Shaheem grew up with plans to be a firefighter, but later found that he enjoyed fanning the flames rather than putting them out. This passion to help others while also kindling new ideas led him to Cree. Though he started in R&D, his current position allows him to use both of his natural callings.
Because Shaheem supports multiple shifts across the Cree campus, his days start bright and early. As soon as the clock hits 5:30 AM, he hits the ground running, liaising between management and employees to explore opportunities that benefit workers and increase stakeholder value. He also moonlights on the internal Bright Ideas Team, whose role is to consider employee feedback and make proposals that would help make Cree an even better place to work.