Today marks Presidents’ Day, a day to look back on leaders who have played pivotal roles in shaping history. To commemorate the day, we’re getting to know more about Comtech’s President and CEO, Dean Grose. Dean formed Comtech in 1995 and has watched his business grow, develop, and become a success. That success didn’t happen overnight, and it would not be possible without our leader at the helm. Read on to see why this man with a vision is revolutionizing shale play and making a positive difference for his team, the Oil & Gas Industry, and our world.
DG: I formed Comtech because I thought I could build a better mousetrap. Years ago, pre-Comtech, I was working for a large corporate entity and was another cog in the wheel. At that time, it was difficult to get the attention and permission of management to enact some of the novel concepts and ideas that I wanted to put in play. Rather than remain frustrated working within a confined system I decided to do it myself.
Q: Are there any leaders of the past or present that have influenced you?
DG: I have never really been influenced by outside entities. I always figured to make my own way in life. I study voraciously and have an appetite for learning but don’t measure myself against anyone in particular. We are all unique, each with something to offer.
Q: What, in your opinion, are qualities of an exceptional leader?
DG: Character, integrity, honesty, and dedication come to mind as some of the more important qualities in a leadership position. Doing the right thing even when no one is looking is a good way to define character. We all have an innate knowledge of right and wrong. Choosing the correct path is difficult at times but we know it is the right thing to do. People will follow someone they trust and find credible.
Q: What is your most memorable moment in Comtech history?
DG: We get wrapped up in the day to day minutiae and details without stopping and looking at the forest through the trees. I recently had an opportunity to view Comtech holistically through a broader lens and was amazed at how we are affecting the lives of more and more people every day. Whether we do it internally with the jobs we provide or externally with the services and products and we provide, we are making a difference. It’s nice to contribute and practice philanthropy when given the chance but the real contribution comes everyday with the lives we touch.
Q: What sets Comtech apart?
DG: Our approach to solving problems makes us unique. Instead of accepting the millions of reasons why it can’t be done, we are continually searching for the one reason it can be done. We strive to search for solutions that fill a niche. This protects our position and prevents an eventual race to the bottom mentality. Our employees and associates make us unique, valuable, and special.
Q: What are your hopes for the future of Comtech and the Oil & Gas Industry?
DG: I would love to see the Oil & Gas industry thrive for many years to come. Energy independence is important in the world today. I would hope that special interests don’t get in the way with junk science to ruin and destroy the industry. As an insider, we are all aware that we are conducting business in an ethical and environmentally sound manner. The public, through ignorance, can become fearful and easily manipulated. I would like to see the public better educated so they can see and realize the benefits. A rising tide lifts all boats. This industry can provide valuable sustainable jobs for many years to come.