- On October 20, 2020
Chuck Coakley – MassMEP Employee Highlights
Focus in on the southeast region of Massachusetts and you’ll find Chuck Coakley, one of MassMEP’s Project Managers for that region. Chuck says that he works anywhere from Boston to Cape Cod, and that currently he is doing lots of work in the Fall River and Taunton area. He goes on to say that his job is exciting because it’s a role that includes lots of hats: sales, project manager, trainer, consultant, and in general listening to problems and offering solutions.
Chuck shares his career path, “I’m a retired Verizon Manager, where I worked for about 40 years. I started off as a union technician, and went to school days and worked evenings. I finished college and got a bachelor’s degree in English. After that I was promoted to a variety of supervisory positions, and then to a mid-level supervisor. For the last 20 years at Verizon I was involved in the project management field, both as team member and as project manager. I had a lot of great experiences and met lots of people, and really enjoyed the role as project manager. After Verizon I went to work part-time as the project manager for a small mom and pop company. They were wonderful people, but eventually went out of business. At that time I wanted to try something outside of communications. I had done it for so many years, I wanted to try something else. One of my neighbors was friend of Paula Martel, at North Easton Machine, and suggested I send my resume to her. She in turn sent it to Joe Griffin and Jack Healy at MassMEP. We met and interviewed, and I began working for MassMEP about 4 years ago.”
Chuck continues, “What’s my favorite thing about my job? Well, it is to not make all these cold calls, but it is to make cold calls and set an initial meeting, sit with the prospect or client, and just ask questions. ‘How are you doing? How’s business? How’s your company shaping up? How are you being affected by the pandemic? Have you had any training experience with us before? Have you worked with other trainers?’ Depending on how the questions are answered, I think about what I might suggest to them. For example, if the office is slow, I might suggest a value stream map on order quoting or billing. If the floor is overwhelmed, I’ll ask to do a walk-through and may suggest a kaizen or 5S. Or it may be something they specifically ask for, like Safety Trainers and navigating the pandemic. I’m the happiest when I leave and know I have someone interested in our product, and know that I’ll be back there to help them or to get the grant process started.”
Outside of the office, you might find Chuck shooting hoops. “I’ve always played basketball. I played in high school, and also had the opportunity to play at Boston Garden as a bench player for a state winning high school championship team. I still play, with people that are younger, and so far they haven’t told me to stop coming. Of course, that was before COVID, so for 6 months I haven’t played. I have put on the COVID 20 however, so I try to exercise, ride my bike, and tone up. That way when gyms upon up again I can go back to playing again. There is a local playground where I can go to shoot hoops some, which is good.”
How well do you know Chuck? Two of these statements are true and one is not. Can you guess which one?
1) I am treasurer for the Goddard Health Foundation. This is a nonprofit that operates out of southeastern MA, primarily the Brockton/Stoughton area. We help people with funding for various diabetes clinics with visiting nurses associations. We also help local grocery stores to set up diabetic aisles that have specifically A1C friendly snacks. It takes some time to participate in meetings and to review grants, but it is a way for me to give back a little bit.
2) In 2015 I rode in the Pan-Mass Challenge. It started in Wellesley at Babson College, and then went to MA Maritime in Bourne. The next day we rode $8,000 to the Cancer Society. It felt good! I don’t know if I’ll ever do it again. It was 165 miles in 2 days and brutally hot. Did you know that there are more hills after bridge on the Cape than before the bridge? I discovered that on that trip.
3) A couple years ago I was playing a small par 3 golf course on the South Shore and hit a hole in one. I probably couldn’t replicate it on a PGA course, but on a small par 3 is good.