Questions & Answers
When did you join IMET?
I joined IMET Alloys when the company was founded in 2011.
Prior to joining IMET Alloys, I worked at Caledonian Alloys for seven years as operations manager for the facility in Monroe, NC and I also managed facilities located in Massachusetts and California. Prior to that I spent 20 years at ATI, a global leader in aerospace metals. I worked mostly in production planning which involved inventory management, plant scheduling, delivery quotations, project management and data analysis.
What do you do here? What is your main responsibility?
As VP of Operations my responsibility is to oversee day-to-day operations and to support company growth. I am responsible for hiring shop floor personnel, developing procedures, employee training, safety management, and purchasing.
What do you need to be good at to do your job well? What particular skills and knowledge do you have?
In my job it is important to be able to work on multiple projects, to expect the unexpected and to respond accordingly. For me, it is important to remain in touch with what is happening on the shop floor to ensure that we’re working effectively and efficiently to maximize our output.
My previous work experience in the metals industry has been invaluable. Having been trained extensively over the years in the importance of quality, I’ve learned there’s no short-cuts and we must always meet or exceed our customers’ expectations to succeed in this business.
What problems do you need to overcome as part of your work?
Each day is a challenge and no two days are the same. In manufacturing, things would be easier if everything was predictable and no machinery ever broke down and there were no variations in our processes. Of course, that will never be the case. Workloads with fluctuate, machinery will continue to need maintenance, even employee performance will vary from day to day. My challenge is to make the shop run smoothly, predictably, and reliably on an ongoing basis.
How do you know when your work has gone well?
First and foremost is safety. Our most important operations metric is our safety record. Our ongoing goal is zero accidents. If no one gets injured on the job we’re meeting our most important objective. Secondly, quality is an absolute requirement; when we’re meeting or exceeding our customers’ expectations we’re doing our job right.
What do you enjoy most about your job and working in this industry?
I enjoy the interaction with the employees on the shop floor. I take pleasure in mentoring employees on the shop floor, trying to establish teamwork and accountability. I enjoy helping them along in their professional life and in their personal life. Secondly, I enjoy the challenges presented by our rapid growth.
What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
I enjoy spending time with my family.