Meet George Vassilas, General Manager at Select Medical Connections
Most of you may recognize him from your emails! George started with us in February 2021 and has been instrumental in the day-to-day functions of Select. As a General Manager, he works with the President of Select Medical Connections, Melanie, to ensure the operations of the company run smoothly and efficiently. It means he works with a great group of Career Consultants, Admin Partners and Payroll Administrators!
We sat down with George and got to know him on a more personal level. We thought you might be interested in what he had to say:
Q: What made you interested in working here?
A: I enjoy new challenges, and this role brings that. As I researched the role and the company, I was struck by how much a small company like Select has accomplished in 22 years. A national scope, a remarkable internal team 💁, a wonderful list of clients 🏥 and of course amazing nurses who provide much needed care for Canadians. 👨
Q: What is your background in recruiting?
A: I started in recruiting in 2005 back in Montréal. It was something that I fell into really. I started off running my own 360 desk (sales, recruiting and placements) and stayed with that firm in multiple roles up to 2016. I enjoy the recruiting industry because of the positive impact that you can have on candidates lives.
Q: What has been your favourite part of working here so far?
A: The people; and I mean both the team I see and work with daily as well as the amazing nurses that we place and the clients that we help. ️
Q: What is the best lesson you’ve learned from your career so far?
A: Listening is a skill. As someone who is naturally outgoing and leaning on the sales side, it is sometimes hard to stop talking. However, when we stop and listen to the concerns of candidates and clients, we will always understand more. ️
Q: What’s a fun fact about you many people may not know?
A: I have 2 ✌. (1) In 2020, I was a candidate for the BC Provincial Elections in the safest NDP riding in BC. I was not the NDP candidate. (2) I have been heavily involved with a nonprofit for many years including Chairman of their foundation for 8 and Canadian President for 3. 🎉
Q: What do you like doing when you’re not working?
A: I love playing hockey 🏒, but with covid, the opportunities were gone. Traveling is something I also love, but again, covid has not allowed it. Here’s to 2022! 🤞
Q: What’s something you can’t live without?
Q: What’s a quote you live by?
A: “A society grows great when old men plant trees in whose shade they know they shall never sit.” For me this means to always strive to improve things around you for future generations. It is something that my father instilled in me from a young age. 🌱
Select Medical Connections is privileged to have George join our work family. We have already witnessed the positive impact that he has had on the company in such a short amount of time, and we can’t wait to see what else is in store for the future! Welcome to the fam jam!
P.S. Congrats to George’s son, Nicholas, on graduating Pre-K! 🎓 Way to go little man!