Shannon Allen and April Johnson serve as Aerial’s office manager and recruiter. If it weren’t for their keen eyes, outreach, recruiting efforts, and organization, this office would not run as smoothly as it does. Even scheduling their interview was an adventure, with April on calls to Airbus Co and Shannon attending to our new hires. They were kind enough to carve out time for me to discuss how they keep so calm in the face of formidable work requirements.
As the office manager, Shannon oversees the office’s day to day and long term operations including security, health and safety, and vendor relations. He is in charge of the onboarding process for new hires and schedules work and social events, including employee first aid training and our annual Drone Day, a picnic in Piedmont Park. As a recruitment business partner, April primarily adds technology focused staff (in engineering, sales, and office support) to the Aerial team. She also leads college recruitment and university outreach efforts, while paying close attention to Airbus’ diversity initiatives. April considers recruiting to be “one of the most important functions of a business, especially when it’s new.”
“You’re building the foundation of an office, a quality team of people who can collaborate and work well together.”
Shannon studied business management at Brewton-Parker College in Mt. Vernon, GA, and worked with SatAir, a division of Airbus, shortly after graduating. As he was already part of the Airbus family, he jumped at the chance to work with Aerial, excited to experience a new company culture. April received her MBA in Information Technology Management from Georgia State, and has worked in recruiting for over 10 years. She has always been drawn to the tech industry, and says that she enjoys the pace and innovation. Her favorite part about working at a startup is the knowledge that “you’re building something from scratch, something that’s never been done before.”
Outside of work, Shannon and April are avid TV watchers and readers. Shannon’s favorite show is currently American Horror Story; April’s favorite author is Maya Angelou. They both try to draw definitive lines between their work and home lives, because like most of us, it can be easy area to pour most of your energy into. April spends plenty of time with her family, and Shannon works with the United Way of Greater Atlanta.
“I feel that it is our responsibility and duty to help others who are less fortunate. It’s also essential to guide and nourish others as others did for us along our journeys.”
Shannon and April are the glue of Airbus Aerial. Their work serves as a steady reminder that companies like ours would be nowhere without their careful communication, coordination and teamwork.
By Chisom Awachie