TRAVELING TEAMS AT ACCURATE CONTROLS, INC.ľAn Interview with Mark and Shannon Tacker
How did you hear
about Accurate Controls?
found out about Accurate controls while working at a job site in Oconee county
South Carolina. I had signed on as a field technician for a technical staffing
company to pull door wires for a small subcontracting company. I saw an
Accurate Controls van in the parking lot and saw that it was from Wisconsin. I
said to myself, "Wisconsin? Who the heck is all the way down here from
Wisconsin?" I was intrigued and took a picture of the lettered door on the
van as I have sometimes done in the past as a way to keep a keen eye out for
work, for when the inevitable time comes that a temporary project such as the
one on which I was working, has ended. I
called the office in Ripon and spoke with Dave Neper and, well one thing led to
another and here I am.
I came in for an interview, I was meeting with T.J. and told him that my wife
supported my "road warrior" type traveling for different projects
around the country, which prompted him to ask what she did for a living and I
told him that in fact she had just been laid off. He broached the idea of us
becoming a husband and wife team. Once again I was intrigued. And the rest is
history, as they say.
like to tell people that I "went to Wisconsin to get a job, and came back
with two". We are both very happy to be working together.
What were your
careers before working for ACI?
was a telecommunications technician with a background in structured cabling,
interconnect telephone work, and have been a telecommunications coordinator for
Atlanta Medical Center as well as a telecommunications analyst for an energy
trading company in Buckhead, Georgia outside of Atlanta. I have worked in 36
states and two countries.
was in the health care industry in a management capacity. She supervised a
staff of 26 employees positioned in 15 hospitals in 3 states.
What have you found
most enjoyable about working together on the road?
and I have always enjoyed traveling together, it never really mattered where
that destination was. We have two grown children and have raised our family
together and now our children are on their own, and we are alone again and
still enjoy traveling together, now more than ever. After having just
celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary, I can honestly say that home, to me is
wherever she is. We love seeing new places and even familiar ones again.
However, the most enjoyable thing about working together on the road is simple;
its just "being together". We view our travels for ACI and each of
the different projects that we do for them as a great adventure. Really we do.
And as always, we cant wait to see where we will be asked to go next. Also we
travel with our little Yorkie dog, which actually works out pretty well.
What would you say to
other couples thinking about this career and lifestyle?
would encourage them to consider a career with ACI. Accurate Controls is a
fantastic company to work for. The people are great. They take good care of us,
and they always want to make sure that we are happy and comfortable. They also
make us feel appreciated, which is a rarity these days. We also feel like our
work is important work. We challenge ourselves every single day and are
constantly honing our skills. We know we are ambassadors for our company, and
we are proud of the work that we do and of the company that we represent.
What are your
interests outside of work and how have you been able to maintain them on the
love to collect vinyl records. Traveling gives me an opportunity to scour local
record stores for treasures and it makes me very happy each and every time I
find one. I have a Bluetooth record player and speakers which are portable and
its really pretty easy to play my music on the road, just like if I were at
has always enjoyed photography. And since we always try and take the time
to see the sights along the way, whether it be a local state park or a national
landmark, there are plenty of great opportunities for her to find things to
photograph. Recently she photographed Mount Rushmore in South Dakota and
Devil's Tower in Wyoming.
What is the most
interesting thing you have seen while traveling the country?
would be hard to name just one thing really. We have seen herds of Bison, Bald
Eagles, cute little Prairie Dogs, Pronged Horn Antelope and have met lots of
friendly and interesting people whom we stay in touch with. We make new friends
in every town we work in, since we end up being there for some period of time.
Shannon Tacker was born in Carrollton,
Georgia and Mark Tacker was born in Memphis, Tennessee. They have two children,
Jennifer, 29 yrs old and Aaron, 22 years old and one grandson, Jude, 7 years