In this month's Vanguard Spotlight, we're pleased to introduce Shane Sehgal, an R&D Engineer on our Oregon team. Shane is a recent Oregon State University graduate, and an ultra-adventurous outdoor enthusiast. Here are a few highlights from our recent conversation..
What led you to this career path?
I don’t know if I can point to one thing that brought me to where I am. Just a perfect storm of the right place, time, and most importantly the right company.
What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learned since starting in this industry?
The most incredible thing I have been told since starting in the industry is that we are the fastest growing industry of all time. The world has been waiting for this medicine and it is incredible to be a part of this type of boom while it is happening.
Share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?
Within the first month of starting here at VSS, we had our corporate summit. At the end of the second day, we had a company dinner. I ordered a flatbread pizza which was good, but one of the other guys, George, who was across from me, ordered a steak, by far the biggest missed steak. Oh, biggest MISTAKE, well that pun was bad, so it's pretty high up there.
What most excites you about your role in this industry? What most concerns you about the cannabis industry?
The thing that excites me the most is the timing. The industry is still young and to be here and watch it grow is going to be incredible to be a part of. It is hard to pin concerns; I have only been here for a short time. The thing I see that worries me is poor manufacturing practices and sending harmful substances to the masses.
Is there someone you’re especially grateful to for who and where you are today and why are you grateful for that person?
I have so many people to thank from friends, family, and professors, but my mom has done more than anyone else by far. I absolutely believe that nearly every good trait I have comes from her.
If you could speak to yourself 5 years ago, what advice would you give yourself?
TAKE MORE RISKS!! One of two things happens whenever you take a risk, either it works out well or you end up with a story to tell your friends. My biggest regrets have been the things I never did.
What resources have you found most helpful in educating yourself in this industry? Books, classes, people, Instagram accounts, anything!
The people around me have been some of the best resources. Everyone has a unique take or set of skills and knowledge. Along with that, reading scientific papers helps build a solid knowledge base.
What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about starting into this industry or someone who is just getting their foot in the door?
Reach out to people you want to learn from. Talking to people is the best way to get educated. Just come prepared with questions and conduct yourself professionally.
What is the best way our readers can contact you if they have any questions?
LinkedIn would be a great way to reach me, feel free to connect with me!