When Maxwell Bryan was a kid growing up in the Virgin Islands, he would routinely travel to the outskirts of Atlanta to visit family.
“I used to come back and forth to see family as a kid,” Bryan said.
After graduating high school in the Virgin Islands, Bryan decided to make a permanent move to the U.S. after receiving a job offer near his family.
“I got a job opportunity that was paying pretty well so I relocated,” he said. “The job brought me here.”
Bryan would later hold supervisory positions at companies like John Deere and Georgia Ironworks.
“I’ve done a few different supervisor positions,” Bryan said. “I was a team lead at Georgia Ironworks – a technician there.”
Later, while working at a previous employer, Bryan received some bad news.
“I was laid off,” he said.
Bryan went to work – this time finding a job – and contacted a recruiter at APS about a job at a composites plant in the Aiken area.
The plant wasn’t hiring at the time, Bryan said, but APS worked with him to secure another position at Carolina CoverTech in North Augusta.
“I stayed there three or four months and then this position opened,” he said.
The position – a supervisor at an Aiken car manufacturing facility – was made known to Bryan by the APS recruitment team, who’d followed his journey and knew his interests and experience.
“They [APS] try to cater to you as an individual,” Bryan said. “It’s not like other places where they throw you in a job and if you don’t like it, well whatever. They consider people.”
Bryan was ultimately selected for the position, where he still works today.
“I plan to continue in manufacturing, and I’m in school right now trying to finish my degree,” he said.
Bryan is currently pursuing a degree in petroleum engineering from the University of North Dakota and expects to graduate in 2020.
When he isn’t at work or school, Bryan enjoys spending time with his girlfriend and two daughters aged one and three.
“It’s not just another job,” he said. “I now have a place I look forward to coming every day.”