WWJ Closeup, September 2018

THOMAS M. CHRISTY, PE
Vice President
Geoprobe Systems
Salina, Kansas

THE BEST ADVICE I EVER GOT?
Always make it home for supper with your family at the end of the workday.

ON MY DESK RIGHT NOW?
I’m a clutter desk guy. I’ve got books, magazines, half-finished projects, small parts, and my coffee cup.

MOST SATISFYING PART OF YOUR JOB?
I like to get that call from the field that says, “Your tool worked great, we did not understand this site and now we do.” I also get a big kick
out of seeing others on my team tackle a difficult problem and win.

TOUGHEST CHALLENGES YOU FACE?
My biggest challenge right now is simple: communicating to the industry the value of our technologies and products.

YOUR FAVORITE RECENT INNOVATION IN DRILLING TECHNOLOGY?
I’m an environmental guy. My favorite innovations are all in the area of direct push logging tools for high resolution site characterization.

MOST COMMON QUESTION YOU HEAR FROM CONTRACTORS?
“How much does it cost?” It’s the first piece of information they need to make a mental calculation of return on investment. You can just see the churn going on in their brain. I appreciate this question. It’s where we start when we buy equipment in our own business.

YOU SAID RECEIVING THE 2017 TECHNOLOGY AWARD FROM NGWA WAS A TOTAL TEAM EFFORT. HOW DID YOU SHARE THE NEWS?
To tell you the truth, I felt pretty sheepish about it; like I was getting a personal award for the company’s many innovations. It took me a couple weeks to get the hang of it and really enjoy the honor. I’m very thankful to be working with such very great people.

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