What do you do if you have thought of
everything and then all of a sudden, almost without warning the entire
universe comes crashing down around you?
If the choice is sink or swim and you are
Ukrainian Vitaliy Smilianets, the CEO, founder and creator of Awery Aviation
Software (2007), you put your head down, pivot and continue to move forward,
but don’t quit.
The unspeakable horror inflicted by Russia
upon Vitaliy’s homeland of Ukraine has been met with courage and
daring, admired all over the world.
The suffering and sacrifice is overwhelming.
But there sitting in a chair in front of
a room full of suits Wednesday March 23 at 12:15 pm (PST) on a panel in
a San Francisco Hotel at The International Air Cargo Association TIACA
Executive Summit was Vitaliy.
He looks a bit unassuming, as techies go,
like the thousands who live in and around this part of the world known
as action central for the global IT industry.
When things were calm and predictable, Vitaliy
founded his company Awery Aviation Software that he describes as "complete
integrated web-based, extremely flexible and customizable platform that
manages main aviation business processes & increasing productivity,
reliability, and efficiency” for Cargo Airlines, GSSAs, Handling
Agents and others.
Now with all-hell breaking loose at home,
Vitaliy chooses to press ahead, relocate and continue.
Close your eyes and imagine as you arrive
at the office, Starbucks in hand, the first thing you do today is evacuate
most of your staff out of the danger zones and then put in a call looking
to help Ukrainians by employing displaced IT workers at your branch offices
Who can do that?
In a world that has shut down over and over
during the past few years how does Vitaliy come up for air?
What Makes Vitaliy Run? Why not ask him