Feature Friday – Steve Schollian
I’ve been in a uniform ever since I was a cub scout. Since then, I’ve served in two branches of the military. I signed up for the Marine Corps when I was 17 years old and served as a Machine Gunner during Operation Desert Storm. Later, I joined the Louisiana National Guard and served as a Commander in the Bradley Fighting vehicle. Serving my country in the military was probably the first aspiration in my life, beginning in my early childhood.
What brought me here to Stuller wasn’t so much about the product but how the product is made. The first time I witnessed jewelry being made was in the 4th grade by a young lady who made a ring out of a piece of silver wire. I have been intrigued with the jewelry making process ever since. A friend of mine who works at Stuller originally led me here. I admired the company for its reputation in the community for excellent career opportunities and have been here ever since.
My current title in Security is Surveillance Technician. I am in charge of maintaining the company’s current closed-circuit television system. While at times it can be demanding, I find it to be exciting and rewarding. I’ve always been intrigued by technology and how it can be applied in different settings. Though I’ve always worked in Security/Loss Prevention, I have never passed up an opportunity to visit other departments to learn the duties of my other associates.
I’ve always said that it feels like I have worked for two or three different companies considering the changes that have occurred in the industry and how Stuller has been able to adapt to those changes. For instance, when I started here, we were hand-carving masters for wax molds; now we grow them on 3D printers. Since I don’t normally interact with our customers, I don’t always get to witness the impact of our business firsthand. However, I often can’t help but wonder about the journey that each piece will take once it leaves our facility.
Personally, I would have to say my favorite memory is when I met my wife on the first day of class on campus at University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Before we ever spoke to each other, I said to myself, “I’m gonna know her for a long time.” That was in the fall of 1992. I’ve spent my off time annoying my wife since that day (laughing). I enjoy helping others with their projects, going to Hockey games, target shooting, and hanging out with friends and family.
I find inspiration in my strong faith in God. I believe all talents that I have are given by him and not using them to help others would be a waste. My advice to others is to never stop learning and to always believe in your abilities. Failure is not a measure of who you are, unless you choose not to learn from it. So don’t be so hard on yourself!