A Day in the Life of Greg Gilles

February 6, 2020
Greg Gilles

In this series, we take a look at some of the bright and knowledgeable people behind our success here at AdEdge Water Technologies and see how they tackle their day-to-day challenges. Today we are here with chief technical officer Greg Gilles.

The water industry is booming, and everybody needs clean drinking water.

What is your role at AdEdge?
I’m one of the main owners and partners of the business with Rich. My lane and my role is really mostly on the technical and sales side of things. It’s a huge space. It’s a great place to be in terms of business right now. The water industry is booming, and everybody needs clean drinking water.

What motivates you most about your work?
One is to grow economically and create jobs for folks. That’s one of the things that’s most satisfying about the work. And of course doing the work with purpose. Impacting the quality of people’s lives in terms of what we do in removing different contaminants from the water, improving the quality of people’s drinking water and the environment that we work with.

What are some challenges or obstacles you face?
Bringing along and training up younger staff is one of the challenges. Unfortunately the universities with their curriculums and programs as good as they are, they don’t really teach people, young engineers, to do water treatment. One of the challenges is as you get more advanced in your career, what you want to do is give yourself away more. That means training people to do what you do so that there can be people that carry on the kinds of things that you do. So training others to pick up those things.

This is the challenge of having enough time to stop what you’re doing or the busy-ness of your day, to invest in people who will be able to take the ball and run with that further down the field. Preparing the workforce and finding the right people is another challenge. We’re having a hard time finding new people that we’re trying to hire with the right skills.

Do you have any favorite projects?
We formed a nonprofit a few years ago called Helping Hands for Water. We did a project for a population of 6,000 people in Argentina that had one of the highest levels of arsenic in the history of the planet, in drinking water. We worked through a couple of nonprofits and a mission organization in North Carolina. Over a course of time we pulled together a treatment plant for this community that reduced the arsenic level from almost 300 parts per billion (ppb), to less than 5 ppb.

What do you keep on your desk?
I have way more on my desk than I should have. It needs to be cleaned off. I’m a pretty visual person so I like to keep reference materials, folders and project files, and things kind of handy. If I stuff them into a file cabinet I tend to forget about them and I don’t know they’re there. I’m going to have to hire another civil engineer to help me do some structural supports pretty soon for the stuff I have.

What’s something you always do before you leave for the day?
I try to leave the office in such a way where I complete what I can complete for the day without having some sense of urgency for having to have something done first thing in the next morning. So if it requires a little extra time to stay longer, that’s what I’ll do.

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Like the rest of the world, our lives here at AdEdge Water Technologies have been upended by the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting crisis.
In this series, we take a look at some of the bright and knowledgeable people behind our success here at AdEdge Water Technologies and see how they
In this series, we take a look at some of the bright and knowledgeable people behind our success here at AdEdge Water Technologies and see how they