Kevin Roberts, Shreveport Maintenance base manager, has been in the aviation industry since he was 15. Kevin says he owes much of his success to the mentors he had in high school and throughout his career, so he was happy accept to the opportunity to lead the Shreveport Maintenance Mentorship Program at ExpressJet.
“The Mentorship program allows our senior mechanics to work closely with those new to ExpressJet. This creates a family atmosphere and gives newbies a person to look to with questions, but most importantly it ensures that our new mechanics are successful,” said Kevin.
Kevin attended pilot ground school in high school and received his solo pilot’s license before he received his driver’s license. After graduation, he landed a corporate job in the aviation industry where he worked for many years. During this time, Kevin also received his Aircraft and Powerplant License (A&P) which allowed him to accept a position as an aircraft mechanic at ExpressJet in 1990.
“In my 24 years with ExpressJet, I’ve had several opportunities to further my career,” he said. “Overseeing the Shreveport Mentorship program has been one of my most meaningful projects.”
The Mentorship program in SHV was initiated in 2012 to help facilitate the high new-hire rate. Knowing the program was going to need a leader, Kevin, who was a Maintenance supervisor at the time, was assigned to be in charge. Kevin took the project by the horns and has dedicated much of his time to coaching mentors and working to improve the program.
“My goal with the Mentorship program is to expand it to our other Maintenance bases and have it tailor-made to meet the individual needs of each base,” said Kevin.
Since being promoted to Base Manager in SHV, Kevin has had to delegate a lot of responsibility when it comes to the Mentorship program, but he still remains very active in developing the structure and schedule. Kevin and his core team of mentors are the reason the Mentorship program has been so successful and continues to advance toward a positive future.
“Kevin has a great work ethic and truly dedicates himself to every project,” said Bill Hartwell – general manager, Maintenance. “The Mentorship program has thrived under his leadership.”
Outside of work, Kevin enjoys rebuilding antique vehicles, running, cycling, working out at the gym, triathlons, motorcycles and traveling with his family. He also regularly participates in Tough Mudder events sponsored by the Wounded Warrior Project, and he always encourages others to participate with him.
“By being a part of a company that has seen its share of highs and lows, I continue to have the drive and commitment to keep ExpressJet moving forward,” Kevin said. “This company has been good to me and I am looking forward to more great years at ExpressJet.“