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Shaun Trudell, Automation Arts

IB’s Professional of the Week is the premier way to meet Dane County’s professionals. This week features Shaun Trudell, president, Automation Arts.

What are the most challenging and rewarding aspects of your job and why?

Finding the right team members for our growing staff. We view our people as our most important asset, so making sure we are hiring the right people with the right attitude and drive to match our culture is important. I am constantly interviewing, looking from within, and networking to find the right candidates for the next piece of the puzzle.

Who do you look up to or admire in business and why?

Steve Bablitch. He has been very successful in his career, and he takes time to give back and mentor young professionals in their careers.

What has been the high point of your career so far?

Being promoted to president and an owner of Automation Arts. When I started, we had five employees, and now we have grown to 43 with two locations in Madison, and Milwaukee.

Thinking back on your career, what advice would you give your 21-year-old self?

Don’t listen to the people who tell you that you can’t do something. Their thinking is small!

What would you say are the best things about living and working in Dane County?

Dane County is the perfect mix of city-country life. I live far enough out that I feel like I’m in the country, but I can be to downtown Madison in 20 minutes and enjoying all the fun things Madison has to offer!

Do you have any secret talents or abilities that people would be surprised to discover?

I played bass guitar in a blues-rock band for almost 10 years, and never picked up an instrument until I was 20 years old in college.

What are your guilty pleasures?

Fireworks. I enjoy putting on a Fourth of July show for friends and family, and everything is controlled with a remote system. I just need to work on the music now!

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