Keith’s nickname in the Army was “The Kid”. This was not a reference to him being immature in any way – Keith was far from that having been living on his own since 15, riding his bike on back roads to get into town where he worked – it was because at 17 he was a full decade or so younger than most of those who surrounded him at Camp Roberts where he landed after basic training.
“The Army raised me,” Keith says. And that was a good thing because it taught him the two most integral lessons of his life: the importance of being part of an amazing team and that self-discipline (or ‘maintenance’) brings its own rewards. Moored to these two guideposts, Keith finds himself thriving here on the TekTegrity team.
On a Mission
It was after two tours in the Middle East – one in Iraq and another in Afghanistan – that Keith came to understand the power of being part of a high-functioning and close-knit unit. “You can train the person, you can mentor the person, but you can’t fix the mentality or the attitude of a person,” Keith says. “And when you work with people at the top of their game, like I did in the Army and how I do now here at TekTegrity, it just makes everything easier. We have a great team here because we ‘hire the will, train the skill’. I would take anyone here with me on a mission,” Keith concludes with a smile.
In the Army, “work was work and play was play,” Keith says, and to ‘maintain’ oneself meant that no matter how much you played the night before, you were still expected to show up to morning drill prepared to work your butt off. “And I like it that way,” he says. “Here at TekTegrity with our work life balance, I put in long hours to get the job done,” he says. But when Keith is off the clock, while he’s certainly not “playing” like he did when he was in basic training (he has since become a husband and father), he knows his off time is his own.
On self-discipline, Keith’s superiors in the Army were very clear about what that looked like. “Those old-timers taught me that you work hard until you get the job done – no matter how long it takes,” he says. “And that a job well-done is its own reward.” At TekTegrity Keith enjoys the rewards a satisfied client brings. “There’s no one standing over me with a whip or a carrot,” Keith says. “I’m naturally driven to do the best I can- just like the rest of the team here.”