By Dani Moritz-Long
William Guevara, maintenance technician, describes his role with two simple objectives: “Maintain my assigned buildings, making certain that they remain in good condition” and “assist others when required.” Without doubt, he accomplishes that — but William, known by many as Willy — does so much more. Willy’s positive outlook and enthusiasm for his work is contagious. So, while he’s hustling from building to building making repairs, he’s also lifting people’s spirits in his wake.
“When Willy worked at the District Office, he was always enthusiastic to help and aimed for perfection,” said Manager of Employee Communications Wendy Jo Moyer. “No matter what he’s working on, you can count on Willy to accomplish the job with a smile on his face.”
Fueling his passion for Valencia, Willy says he enjoys the College’s family-like environment and the opportunity to please others when he resolves problems. In fact, he says, he considers Valencia a second home.
“I love my job so much that I consider each and every day an accomplishment,” he said cheerfully.
Willy also enjoys Valencia’s learning-centered atmosphere, which, he explains, is just as relevant for employees as it is for students. As a maintenance professional, Willy enjoys every opportunity to improve his trade.
“I enjoy the opportunity to learn something new each day, by means of hands-on work and courses,” he said. “I have been in some form of maintenance work for 18 years. Still, I see a need to continue to learn. Last year, I became certified in electrical, and I am presently taking HVAC classes.”
Willy’s can-do attitude coupled with his thirst for knowledge translates to excellent work in his field, which has resulted in recognition like being named Employee of the Year on West Campus in 2005.
“Willy does everything with a smile,” shared Kevin West, trades/maintenance supervisor. “He is genuine and cares about the people that he works with and the people he provides services for. I am really glad that he is a member of the West Campus Maintenance team.”
In his free time, you can find him enjoying the few quiet moments he does have with his family and his hobby, photography. Check out some of Willy’s photos below.
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