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Roger Douglas Mann (Doug)

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Above all, leaders should be authentic and unafraid to show their true selves. 

Position: Vice President of Facility Management, Kosan Crisplant North America (Missouri, USA) – part of MAKEEN Energy

Education: Community College of the Air Force

Employed since: 2010

How did your career start out?

Before I joined Kosan Crisplant (part of MAKEEN Energy), I worked 15 years for an electric cooperative. I was a staking engineer, designing distribution power lines. In 2000, I took the position of Key Accounts Manager and moved my focus to business retention planning, marketing strategy, budget analysis and so on.  

I also started a small excavating company in 2004, where I handled administration and had 1 employee doing hands-on tasks. We quickly grew to 8 workers in just a single year. I found a niche within on-site wastewater hydraulic management and helped out on several projects in training soil morphology with Missouri State University.

What is your role at MAKEEN Energy?

I started at Kosan Crisplant in 2010 as the Production Facilities Manager, going to each plant to hire and train the plant manager and staff. I also put together our local Employee and Safety handbook. In 2018, I was promoted to Vice President of Facility Management, but I also took on some sales and compliance tasks.

I have been the project manager for several refurbishing plants across the US and Canada. The latest one is located in San Antonio, Texas, where we will hire a plant manager and train the staff – around 20 people in total. It’s going to be very busy right from the beginning.

What are the most important skills in your job?

Leadership from the front, to develop trust and to be accountable. When I walk into a plant, I desire to bring a sense of calm – not concern. I try to teach each manager that above all, leaders should be authentic and unafraid to show their true selves. By doing so, they’ll inspire others to do the same.

Here in MAKEEN Energy’s North American division, we are so spread out that we don’t operate on strict authority and supervision. Instead, we are flexible and adaptable, and our vision matches today’s fast-changing world. Our employees are our most valuable asset, and we encourage them to speak up and reach their full innovative potential.

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