If you follow Stratos on social media, you have likely noticed we share a meaningful quote each Monday. These quotes come from our managers’ meetings. Our management team is required to bring a quote that resonates with them to the weekly gathering. Each person reads their quote aloud and is ready to explain why they chose it. While many of the quotes managers recite bring about thought-provoking questions and meaningful group discussion, one that Sales Director Chris Vitullo shared recently stopped us all in our tracks. 


“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out and loudly proclaiming, ‘Wow! What a ride!’” – American journalist Hunter S. Thompson 

This quote inspires Chris in his personal and professional life. In his daily routine, Chris makes space for gratitude. Beginning the day with a positive attitude brings tremendous advantages and opportunities his way and helps him give his all. 

“Each day is a gift, you can just treat it as another day or embrace it with purpose,” said Chris.

Chris made the decision to sign up as a volunteer firefighter when he was just a senior in high school. For nearly two decades, he found himself running into fires when everyone else was running out. Chris felt comfortable doing so because he had the proper tools and training to tackle these risky situations head on. The same can be said for Chris in his current professional life. He is never one to run from a challenge, and at Stratos he is armed with the right tools and training to achieve his goals. This mindset helps him to view obstacles as opportunities.


“You don’t have to reinvent the wheel, maybe just paint it a different color,” said Chris.

Chris isn’t afraid to step outside his comfort zone. He looks for out-of-the-box solutions, like trying new technologies when communicating with prospects and existing customers, for example. He knows that staying comfortable will not help him achieve big goals. Like the quote said, Chris wants to meet his maker “in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out and loudly proclaiming, ‘Wow! What a ride!’”

We are grateful to have someone like Chris with such a positive attitude, grit and determination on our team. What inspires you to give each day your all?

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