Team Profile: Jean-Louis Gomes


Quick Facts

Position: Southeast Sales Manager 

Based out of: Fayetteville, North Carolina

Time with Western Shelter: 10 years


Tell us about your career before joining Western Shelter?

I Served in the United States Army, 82nd Airborne, 2/325 Parachute Infantry Regiment, and as a Combat Medic at Fort Bragg.

I continued my education in the medical field and started my career as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) at Fort Bragg in 1987, and became a Paramedic in 1994. In 1996 I became the Director of EMS and held that positions for over 12 years.


What brought you to Western Shelter?

After the horrific events of 9/11, I felt compelled to do something. I joined the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS), and Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) in 2002 and that was when I was introduced to Western Shelters. Around 2004 our state started to implement a State Medical Assistance Team (SMAT). They were looking for instructors to help train individuals, so I volunteered in that effort. In 2005 our teams were tested, and it was clear that we needed shelter. Western Shelter was in the forefront, as they had already established themselves as the leader in providing shelters to Department of Forestry, FEMA (US&R), and Department of Health and Human Services (DMAT). Western Shelter became the standard for all the SMATs in North Carolina. After the receipt of our MERTs (M8) in 2007, training was conduct for SMAT members all over the state. It was then that I encountered employees of Western Shelter, during that training I was selected to become an adjunct trainer for Western Shelter. Later in that year I was offered a position with Western Shelter, which I had initially turned down. I continued to work for Western Shelter as an adjunct trainer. In 2008 I was again approached with a job offer. I flew out to Eugene Oregon to meet with the owners, management and the staff at Western Shelter. I was already sold on the Western Shelter products and now I had fallen in love with the people. Upon my return home I decided to retire from a job I loved and took a risk and joined the Western Shelter Family. 


What is your favorite part of working for Western Shelter?

Working with a group of people that take pride in their work. Meeting and interacting with our customers. Being able to help our customers find solutions. The commitment that Western Shelter has to customer service. 

What motivates you?

Helping people, my whole career/life has been dedicated to civil service. 


Finish this sentence: on Sunday mornings, you can usually find me... Church, spending time with my family, relaxing and just enjoying life.  

Name three things on your bucket list.

1)  Vacation in Hawaii
2)  Tour Europe
3)  Purchase a Two-Seater Car 


What do you like to do in your free time?

Spend time with family, go to the beach, work on the house, build things, and Cycle. 

What accomplishments in your life are the most important to you?

Making my parents proud, being with my wife for over 30 years, providing for my family, being a role model to my children and being a Grandfather, and serving those in need. 

Any other fun facts that you would like to pass on?

  • I was born in Dakar Senegal, West Africa
  • I live in North Carolina
  • I am a Polyglot, English is my fourth language. Speak French, Cape Verdean Creole
  • I come from a very large family
  • I have four children, two boys and two girls. Am a Grandfather of two Granddaughters
  • I have run several marathons (in my younger days)
  • I am a DJ, Love all kinds of Music
  • I Love to Dance
  • I Love woodworking
  • I Love cycling
  • I have visited 42 of the 50 States
  • I coached Peewee Football
  • I Had my Picture taken with George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush.