Name: Chris Scott
Position: South Central Regional Sales Manager
Years with the company: 1 Year
1) What was your childhood like?
My Dad was in the Navy, so I spent my younger years moving around the country until we settled in Florida. I lived a pretty normal Florida life of going to the beach, eating Publix subs, avoiding hurricanes, watching space shuttle launches, and being careful with the seat buckle when you first get in the car.
2) Who was a hero to you growing up? Why?
Kelly Johnson was a hero to me. He ran Skunk Works and was responsible for the design of numerous iconic aircraft include the SR-71 Blackbird and U-2.
3) What are your hobbies?
I enjoy building and racing cars, snowboarding, surfing, adventure photography, guitaring, travel.
4) How did you end up in metrology? Did you go to school for it?
I I spent years as the Sr. Aerospace Engineer for a company that designed and manufactured aircraft components. While I studied Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Central Florida, it wasn’t until afterwards that I became involved closely with the quality departments and was introduced to metrology.
5) What are your roles and responsibilities with API?
As Regional Sales Manager, my responsibility is to work with our customers as partners to find the best possible solutions for their applications, providing them with support and ensuring that we are adding value to their continued successes.
6) What sets API apart from other metrology companies in your mind?
Innovation and customer support. From the beginning of the invention of the Laser Tracker itself, API has been constantly innovating and focusing on improving and creating new solutions to meet the high demands of our customers in Manufacturing and Quality. To then follow this up with being able to understand the needs of the industries and provide support to the users is what really makes the difference.
7) What API Product or Service are you most excited to tell people about?
The Radian and vProbe measurement system to assist customers with reliable and fast hidden-point measurements. It’s an incredibly portable, easy to use, and durable product that allows it to be used as a preferred solution for a variety of applications in Manufacturing.
8) What about API’s future excites you?
Continued innovation of new products to anticipate and address the needs of the Industry. As an engineer I’m always looking to be a part of an organization to help build and solve new problems and being with API allows me to be at the forefront of technology.
9) What does “Nothing Beyond Measure” mean to you?
Measuring is at the very end of the manufacturing process, which then makes it the most critical and important part of this process to ensure that the correct parts are being used. Without the ability to properly and reliably measure, you can’t be confident that the final product being used is what was originally designed. Therefore, it is such an important part of the process since there is nothing that comes after it.