William “Stan” Best has lived in Chesapeake all of his life. He is a third-generation shipbuilder who joined the company November 1985. He and his wife of 34 years, Cheryl Best, have two grown children (one who is an apprentice) and two grandchildren.
Mr. Best came to Newport News Shipbuilding as an X31 Apprentice. He graduated from The Apprentice School in 1988 and was the recipient of the Charles F. Bailey and the G. Guy Via Academic Awards. After his apprenticeship, he transferred to the nuclear test department where he became a Shift Test Engineer. Mr. Best worked as a test engineer through the FY90 Enterprise RCOH, the FY95 Eisenhower COH, the FY97 Roosevelt EDSRA, and the FY01 Eisenhower RCOH. While testing reactors he obtained an associate’s degree from Thomas Nelson Community College, a bachelor’s degree from St. Leo University, and an MBA from Troy State University. In 2016 he completed his second Master’s degree in Theology from St. Leo University.
Mr. Best began teaching at The Apprentice School in November 2004. He currently teaches business and communication classes. As a Training Manager, he is also responsible for the business, computer, and communications taught in The Apprentice School. The advanced students usually have him for their Public Speaking class. When not teaching at The Apprentice School, he enjoys teaching and leading Bible studies at Chesapeake’s Hickory United Methodist Church.
When Mr. Best came to The Apprentice School in 1985, he was hoping to learn a trade, start a career, and continue his education. For him, The Apprentice School and Newport News Shipbuilding have surpassed his initial expectations. For these reasons, Mr. Best wanted to return to the Apprentice School and give back just a little of what he has received in his many years at the shipyard.
Hosts Peter Cappelli and Dan O’Meara are joined by Jeff Kreisler (Editor In Chief, PeopleScience), Stan Best (Training Manager, Apprentice School, Newport News Shipbuilding), and Debbie Bolla (Editorial Director & Editor-in-Chief, HRO Today) on the Thursday, June 6, 2019 edition of In the Workplace.