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Meet Travis Olson

Project Manager, Work & Asset Management
Employee of the Month for May

Employee of the Month

Our Employee of the Month for May, Travis Olson, is a sterling example that attitude is everything.

“Travis came to us with high energy and ambitions to be the best he can be. He has a positive attitude and goes above and beyond to do the best job possible,” said John Gregory, manager of Everett Engineering.

Before joining the PUD, Travis was a project manager for a real estate investment and development company. He was also a partner in the company that built homes for that investment firm. Just as things got momentum, the rug was pulled out from under them with the 2008 recession. 

In May 2014, Travis joined the Everett Customer Engineering team and made an immediate impression. 

“His can-do attitude and the smile on his face were an immediate boost to the department’s morale,” said John.

“Travis was the guy we could go to with any question. He went out of his way to help customers, even if they weren’t in his area,” said a co-worker.

Travis was responsible for the rapidly growing Mill Creek, Silver Lake and Bothell area and juggled a variety of large and complex jobs. Nevertheless, he gladly took on the added responsibility of training new Assistant Designers.

“Travis is a hard worker, and wants the best for everyone around him,” said a co-worker. “I did a ride-along with him, and Travis literally went out of his way to make sure I understood things. In response to my questions, he drove us to places where he could show me examples to explain each scenario.”

Travis also became one of the Customer Engineering team’s Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) for SAP software programs and put in extra time to learn all the ins and outs. The knowledge he gained led to streamlined processes that have saved countless hours for his co-workers.

“Even though he was one of the junior Designers, Travis was the one relied upon to help Senior Designers with the finer points of SAP,” said John.

Word soon spread that Travis was great, and in November 2018, the Work & Asset Management team scooped him up. In addition to tying up loose ends in Customer Engineering (because he’s not the type to leave a team in the lurch), Travis now leads the Distribution Automation program. He has also recently been asked to take on the Underground Cable Maintenance program.

When asked what he considers to be his biggest success at the PUD, Travis had this to say: “I think my biggest success is being open and willing to help whenever and wherever I can. We’re all in this together, and I’ve found just a little extra effort on my part goes a long way. I know that’s what others have done for me, so I’m happy to do my part.”

One of Travis’ co-workers summarized why Travis so clearly deserves this honor: “I don’t believe you have to have a stand-out moment to be Employee of the Month. Being a great person who others come to for help and being kind every single day – even on the tough ones – is an example of someone every employer should want.”

Travis, we’re incredibly lucky to have you. Thank you for being so caring, professional and willing to go the extra mile every single day. Your attitude is a priceless asset to the PUD and its customers.

Recent Awards

  • Hydropower Award (2019)
    The National Hydropower Association (NHA) honored the PUD as one of its 2019 Outstanding Stewards of America’s Waters for Operational Excellence. The national award recognizes the PUD's recently completed Water Temperature Conditioning Project at Culmback Dam, designed to improve the habitat for salmon and other aquatic life in the Sultan River downstream of the Spada Lake Reservoir
  • Hydropower Award (2017)
    The National Hydropower Association honored the PUD with a 2017 Outstanding Stewards of America’s Waters award for its success in providing access to additional fish habitat in the Sultan River Basin, site of the PUD’s Jackson Hydroelectric Project. In late 2016, the PUD opened up six miles of additional fish habitat on the Sultan River by modifying a diversion dam on the upper reach of the river. Within weeks of the project’s completion, coho salmon were detected upstream – for the first time in nearly 100 years!

To see more awards, click here.