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Employee Spotlight: Richard (Rick) Houston

This month we shine our headlights on Rick Houston, a Senior Store Keeper for Fleet Services. Rick has worked for Facilities Management at Fleet Services for four and a half years. Before coming to the university and Facilities Management, Rick worked for the Harley Davidson shop in Vacaville. When it was time for a change in employment, he knew that the university was a great place to work. He had friends and family here, so he began looking at what the university had open.    

Rick’s duties include issuing the parts to work orders, ordering parts, cutting and programming keys, and keeping the parts stocked and organized, as well as picking up needed parts. Rick says that Fleet did not slow down during the pandemic. They kept busy. When asked how he likes working for Fleet Services and the University, he stated that he appreciates the opportunities that are available. 

Rick’s supervisor Dale Huey had this to say, “If I were running a retail parts operation, Rick would fit the bill for Assistant Parts Manager or running a wholesale division. He has lots of common sense; he is mechanically inclined and adept at customer service. Rick focuses on performing a quality customer experience for the campus fleet operation. Rick has expressed his desire to advance his career here at UC Davis and has been instrumental in rolling out Fleet Service’s swing project, that is expanding service operation convenience to our customers.”   

Rick says that his favorite part of the job is the people and learning new things. He said the challenge he faces in his position is finding that obsolete parts at times can be difficult. Rick also noted that the golf tournaments are the best. If you find Rick during his off-hours, it looks like it will be outside as his hobbies include camping, fishing, and hunting. You will also find him out on the golf course with his wife Amanda, who got him into the sport. Great people like Rick make Fleet Services and Facilities Management look great to our campus customers.   

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