(above: Operations Supervisor Erin Kerry is honored)
Congratulations to Operations Supervisor Erin Kerry, who was recognized for her outstanding achievement of 10 Years of service to Space Center Houston! How is this possible at such a young age? She started out as a costume character at the ripe old age of 17 and journeyed on to a path of success! Read her story:
(above: Erin “clowning” around as a young crew member)
“Well, in all honesty I didn’t know I would be here this long when I first started 10 years ago. I wanted to work somewhere close to home, only on the weekends, and I didn’t want to work at night. . SCH fit the bill – and I was able to work on the weekends, and still have a social life. As I went through college, SCH worked with my school schedule allowing me to come in later, or leave early when needed. I worked in Attractions as a host for 2 years, then cross-trained as a Costume Character. I did a lot of cool Costume Character appearances all over town and out of town sometimes too.
I was promoted to back-up lead in Attractions, where I first became aware that I liked being a leader. After 2 years of that everything took a more serious turn when I took the full-time position of Tram Status Lead in 2002. — Being the leader of the Tram crew was one of the most challenging things I have ever done, but extremely rewarding at the same time. The responsibility of it was so frightening; leading people that were my same age was difficult, but as I became more and more comfortable in my role and learned how to make it work, I started to know that management would be my career path. One of the best memories I have of working in Trams was of several crew members that insistently called me “Skip” – I had no idea why, but I went along with it. Months later someone finally told me that that’s what baseball players call their coach and I was really touched by that. —
I have be working as an Ops Supervisor now for a little over a year, and one of the things I find most enjoyable about my job is being able to have an impact on the guests that visit our Center. It gives me a sense of pride to be able to see the crew members doing their jobs well, and guests enjoying it. Especially when it comes to the Tram Tour, after all, I did spend 5 of my 10 years out there. And I cant help but think that their success comes from some of the rules that I helped make over the years. — But the aspect of my job that is really the most special to me is being able to go see the Space Shuttle launch – what an awesome experience. It’s a dream responsibility so I think I’ll stick around for a few more years. =)”
ERIN ‘SKIP’ KERRY
(above: Anson Brantley and Erin Kerry pose for a team photo during the Award ceremony)
“ Erin has always shown her willingness to take on more responsibility and hold herself accountable to the highest standards. Her achievements and success here at SCH have definitely helped the company continue to move forward and have made her an invaluable employee. I have been very lucky to have her on my team!” Anson Brantley, Operations Manager
Note: Erin not only found a love for her job at SCH, she also found the love of her life! Erin was married last year to fellow Crew Member Patrick! At SCH, we are proud of Erin’s accomplishments in her career and dedication to her team. Come say hello and congrats to Erin at Space Center Houston!