JBKnowledge Intern Insight: Johnny Pollack
I’m Johnny Pollack, and for the past month I’ve had the pleasure of being one of the six interns JBKnowledge hired at the beginning of the summer. I’m a recent graduate of Texas A&M’s Construction Science program and in eight months I will begin my Army career as a brand new 2nd Lieutenant. As my colleague David said earlier, I am a Business Development Intern who works extensively with JBKnowledge’s Business Development, Support, and Marketing teams. We serve two main functions: collecting and qualifying data, and assisting our sales team in building opportunities around that data. It’s been very interesting to learn from the various approaches to business development used by each our sales team, Chad, Victor, and Andy, and figuring out how to personalize those methods in order to best accomplish this task. All in all, it’s an exciting and challenging problem that I am lucky to tackle every day.
The past week has certainly been busy here at JBK! Construction has just finished at our new office and we have been busy prepping the new space and moving all of our belongings into it. Every time we walk into the new office, we get the sense of wonderment at the potential of this new space. Our architect, Liz Bigler, certainly did an amazing job with the design!
So far, I have immensely enjoyed my time here at JBK. This company has done an excellent job of fostering a friendly and upbeat environment while adhering to high standards of performance. Excellence is expected here and assistance is always available in the pursuit of that goal. Here, everyone’s tasks are valuable to the company and our time isn’t spent accomplishing menial assignments. As soon as we, the interns, complete an assignment, our coworkers are using our work to improve theirs. As an intern, I can see the immediate impact my assignments have on this company. This is perhaps one of the most motivating factors this company fosters; here, our work matters.
As a future leader in today’s Army, I am lucky to be able to witness prime examples of servant-leaders that are so prevalent in this company, yet unfortunately uncommon in this world. I have learned countless lessons from every member of this company and I look forward to learning countless more.
“If you can relate to people, you can connect to people. If you can connect to people, you can lead those people.”
–William ‘Whurley’ Hurley. Co-Founder, Chaotic Moon Studios.