Always Striving for Improvement: Meet Alex Hruby
When Alex Hruby first came to CEC, it was through Kirkwood Community College’s internship program. Working side by side with cabling installers, he helped pull cable and moved equipment and materials while learning about the importance of cabling infrastructure in supporting emerging technology.
Once his internship was over, Alex decided to join CEC’s team as a part-time installation technician while he earned his associate degree. After graduation, he was hired as a full-time electronic systems technician; he spent five years installing, maintaining, and troubleshooting low-voltage technology systems on customer sites.
That hands-on, problem-solving experience created new career opportunities for Alex within CEC’s engineering team: He became an engineering associate, where he put his insight and expertise to use in designing technology projects for customers.
When CEC partnered with Rauland in 2018, Alex shifted back to the field as a healthcare integration specialist to focus on healthcare projects and lead the technical team. The following year, when CEC acquired Select Sound and established field operations groups, Alex had the opportunity to apply his knowledge and skills in a new role overseeing CEC’s healthcare technology team in Iowa.
Meet CEC’s Director of Healthcare Operations Alex Hruby!
Q: How has our company’s culture changed since you’ve been here?
A: We’ve been focused on making continuous improvement changes from the ground up over the past few years. We’re building new processes that directly impact our internal teams in a positive way.
Q: What’s your favorite CEC “story”?
A: CEC has always been at the forefront of technology. As a result, the healthcare team has had opportunities to work on new products. I’ve had some great times working through unknown configurations and getting systems to work even when there were lots of open and unknown items at the start of a project.
I also like to tell the story about how I ended up in my current role. I’m fortunate to have this opportunity, and it was partly due to me telling General Manager of Healthcare Communications Mike Young that I thought he should eliminate my position as healthcare integration specialist. We were at a point where we needed to redo project processes, and I saw opportunities for improvement. I was able to help create a new process that better fits our group and positively impacts customers. It’s rare when you feel comfortable enough to tell your boss that your current position isn’t needed!
Q: What do you like most about working at CEC?
A: CEC values the talent of its people and will give you every chance to grow your career and explore different opportunities.
Q: What challenges do you see in navigating this year?
A: Understanding the new healthcare market after the challenges of last year with the pandemic. We made a lot of process changes last year and need to make sure our results match customer needs.
Q: Do you have any words of wisdom for new employees?
A: Learn from those around you and take pride in your work every day.
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