For the past 6 weeks, we have been introducing you to the Managing Directors of CTS. We hope you have enjoyed getting to know a little bit more about the unique individuals who help run our offices! We thought it was only appropriate to close out our series with a grand finale and introduce the President of CTS, Brendan Thompson. Brendan started his career at CTS in 2001 as an intern and accepted a full time job following graduation as a QA Engineer. Over the years, Brendan has successfully served in many different roles from Consultant to Managing Director, and his promotion to President was made effective this past January.
When I’m not enjoying my Bronco on the side of the road or the back of a tow truck, I like to read, run, and listen to music. Reading is my escape. Recently, I’ve been reading a lot of non-fiction about survivalists who decided to go off the grid and live in various deserts, mountains, jungles, and frozen tundras. Running is my therapy. I run a race every few weeks, usually whatever distance my friends pick (except for marathons). Music is my relaxation. I appreciate guilty pleasure radio hits and unknown independent bands. My favorite musician of all time is Elliott Smith. Since I’m getting old, I decided I need a “thing” to be snobby about. Since I’m too much of hayseed for wine or fine art, I picked coffee. I like to buy beans from local roasters and brew my own coffee.
You have been at CTS for 13 years, what has kept you here?
It’s all about the experience and the people. A lot of people are smart with impressive accomplishments, but many of us become intoxicated by our own fumes. That’s not who we are at CTS. We show up every day because we care about our customers and we care about each other. We get to try new things. We get to succeed. We get to fail. Through it all, we never take ourselves too seriously. People wonder why I’ve spent so much time at CTS, and I wonder why they haven’t spent time at CTS. I could spend a lifetime with these people. Maybe I will.
What have been some of your all-time favorite CTS events?
Two events stand out for me. Both involve manual labor with a co-worker. In 2010, we prepared Thanksgiving meals at Open Hand, and I spent half a day packing lunches with one of our newer hires from UGA. We kept each other laughing the whole time, and he taught me business process modeling. In 2013, I spent a day on a roof at a Habitat for Humanity Build with a fellow transplant from Alabama. We both got horribly sunburned and hit more fingers than nails, but I enjoyed every minute of it. Our daily jobs wouldn’t have given us the opportunity to work so closely, and we learned we have more in common than growing up in Alabama. Back in the Birmingham OADI days, we worked forty hours Monday through Thursday, so we could go out Thursday night and pretend we were still in college. We called it “Little Friday”.
Where would you like to see CTS in the next 3-5 years?
For me, it’s never been about a particular destination or milestone. For 2015, 2020, 2025 and beyond, I hope we keep growing our customers and ourselves and have a really good time while we’re doing it.
You can learn more about Brendan’s background and his role on the Leadership Team here.