I’m Willie the Seeing Eye Dog. I help Software Development Manager Ed Summers get around SAS Corporate Headquarters without breaking his neck. The editors at SAS provided these questions for me to answer so you can learn more about what I do.
What would SAS customers be surprised to learn about the job you perform?
I go everywhere Ed goes. That includes planes, trains, taxis, restaurants, Disney World, camping, hiking and sailing. We’re a team and we stick together!
What’s the most interesting part of your job?
I love conferences! Ed goes to conferences for blind guys. That means there are lots of other Seeing Eye Dogs. When the blind guys aren’t paying attention we get to sniff one another and swap war stories. It’s a real blast!
What aspect of your job do you like best?
I love lunch. Sometimes, I find little pieces of food on the floor in the cafeteria and I can grab them quickly before the blind guy catches me. If you see me do it, please don’t blow my cover.
Because of what I do, SAS . . .
... doesn't have to spend as much money cleaning the floors in the cafeterias.
Which one of the company’s five core values is most important in the work that you do?
Well, it is definitely not Approachable. I’m a Seeing Eye Dog and you’re not supposed to pet me when I’m working. I think Swift and Agile would be a good fit because Ed loves to move fast. However, I think Trustworthy is the best fit for me because my primary job is to keep Ed safe.
We were hanging out at the pool at SAS Global Forum a few weeks ago and someone spilled a Mai Tai under the chair beside me. Oh boy, that was yummy. Don’t tell the blind guy about that.
Talk about how a SAS colleague or mentor has influenced your career.
Well, I don’t have many mentors here at SAS. The sheep working at the SAS solar farm are downright uninspiring and I haven’t seen the cows for years. I did see “Big Bird” on campus last year. I’m sure he has lots of great ideas, but none of them made any sense to me.
What is your fantasy job?
I would go take care of those sheep. They’re always dispersed across the field. I don’t know why, but that really gets under my skin. I think they should be in a nice neat little group. That would look a lot better.
What’s the best thing about working at SAS?
The best thing about working at SAS is all my adoring fans – especially the kids in the preschool here at SAS. Every time I walk by they line up at the fence and call my name. It makes me feel like a superstar. I love that!
Who would you like to see featured next on this blog?
I want to hear from the sheep.