Avionics News November 2015 - 33
problems. In high school, I sold candy
bars with a group of friends to other
students using math to decide how
much to buy at wholesale (Sam's Club)
and what price to charge classmates
to make a profit. Later in life, I thought
about how I could use that talent in my
career. I found finance and accounting
were a good fit for me.
What do you like best
about your job?
FDS is transforming into a
leading avionics company in the
industry, and that is exciting.
I enjoy helping define and
shape the new FDS. I also take
pleasure in tackling complex
problems and challenges. I enjoy
interacting with employees at
all levels and focusing on how
I can help remove obstacles
so the company can get the
most out of their contributions.
I love teaching and imparting
knowledge and information
to others so we can all be
What's the corporate culture
at Flight Display Systems?
At FDS, every employee is committed
to providing high-quality products
and services to our customers. This
customer-centric approach is at the
center of everything we do. We have
three core values centered on quality
that are posted throughout our building:
first, being easy to do business with;
second, instilling the highest level of
professionalism in our communications;
and third, paying attention to the
details. These three tenets reinforce the
quality experience that is important to
our valued customers.
We also operate under an opendoor policy from the CEO down where
any employee can come in and talk to
us. We encourage employees to take
ownership of their areas and come
up with new ideas and solutions to
problems. We also focus on providing
tools and training to each employee to
reinforce that ownership. We spend a lot
of time helping employees and working
with them to hone in on details that
make a difference. The status quo is not
acceptable at FDS - we push everyone to
take their performance to a higher level.
Before we move to your
life outside the office, I am
curious about your name.
Shango is the African god of rain and
thunder. Osei Tutu was a great king of
the Ashanti Empire, which is now Ghana.
My parents changed their names and
chose significant African names for my
brothers and me to inspire us to strive
for greatness in everything we do. I don't
have an accent because I was born and
raised in Maryland.
When you're not working,
what are you doing?
I am an avid pro football fan. When
I am not working, you can find me
watching my favorite football team
either at home or a restaurant with
friends. I also enjoy completing yard
work around the house. Cutting and
trimming the grass is my favorite.
Although the process is noisy, it turns
out to be a peaceful and relaxing setting
for me. In a world of multitasking and
ever-increasing demands, I treasure the
simplicity of pushing a lawn mower and
the beautiful results that follow.
What activities do you
enjoy as a family?
Family activities can be tough to plan
when you have teenagers. My wife,
Yolanda, is an entrepreneur with two
businesses, and we have an 18-year-old
son, Landon, in college and a 13-yearold daughter, Nalana. However, when
the opportunity presents itself, you can
find me heading to the movies with my
daughter or on some adventurous trip
with the family like, skiing, whitewater
rafting or hang gliding to name a few.
What do you see
for the future?
I'm very excited about the future of
FDS. We are transforming the company
to meet the needs of our customers
and exceed their expectations. We
are making investments in our people
and capital as well as redefining
our processes in order to deliver
quality products and solutions to the
To learn more about Flight Display
Systems, visit flightdisplay.com.