enjoy the interactions that I have with the outstanding administrative support team in our home office. Some of them I have known for years and some I have only just recently met, but I am truly excited to work with them each day.
What do you enjoy doing in your time off?
I enjoy wood working, running, reading, and traveling. These hobbies can be traced back to either my childhood, where we were constantly supported to build and work with our hands on our family farm and to participate in as many extracurricular activities as possible in school, or in my service in the Army, where I developed a passion for physical fitness and an unquenchable desire to travel and see the world.
Vacation time! Where are you going, who are you taking, and what are you doing while you’re there?
For vacation, I always try and bring as many loved ones along as possible. I typically like to go somewhere with a beach and take it pretty easy. I don’t mind doing a guided tour here and there, but I really prefer to kick back with a beer and just unwind.
Which of GCMS’ core values is your favorite & why?
Family. Hands down this is my favorite value of the company because it resonates with me personally and I feel truly blessed to be part of an organization that is committed to the concept of family. A quick story to help drive my point home: As many people know, when GCMS is in urgent need of a part, we can usually just ship the equipment or part commercially. From time to time, it is cost-effective to have a courier escort that equipment by taking a flight. We had a GCMS team member who had been on a project in SE Asia for quite sometime and hadn’t been able to spend time with his wife in several weeks. Instead of sending a member of the admin team, GCMS leadership opted to send the team member’s wife as the courier so that he had the opportunity to see his wife and they could spend some time together before resuming the project. This is a small act, but demonstrates a strong commitment to family within the company.
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