After 9 years with Varo, Jack Chevalier, IT Specialist, is retiring with mixed feelings. On one hand, he’s happy to have his days to spend with his wife of 32 years and best friend, Naomi; but on the other hand, he’s sad to be leaving his second family – the people of Varo.
Jack is a “jack-of-all-trades” (pun intended), having a dual background in the engineering side of CAD as well as the technical side of it. Before joining Varo, he started working on his previous company’s first CAD machines, where he got a foothold in IT thanks to that experience. When the IT Manager left the company, Jack was sudden thrown into the role. It’s thanks to this background in both engineering and IT that was he was able to switch back and forth between the career paths as necessary. Upon joining Varo as a designer, he caught wind of the IT department needing someone who knew CAD as well as IT, and he jumped on the opportunity.
“Being able to switch has served me well,” Jack commented.
When asked about his favorite memories of/at Varo, he couldn’t pinpoint just one: “it really is the people I’ve worked with,” he shared. “Everyone’s helpful and friendly; I’m kind of a friendly person and it’s developed into my personality over the years. I discovered that if you’re nice to people, it’s like a mirror and they’re usually nice back. I’ve found it very comfortable to live with myself using that philosophy; I think you have a lot fewer regrets that way.” He also shared that despite retirement, he intends to come back and visit from time to time.
Jack’s plans for retirement are fairly simple; aside from going to the state fair and on vacation to Atlantic Beach, the only thing he knows for sure is something he won’t be doing:
“I know the first day… I’m not a morning person, and I will not be getting up at 6 o’clock in the morning, maybe ever again. I like to sleep in. So that’s the first thing that’ll happen.”
Now that he can wake up at a time more natural for him, he’s hoping to spend his days adventuring with his wife, going on bike rides and kayaking – which he calls pedal or paddle. And as often as they can, return to visit the sun and sand.
His response when asked for any parting wisdom was classic IT humor: “Reboot fixes everything. Don’t call me until you reboot.”
In all sincerity, Jack noted that “I’ve had the most fun and probably the most satisfied at this job than any other throughout my career. I really like what I do, and that I wasn’t sitting at my desk all the time, that I’m out dealing with people and talking.”
Jack will be very missed by all of Varo, we wish him a happy and fulfilling retirement!