Executive Assistant to the President & CEO
Former teacher Angie Mogensen joined Saltchuk as a receptionist in 2019. Now an Executive Assistant to Jason Childs, President & CEO of Saltchuk Marine, she left her original role behind when she became Executive Assistant to the former President & CEO of Foss Maritime. She heard first heard of the job when the president’s former EA told her about the opening.
“She was taking a job that was closer to home after having a new baby.”
What advantages do you see to growing within the same family of companies rather than seeking external opportunities?
I was fortunate to start as a receptionist where I was able to build my knowledge of the Saltchuk family of companies. I had a bird’s-eye view of all the facets they are involved in, and the experience also gave me a strong feel for the culture. Learning that Saltchuk embraces the idea of moving and promoting from within gave me a sense of belonging. Once you spend some time looking at the Saltchuk Portal and job board, the number of opportunities in positions and/or locations that one could apply for becomes evident.
Was there anything you did that helped prepare you to take on a larger role with one of the opcos? (additional education/experience, projects, exposure to different businesses)
I didn’t know it at the time, but after working in my new role for a few months, I realized just how much my teaching skills were going to be utilized in my EA role. Although I moved from organizing eighth-graders to adults, some of the skill set is the very same. Time management is a big one, as well as forecasting future needs. I still lacked certain hard skills that have been sharpened by classes that my HR manager and Jason have suggested. I appreciate that the company and leadership are willing to invest in my development.
Any other thoughts
As a former schoolteacher, the only time I really thought about the maritime or logistics industry was when I took a group of fifth-graders on a field trip to the USCG station or heard about it in the news. Even then, I wouldn’t have thought that there was a place for me in a business like that. I didn’t know the first thing about the tug industry. Now, I see all the intricacies that make up this part of the supply chain the public relies on. I can also appreciate the history and traditions that are part of a fabric woven throughout time. I like that about us. It gives you a purpose.