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Employee Spotlight Series

Harold Pope

Senior Quality Manager
Southfield, Michigan

How long have you worked at Lear?

Five and a half years.

Why is it important to celebrate Black History Month?

It’s an opportunity to celebrate our past and look forward to our future. It’s a time to consider our rich culture and heritage and all that we have grown through. It's also a time to remember that there is still work to be done.

What do you love about working for Lear?

I love that I have a certain level of autonomy to properly execute my job while receiving a perfect mix of management support and leadership. My job assignments are clear, and I have the tools I need to succeed. I also provide feedback to my leadership if I find we are lacking certain tools to get the job done. I have every expectation that I will receive their support. The company is always growing and adding new tools and equipment to improve my job and my performance.

How has your background prepared you for your current job?

Being a military veteran has truly prepared me for this and any job that I have ever had. I was all of 20 years old when I received my commission in the U.S.Army. The very first thing I had to do after the commission was to obtain a top-secret security clearance. My first assignment was called paradise: the25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. The Division was called “Lightning Force” and the Military Intelligence Unit I was assigned to was called the “Eyes of Lightning.” I learned so much in what seemed to be milliseconds. Running 2-5 miles daily before the crack of dawn and then a full day’s work. I never expected it, but it didn’t take long to get accustomed to. Growing through all my military experiences has taught me to be nimble, a quick study, prepared for anything and to always grow.