Heritage Month Spotlight: Tina Hart, Sierra Nevada Corporation

Tina Hart
Logistical Operations Warehouse Manager
Sierra Nevada Corporation

There is no “I” in Team

Meet Tina Hart. Formerly an 82nd Airborne Division Paratrooper, Tina joined Sierra Nevada Corporation in 2013 as a material production coordinator specialist. Today, she is a manager in Sierra Nevada Corporation’s ISR, Aviation and Security (IAS) business area (BA). We sat down with Tina to learn more about her journey at SNC.

What is your role at SNC?

I am the logistical operations warehouse manager for IAS. There is no “I” in team. We are a collective unit supporting both the Centennial and Colorado Springs campuses. The warehouse team ensures that materials are received, stocked, issued and delivered to SNC’s different programs and campus-wide personnel. We service over 20 locations and are responsible for the shipment of our many different contractual deliverables – both in the continental Unites States (CONUS) and outside the continental United States (OCONUS). We also dedicate ourselves to empowering our campus with understanding the many local, state and federal regulations surrounding the import, export and shipment of material from within our enterprise.

But, more importantly, we stand strong in support of our local BA and corporate-driven policies and procedures, and execute every task with the highest level of accountability. We will never make an exception that deviates from our solid commitment to compliance.

Why did you join SNC?

Growing up, I always had my head pointed to the sky. Aviation was my dream. I joined the Army at 20-years old and served as an Aircraft Electrician and 82nd Airborne Division Paratrooper. I also served as a contractor in Iraq for 4.5 years and then another 4.5 years as a contractor in Germany in support of our warfighter.

A very good friend of mine, Donnie Dobson, who is a former aircraft inspector, told me that SNC was where I needed to be. He said that it was one of the best, if not the best, companies he has ever had the opportunity to serve. Donnie’s input was the driving factor in making the very easy decision to accept a position with SNC.

The desire to serve doesn’t stop when you leave the service. I believe that the need to serve comes from an innate passion. The idea of joining an organization of many veterans that are dedicated to serving the warfighter was extremely compelling to me as a newly-separated veteran.

Tell us about your career journey at SNC. 

In February 2013, I joined SNC as a material planning coordinator specialist. Then in December 2014, I was awarded the “Doing the Unprecedented” award for IAS. This award honors those that are a strong representation of SNC’s core values as translated through their business partnerships and solutions.

I was able to grow with SNC in support of the Knight Rider Modification and Service Life Extension Program (SLEP). These programs helped mold and shape my journey and in February 2015, I became the IAS warehouse manager. This role has allowed me to be a proud member of the IAS Operations Group. The team we have is dedicated to a safe, quality product that meets and exceeds our customers’ expectations. We value the customers’ voice and ensure that we are “doing the right thing” for our warfighter every day.

What is the most meaningful part of your work? 

Being able to serve. I strive to serve my team each day and empower them to become the leaders they all are destined to be. Empowering others and watching that “tree” grow is by far the most rewarding part of my job, hands down. I am extremely proud of my team. I have watched us grow from a disenfranchised group of individuals to an amazing group of team members, each with unique strengths and weaknesses that are, just a few years later, influencing the way we think as a team, a business area and as an enterprise. Our team is dedicated to SNC’s core values and executes each day with buy-in, zest and an overall commitment to “The Mission” and to our warfighter.

In 2018, my team nominated me for the Service Member Patriot Award. Receiving this award from the Office of the Secretary of Defense’s Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) was an honor that I will not soon forget and is my proudest moment yet.

What do you think is key to building a great at career at SNC?

The need to want to be a part of something greater than yourself…selflessness and putting the mission first.

Who has been influential in your career here at SNC and how has it helped you succeed?

There are several people who have been my inspiration and my reason to continue even when it seemed like an uphill climb, including my direct supervisor Gary Morgan, vice president of IAS/CLS operations, and Royed Meyers, director of quality management systems.

Gary’s leadership has always been there, allowing me to grow and empower my team. In empowering me to be confident in my ability, Gary has supported my journey to become the team we are today.

It is Royed’s poise, humor, and wisdom that always brings calm to the crazy – he always reminds me that perseverance will prevail.

With George, he has taught me lessons in leadership and dedication to SNC and our customer. I greatly admire his unwavering appreciation and loyalty for those who work for him and beside him.

What was your first job? Or what did you want to be when you grew up?

I had three first jobs while I was in high school: A dishwasher in a Chinese restaurant, the assistant manager of Burger King, and a fish cleaner down at the harbor in Fort Bragg, CA.

Finish this sentence, “When I’m not at work I’m….”

…working on my MBA in Project Management. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, snowboarding, camping, fishing and riding my Harley.