With over 20 years of experience offering aviation training solutions to airlines around the world, we have been incredibly fortunate to have a talented team of people working in the background to grow our company and help us become successful.
Throughout our employee feature series, we are proud to highlight individual members of our team as well as their departments to showcase their strengths and provide insight into how our company is run and how valuable each department is.
In this employee feature, we’d like to introduce you to Alex Tsagatakis who has been our office manager for over three and a half years. Did you know due to our recent growth we have expanded our Vancouver office to include four different locations in order to accommodate our entire team? Alex is crucial in the day to day management of all four of our offices and if you have ever stopped by our office Alex is the first person you will see when you walk in.
What do you do at Pelesys?
EVERYTHING! OK, maybe not everything, but I do a lot to keep the offices functioning which includes a mix of paperwork and running between the four offices to make sure everything stays stocked up!
What did you do before Pelesys?
I had a varied background before joining the team including working as a basketball scorekeeper, in fast food, bakeries, fashion outlets, and video game stores. Since I started working when I was 12, I’ve jumped around quite a bit. I also did some graphic design work before, in fact, I originally started at Pelesys in our Courseware Department!
What do you love the most about Pelesys, the company?
Without a doubt the people. We have a great group of talented people here at Pelesys who I love working with. Through our volunteer-based SAC – Social Activity Committee we have created many opportunities for our team to get to know each other on a personal level through various activities and events which has helped us become stronger as a team.
Let us know about a project at Pelesys you are incredibly proud of.
Unlike many of the other team members at Pelesys, I don’t manage aviation training projects but instead, I focus more on the day to day operations of the office.
However, over the past year, I have really enjoyed working with my fellow SAC members to plan different company events and activities including the Valentine’s Day Event, Pub Night, Movie Matinee, Go-Karting, Hot Ones, the Bake Sale and White Elephant, not to mention our summer and Christmas Event!
One of my particular favourites was during planning for the Christmas party I made the Guess Who Pelesys Edition taking a beloved childhood game and putting the Pelesys teams faces all over it. It was a huge hit at the party and I had a lot of fun making it happen.
Tell us a bit about yourself – what do you like to do when you’re not at work?
I like having my options, so that’s quite a long list – I’ve just been learning to knit and embroider, so I like throwing on a T.V. show or movie while I work on those. I also enjoy playing video games – currently playing the new Pokemon on my switch and going back and forth between The Last of Us and Tales of Berseria on my PS4!
When I get together with my friends, we usually play some good old Dungeons & Dragons, and I have a couple of friends that I’ve started going hiking with!
What’s your favourite place you have ever traveled to?
It’s hard to pick just one, I traveled around a lot when I was younger, especially when I lived abroad! If I have to pick though my top three places would be the Netherlands, Rio de Janeiro, & Venice!
What trip is on your bucket list?
My best friend and I have been planning a trip for years now – once she’s done getting her Ph.D., WE’RE GOING BACKPACKING ACROSS EUROPE! This won’t be the first time I’ve gone backpacking across Europe but I think it’s going to be even more fun this time around!
If you are interested in learning more about the Pelesys team be sure to read our previous employee features here. As well, if you’re considering a job in the exciting world of aviation training please see our careers page for current openings.
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