Manager of the Year - 2017

Manager of the Year - 2017
Dec 21, 2017

John Engelstad

In the world of business in the 21st century, information technology is the backbone of just about any organization. And Western Window Systems is no different. From the company’s online quoting system to its overcoming numerous hurdles amid a major move, the IT department is a 24/7 operation.

Chief Information Officer John Engelstad has been there every step of the way, overseeing a growing department faced with increasing demands regarding every aspect of the company.

Since starting with Western Window Systems in November 2015, John has proved himself invaluable to the day-to-day and long-term operation of the company. John has implemented numerous changes in IT since coming aboard, including developing new organization structures to facilitate process improvement, establishing a disaster recovery plans that ensures minimal impact to end users, and instituting new methods of dealer support to create a more customer service-oriented environment.

And his team appreciates John’s efforts in creating a highly functional department.

“John has provided an environment that supports and encourages team unity,” the IT team wrote in nominating him for manager of the quarter in 2016. “He leverages our strengths and empowers us.”

No one knows better than John that technology never sleeps, and he is always ready to tackle the increasingly complex challenges that arise in the world of IT.

Says President and CEO Scott Gates: “When I send one of my 3 a.m. emails, I know John will answer, even though I don’t expect him to. Now that’s dedication.”

Learn more about John Engelstad by reading his Q&A:

Where are you from?
Grand Forks, North Dakota.

What song best sums you up? 
“What a Wonderful World,” by Louis Armstrong.

What’s your favorite sport to watch or play? 
Watching my son play soccer.

What are your hobbies? 
Spending time with my kids playing games or going to the park, watching movies, and traveling.

Who do you look up to/admire?
Scott Gates.

Where do you most want to travel, but have never been? 

If money were no object, what would you do all day? 
Travel the world in my private jet.

What’s your favorite family recipe? 
My wife’s cheesecake.

What is your favorite movie? 
The Goonies.

What’s your biggest success until now? 
Being hired at Western and getting my EMBA from ASU before that.

What’s your favorite part of working at Western Window Systems? 
How much everyone loves this place, which coming to work fun.

What is one fun fact about yourself that almost no one knows? 
I’m taller than Scott Gates.