Logical-R Employee Spotlight on Kevin Moyles

Kevin Moyles

Logical-R employee Kevin Moyles works at Ames Research Center on the Financial Support Services (FSS) contract.  He has been working on his professional development by completing two professional certifications and has gone back to school to work on his MBA.  I interviewed Kevin to find out what these major achievements entailed and gather his thoughts on their benefits in his career.

Q:  What is your title, and what responsibilities do you have in your job function?

A:  I am a Senior Cost Analyst at Ames.  I do Re-entry technology financial resource support for the Re-entry Technology Division (TS). We have 8-9 Project Managers directly managing budget execution.  I also do Reimbursable Agreements and Partnership Agreements.  I develop division rates – what we charge NASA customers, both outside and inside.  These rates are what we charge divisions for the use of our labs, WYEs, and FTEs.  I also develop the division assessment rate, which is like a tax to use our employees.

Q:  How long have you been doing this work?

A:  I have been at my current job for a little over 2 years, and I have been at Ames a little over 3 years.

Q:  What certifications and courses have you been working on or have received?

A:  I did the Certified Managerial Account (CMA) Certification about a year ago.  This certification is over cost accounting and corporate financial management – dividends, stock value, and things like that.

In April, I started the certification in Strategy and Competitive Analysis, which I took the final exam on September 7.  Dr. Hubert Glover recommended this certification because I had received the CMA cert.

On August 26, I started working towards my MBA as well.  So, between August 26 and September 7, I was working on both the strategy certification and the MBA, which was a little hectic.  However, the MBA is only one class at a time each 8 weeks.  They are condensed courses, but at least they are only 8 weeks each.  Luckily my first class was an Excel class, which helped ease me into the workload.

Q:  Speaking of workload, my next question was on how that has been.  How has going for these certifications and the MBA been with a full-time job?

A:  A few things you should know about me is I have two toddlers at home, and I commute about 62 miles to work.

The culture at NASA is very conducive to all this.  We have flexible schedules, work/life balance is very important here, and we have every other Friday off.  All of that makes something like this possible.  It probably wouldn’t be as feasible at other companies most likely.

Q:  What made you decide to get these certifications and the MBA?

A:  My personal philosophy is to consistently improve both professionally and spiritually.  Professional development is important to continually grow stronger.  When I got hired, the first cert and the MBA were already planned.  Hubert made the offer that Logical-R would help pay for the program, which propelled me to get the first cert, which then probably propelled the MBA.  Then he suggested the second cert.  By then, all of this was already a habit.

Q:  What kind of work does it take to get these certs and an MBA?

A:  The certs are kind of work at your own pace.  You get the books and have online resources, and then you schedule your exams whenever you are ready.  The CMA cert had two exams – Cost Accounting and Financial Management.  The exams are multiple choice and essay.

The MBA is one course every 8 weeks.  With the CMA cert, I was well ahead of schedule working toward the exams.  However, with the MBA, there is work due every 3 to 4 days.  I felt overwhelmed for the first week or two, but I kept working and dealing with it, and it was fine.

Q:  Have you noticed that these certs have helped in your job?

A:  Yes, absolutely.  It is making me an incredibly better employee, making me more strategic, more analytical, more thoughtful with a better perspective.

There is definitely a technical overlap when developing rates for the division – indirect costs, direct costs, etc.  Some equations can be quantitatively confusing, and my ability to think about it has improved.

As an example: there is a standard labor rate, but the actual does not equal the standard rate.  You have variances such as different employees get paid different rates.  There can be variances in hours worked too.  I’m able to isolate these two variables, break them down and analyze them and figure out why they are different much quicker now.  My ability to figure out why it is not equaling comes much quicker.

Q:  Have your customers or supervisors noticed a difference in your work, or have they appreciated your efforts in your professional development?

A:  I think my customers and supervisors see that I am finding ways to make things better and find efficiencies.  They know that I am doing my MBA and trying to improve, and they value that.  They may not know exactly what certifications I have worked on, but they see I am looking for ways to improve and work on my professional development and make things stronger all the time.

I just want to say that this is great because I love talking about myself (laughs).

Q:  (Laughs) That’s good!  I’m glad we can give you a chance to talk about yourself.  Would you recommend other employees who will read this consider getting certifications or an MBA?

A:  I think anybody that has a strong accounting background and is working on budgeting and would like to bolster that background should consider it.  Maybe if they are in their 40s or 50s and in a senior position, then maybe not.  But anybody trying to move up in their career; it is worth it.

Q:  Do you have any advice for our readers?

A:  I would highly suggest always trying to bolster professional development.  These MBAs and certs are affordable and cost effective.  I highly suggest people do them.

Q:  Anything else you would like to say to our readers?

A:  I am very grateful for the support from Logical-R.  I owe a lot to Logical-R, and I am very grateful to the organization.

We at Logical Innovations would like to congratulate Kevin Moyles on his outstanding achievements and his ongoing endeavors in his professional development!  We appreciate all of the time and hard work necessary for these accomplishments, and we are grateful for his dedication to his growth!

-The Logical Blogger

Logical-R Employee Edith Peters Receives the Early Career Public Achievement Medal

Logical-R employee Edith Peters of Ames Research Center’s Financial Support Services contract has received the Early Career Public Achievement Medal.

Edith was selected for her hard work in support of her organization.  Her team speaks to her excellence as a mentor, her dedication to her work, and her consistent diligence on every task put before her.

We congratulate Edith for her well-earned award, and we look forward to seeing her accomplishments in the future!

Logical-R Employee Mary Luke Receives NASA’s Silver Achievement Medal

Logical-R employee Mary Luke of Ames Research Center’s Financial Support Services  contract has received NASA’s Silver Achievement Medal.

Mary has been with NASA for 17 years.  Her technical and administrative contributions have provided a solid foundation that helps support the organization.  Her willingness to adjust to change and tackle new problems as they arise also ensures that everything that comes her way is handled quickly.

We offer congratulations on a well-deserved award, and we thank her for all her work!

Logical Innovations, Inc.’s COMIT Team Receives EVA Office Team Award

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COMIT Exhibits Team and Graphic Designer Cynthia (Cindy) Bush with COMIT Supervisor Alysia (Aly) Lee and ERO Exhibits Manager John (Jack) Moore

Six Logical Innovations employees working on the Communications, Outreach, Multimedia, Information and Technology (COMIT) contract at NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) were awarded an Extra Vehicular Activity (EVA) Office Team Award for their exceptional work on an EVA spacesuit display which was unveiled at Hobby Airport on April 10, 2019. COMIT exhibits team members Austin Simon, Juan (JJ) Sanchez, Randy Gordon, Kevin Witte, Belinda Pulido and graphic designer Cynthia (Cindy) Bush designed, constructed, and installed the display for EVA Office personnel which compares the Space Shuttle Program-era EVA suit to the modern International Space Station EVA suit.

The Recognition of Excellence Award states, “In appreciation of your support and contribution to the EVA Office in the fabrication of a beautifully created display case for two EMU spacesuits.  Your professionalism and attention to detail will be admired by thousands of people traveling through Houston.”  The award includes an EVA patch that was flown on Space Shuttle Atlantis, STS-125, May 11 – 24, 2009.

This display case was re-purposed from a cancelled project, providing the EVA Office an opportunity for a unique display while saving budget.  After much effort working in coordination with both External Relations Office (ERO) and the EVA Office on potential locations, the team was able to secure a highly-trafficked space in Houston’s Hobby Airport through collaboration with the Houston Airport System.  The display now resides in the corridor between security and the two domestic terminals where it will help spread EVA and NASA messaging to thousands of travelers each year, showcasing Houston as “Space City.”

An awards presentation was held at the COMIT Exhibits Shop before the display left the facility for installation.  The event was attended by a large portion of EVA Office staff and COMIT staff, and the awards were personally presented by Chris Hansen, Chief of the EVA Office, who was very appreciative of the hard work and quality provided by our team.  Mr. Hansen also recognized Logical Innovations employee, Larry Friend, who helped kick off this effort but unfortunately passed before the project’s completion.

Logical Innovations would like to sincerely thank and congratulate our team members for their outstanding work.

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COMIT Exhibits Team

-The Logical Blogger

Logical Innovations, Inc. Named One of Houston’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For – 2019

From Logical Innovations’ President/CEO Denise Navarro – “Logical Innovations is honored to have been named by our employees as One of Houston’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For – 2019!  We also received the Elite Award for Work/Life Balance.  We are so grateful for our wonderful employees nationwide, and we continue to work hard to deserve this distinction!”

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-The Logical Blogger

Logical Innovations, Inc. President/CEO Denise Navarro Named the 2019 Houston District 8(a) Graduate of the Year by the Small Business Administration (SBA)

The SBA recognizes the small business elite during their annual awards ceremony.  This year, President/CEO of Logical Innovations Denise Navarro is named the 2019 8(a) Graduate of the Year.

There were 48 nominees in nine categories contending for these prestigious awards this year.  The 8(a) award was selected all state from Texas and went on to the SBA Region 6 competition which includes six districts in Texas along with Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, and New Mexico.

The Houston Small Business Awards Luncheon will be held at the Westin Galleria on May 8, 2019. The event will kick off at 9 a.m. with a workshop before the luncheon.  SBA Administrator, Linda McMahon, will visit from Washington, D.C. for a special appearance at the awards event. The emcee of the ceremony will be Bob Charlet, the president of the Houston Business Journal.  The keynote speaker will be Scott McLelland, the Chairman of the Greater Houston Partnership and president of H-E-B.

For more information about the event, visit www.houston.score.org or call SCORE at (713) 487-6565.

Congratulations to our President/CEO Denise Navarro!

-The Logical Blogger

 

Logical Innovations, Inc.’s President/CEO Denise Navarro and Dr. Estella Gillette to Participate in UHCL “Women in Space” Panel

The University of Houston-Clear Lake (UHCL) will hold a panel discussion called “Women in Space” as part of their ongoing speaker series for the Clear Lake Association of Senior Programs (CLASP).  CLASP is UHCL’s outreach initiative in which life-long learning is encouraged through a program of free monthly presentations that engage community members of all ages in a variety of topics.

The “Women in Space” panel will be comprised of five trailblazing women sharing their experiences, challenges, and successes working in the U.S. Space Program.  Logical Innovations President/CEO Denise Navarro will participate as one of the five panelists, and Logical Innovations’ Dr. Estella Gillette will moderate.

The panel will be held in UHCL’s Bayou Building Garden Room on Thursday, March 7 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. and is open to the public.  Free parking is available in the Visitors Lot.

We encourage you to attend and hear some interesting perspectives from the very successful and uniquely experienced panel.  Please click on the link below for more information.

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-The Logical Blogger