Among SNA Displays’ core values is the concept of “people first.” Even though our tangible product offering is top-tier LED video display technology, our strongest collective asset is the people who work at SNA Displays day in and day out, the ones who make Dreams Live Digitally® a reality. As we continue our employee spotlight series, let’s learn little more about Anthony Hardimon.
Anthony is a field service and installation manager with SNA Displays. He is responsible for onsite installation management and various service and maintenance needs.
Where did you grow up? Do you have any favorite childhood memories you’d like to share?
I grew up in Chicago, Illinois, and one of my favorite memories growing up was participating in school plays when I was in 5th and 6th grade.
Do you have a personal motto or mantra?
“If you love something, set it free.” I remember reading that as a child, and it always resonated with me.
How do you like to spend your free time?
I have an old car that I’m restoring. I also like motorcycles and woodworking, and I spend a lot of time in the yard. I love the outdoors.
What’s an interesting fact most people don’t know about you?
When I was 22, I lived in Minneapolis and was one of Prince’s bodyguards. Another fact, not so fun, is that I was supposed to be on Pan Am Flight 103. I didn’t take the flight because my girlfriend dumped me over the phone.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten?
Don’t get swallowed up by the south side of Chicago.
What did you do professionally before joining SNA Displays?
I worked for the Arkansas Department of Transportation before coming to SNA Displays, but over the past 20 years, all I’ve really done is build LED screens.
What has been your favorite job (other than SNA of course) and why?
I used to install equipment for a company in Silicon Valley that makes wafer inspection systems. I worked in clean rooms and the work was very detailed. I got to spend a lot of time in Europe doing installations.
Experience at SNA Displays
What drew you to SNA Displays?
At the time of my interview, I had been out of the industry for about 2 years and was in the midst of some serious life changes. SNA Displays came along at the perfect time, and after I had my initial phone interview, it just felt right.
In your own words, how would you describe your current role?
In my current role, I’m charged with making sure the displays that bear the SNA Displays name are installed correctly and blow people away when they see them.
What is your typical workday like?
My workdays aren’t typical, and that’s what makes it so interesting. There are different challenges all the time.
What do you like most about your job?
My co-workers. I’ve never worked anywhere and felt the camaraderie that we have here. It’s kind of weird, actually.
If you could switch jobs for a day with anyone else at SNA Displays, whose job would you want and why?
Dennis Hickey. I’d like to see what running things feels like.
Looking to the Future
Where is SNA Displays and/or the industry headed in the next 10 years?
What advice would you give a prospective SNA Displays employee in your field?
I’d tell them that this is the place for problem solvers and people who get things done.
Anything else you’d like to share?
I started working on LED screens in Times Square around 2001. That’s when 23mm was badass. Now look where it’s come. I can’t believe some of the displays that not only we’re doing but that are out there. This has been one of the most fun and interesting things I’ve been a part of and I’m not ready to slow down a bit.