This week we are proud to highlight one of our managers, Chad Perkins.
Chad started as an Associate at Sendero 4 years ago and throughout his time at Sendero has supported a variety of clients with project management, data migration support, PMO support, IT application integrations, project financial management, and organizational change management. He has also led the Salt Committee – an internal committee responsible for preserving and cultivating Sendero’s culture.
We sat down with Chad to talk about his experiences at Sendero.
Tell us about your evolution as a consultant during your time at Sendero.
From project to project I’ve found myself picking up and sharpening different skill sets, usually based on the client’s environment. Whether learning to “talk-the-talk” technically, writing clear and concise executive-level communications, or identifying and building relationships with key stakeholders, all required work over time.
How has Sendero helped facilitate your growth?
Sendero has given me the right amount of opportunity for “growing pains”. Strategically allowing me to be challenged in new ways has sometimes felt painful, but the result has been personal growth and a pride that you are able to do more than you knew you could. For a good example, I think of starting my first role at each client. We are the away team, stepping into their environment, their expectations, their culture, and supporting their needs. But the anxiety that can come with new expectations paired with the unknown provide the opportunity to show grit and grow.
What’s been your most impactful project so far?
I spent a little over a year supporting a Fortune 500 Downstream Oil & Gas international acquisition and integration that was a pivotal point in my personal development. It sparked the mental mindset of “I can do this, and if I don’t know how, that is okay, I’m going to figure it out”. Confidence is key, and Sendero’s empowerment of my ability to learn independently and figure things out along the way was very impactful.
Strategically allowing me to be challenged in new ways, has sometimes felt painful, but the result has been personal growth and a pride that you are able to do more than you knew you could.Chad Perkins, Manager
Describe your current role/project (what’s your client like, what work are you doing).
Currently, I lead multiple project efforts at a large, Texas-based Commercial Bank, supporting their Risk Analytics and Treasury and Deposit operations. My role as a project manager is to ensure that each objective is heading in the right direction and that my team is addressing risks and changes appropriately. In addition, I am accountable for ensuring the client is receiving the value they are expecting. Every day looks different. We have a project methodology we follow, but humans are humans, which means each day has its own excitements and challenges.
Favorite Sendero memory?
I don’t have a single grand experience that sticks out as my favorite memory, but rather it is the little things – the memories from my first client as a nervous fresh-graduate; walking to lunches downtown with co-workers on hot summer days; eating pizza in the office almost every Friday; playing in Sendero’s golf tournament alongside senior leadership; my first time presenting to the company at a Quarterly meeting. They sound insignificant but hold a special place in my mind.
What advice would you share with a college student considering a career in consulting?
Be willing to jump in to efforts even when they’re ambiguous and daunting. Be prepared to flex your style and abilities. Everyone’s human, so relationships matter. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, there’s so much value in being the person bold enough to do so.
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Don’t be afraid to ask questions, there’s so much value in being the person bold enough to do so.