SIA Graduation Year
Lineman, Entergy Mississippi
Who influenced you most during your time at SIA? How?
Judy Miller and Nancy Coleman
What advice do you have for current students who want to make the most out of their SIA experience?
Respect for others. The staff at Sharkey were like a family for the most part, from the headmaster to the cafeteria ladies and janitors. They all treated each other with respect. They were family. From that, I've always treated everyone the same. No one person is more important than the next.
Describe your career path.
Like most Sharkey kids, I grew up around a farm, so naturally, I worked on my uncle's farms a lot after high school. I've worked many other jobs, including working on a riverboat. In 2012, I attended MDCCS lineman college and started working at Twin County EPA as an apprentice and made my way to lineman. In May 2017, I left Twin County and started at Entergy Mississippi. I have 8 years in powerline work.
What is your greatest professional accomplishment?
Being hired at Entergy.
What advice would you give current students or recent graduates interested in pursuing a career in your professional field?
Always pay attention to your surroundings. It's a dangerous career but also a rewarding one. I recently went to New Orleans to help restore power after hurricane Zeta. You meet a lot of people and make a lot of friends from all over.
Tell us something about your family/spouse/kids.
I've been married for 8 years. My wife, Brittany, is a licensed social worker, and I have 4 wonderful kids, Alyssa, 13, Levi, 6, Owen, 2, and Lexi, 8 months old.