What motivates you to wake up and go to work?
When you enjoy your work, that is all the motivation you need. Also, the people I work with are like an extension of my family.
What do you do at our company? Explain.
Design it, fix it, solve it. I make problems disappear!
What makes you wake up and come to work every day?
I love solving problems and actually seeing what I’ve accomplished each day with my hands.
What has been your favorite project (or aspect of your job) so far?
I love projects that I can design start to finish and really consider every angle and what would make the everyday function better for the employee. All projects have some area that can be improved from the previous design from a simple set of stairs for better operator access or more complex heating and electrical design for a new steam heated Hot Room.
Apart from your work, what are some side projects or hobbies you have outside of the office?
It would probably be better to ask me what I don’t do outside of work. I love to garden, cook, grill, charcuterie, canning, pickling, smoking, dehydrating, make knives, hike, eat with family and friends. I work on cars, tractors and farm implements, and always have house projects where I’m making something.
What’s something most people don’t know about you?
I designed and built my own house. It took two years, but I learned a lot and would even do it again.
What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Did you take it?
I was once told never to tell someone else to something that I was not willing to do myself. That is a motto that I have tried to live by anytime I am in a management position.
Location: Fountain Inn, South Carolina
Years tenured: 20+ years