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Jacoby Richards

Updated: Nov 27, 2023

"Authentic, Passionate, Strong Ethics"

Current Employer & Job Title: Auto Collision Repair Teacher Hometown: Chateaugay, NY Age:31 Education: Some college

Jacoby Richards wasn’t sure what he wanted to do when he grew up, but he always had a passion for vehicles and motors. That interest is the driving force behind his current career where he combines his considerable skills with an empathy for his students. His approach is to envision a goal and make it happen with sweat equity. Whatever he does, Richards wants it to be unique. He offers that same advice to his students and to other auto enthusiasts. No matter how daunting a new project may be, Richards will put in the work to make it happen, “What I say, I do,” is the standard he holds for himself.

How does company culture impact you and what do you do to contribute to your company culture? It’s all about a positive energy that rubs off on anyone. I believe I bring something to the table that is authentic.

Tell us about your community involvement. Most of my community involvement is preparing students to be in the workforce and have high expectations of themselves, again transferring that positive energy and authenticity.

What would you do if you have three hours off from work and could not go home? The work never stops. I have a passion to build and work on anything with a motor to make it a part of myself.

What attracts you to your peer group? Hard worth ethic, humble but taking pride, authenticity.

What strategies do you use to approach the day? Do my best, achieve one thing that moves me forward or someone else forward, positive attitude and have a willingness to learn something, anything!

What is something that no one would guess about you? I don’t like flying.

What important lesson have you learned in your career? Be patient.

What is the biggest risk you have ever taken? At this point in my life, I think the biggest risk yet was coming to work for CV-TEC as a teacher.

How can the North Country improve its Gen IQ*? (Gen IQ defined as an ability to lead, market to or innovate with multi-generational workplaces and marketplaces) Supplying more local opportunities, whether that means activities or growing in technology and growing as a community. Keeping people in the area as they grow older by having a wide variety of different jobs and businesses.

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