A Day in the Life of Jose Villena

February 18, 2020
Jose Villena

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 operations officer Jose Villena.

I like helping people succeed and that is usually by helping them learn or discover ways to work more efficiently.

What is your role at AdEdge?
I have the privilege of serving as the chief operations officer.

What’s the first thing you do when you get in to the office? 
Before I even walk into my office, I stop by and shake everyone’s hand and make some morning small talk. It allows me time to see how my team is doing, hopefully shows I care about them as a person and not just an employee. Usually I make my way into my office by 9:30 a.m.

What motivates you about your work?
I love creating positive culture! Creating a place where we value people and allow them to work in ways that allow them to excel. I started learning about leadership in my early 20s at the same time I learned about Six Sigma. In the 2000s I started learning about Lean Manufacturing. Operational excellence is something I feel finds you. I like helping people succeed and that is usually by helping them learn or discover ways to work more efficiently. This in turn creates better quality and speed – leading to happy clients! So I’ve been honored to serve in various places that allow me to do that because at the end of the day it improves the bottom line.

How did you end up working at AdEdge?
I met Rich Cavagnaro over coffee at a supply chain management event we attended. One thing led to another and he invited me to join the AdEdge family. In every life sometimes we win and sometimes we lose. If you are very fortunate you will have a season in life where you are significant. That is how I feel about my job at AdEdge. We make potable water systems, so we literally help bring clean water to the world! We help improve people’s lives and I get to do this with a great, supportive team.

Lunchtime! What does a typical lunch hour look like for you? 
Normally I walk and around and chit chat with the team – see how their day is going. I make sure they take a break to eat and relax. Personally, I usually grab something quick and eat at my desk if I don’t eat with a team member.

How do you combat the afternoon slump? 
I find someone to help or an accomplishable task to complete, but the task has to improve something. I find whenever I get down or tired, if I help someone or something, I can be reenergized.

What music are you listening to this week?
I listen to an Eric Thomas podcast and radio, Lauren Daigle radio, and a specific worship set we created for our youth church. When I need to cut loose it’s usually classic rock.

What’s something you always do before you leave for the day? 
I review my task lists and see what I accomplished. I set my task for the next day. If it was a good day I list why so I can find a behavior to repeat. If it was a bad day I list why and a behavior to learn from.

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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