Fresh from college, I started my career as a Regional Manager for Stanley Hydraulic Tools. This experience helped develop territory sales instincts and led to selling machine tool coolant and eventually pumps. Through an acquaintance, I met Bruce Beutler, then co-owner of Great Lakes Pump, whose specialty was in the automotive pumping arena. Mentored by Bruce, Jim Bush and Les Smith, long-time EVP at Gusher Pumps, my career flourished. I had found my home.
I cherish the long-standing allegiance and cooperation between the staff at Great Lakes Pump, a sort of Band of Brothers and Sisters. The most difficult becomes almost routine with the backing and ingenuity of our staff in creating thoughtful solutions that never try to cheat physics. Collectively, we solve problems where others see mine fields. For example, we are now in the process of introducing a run-dry seal that really works. In the pump world, that is unbelievable.
I will never forget some of the facilities and operations I have had the pleasure to visit during my career from Copper Mines, Strategic Air Force Bases, quarries and the many, many automotive plants. Further, I will never forget how technologies have advanced in our world we serve. Plant automation is very deep and wide and we will continue to provide components that are at the heart of these operations. I am blessed to have the opportunity to meet so many great people and solve so many challenging problems.