Title: Point-of-Purchase Applications Engineer
Home town: (Originally from where?) Allentown, Pennsylvania
Educational credentials: BS, Business Administration, Marketing concentration – Millersville University of Pennsylvania
When hired at Vulcan: June 2005
Why I chose Vulcan: From day one I saw the vision of Vulcan as an organization to be the leader and innovator in our industry with plans of growth into the future. To this day I still see the family-oriented atmosphere and care that Vulcan and my peers here have for one another. Vulcan conducts business the right way, caring for the best interest of our customers while advancing the quality of life for our employees.
Outside interests / hobbies: I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, relaxing with my cats, being in nature, outdoor activities, and being a fan of my partner’s at her women’s soccer matches. I am also very passionate about and enjoy playing in a men’s ice hockey league on a weekly basis. I am honored to lead the Lehigh Valley Whalers as team captain. I follow the Philadelphia Flyers on as many occasions as possible whether it is on the TV, radio, in person, or all three.
Philanthropic endeavors, if any: I am an Eagle Boy Scout and live as consciously as possible by the Scout Slogan, “Do a Good Turn Daily.” I donate to various causes throughout the year locally and nationally. One that I participate in yearly is the Yoplait Yogurt Save Lids to Save Lives program, which is in conjunction with the Susan G. Komen for the Cure to aid in the fight against breast cancer. By entering codes from used yogurt lids, a donation is made and matched by Yoplait.
A person who (or an event that) inspired you:I am inspired by many influences in my life. My biggest inspiration in everyday life comes from God, Jesus, my Mother, Father, Sister, Brother and Girlfriend.
I am inspired by two professional ice hockey players, Mark Recchi and Claude Giroux, both Philadelphia Flyers. Their work ethic, determination, leadership by example and their respect for the game and other players inspire me to be my best on the ice.
For an event, none greater in my mind than when the Philadelphia Flyers came back from a 3-0 series deficit to win 4 games in a row in the Stanley Cup Eastern Conference Semi-Finals against the Boston Bruins. I attended Game 4, the first game of the comeback, a 5-4 overtime win on May 7, 2010. The feeling, the belief, the overwhelming emotion is too much to explain unless you are a part of it. Truly amazing! Then watching the game 7 win on TV, to be losing 3-0 and to win 4-3 and complete the comeback was validation to me of what a group of individuals and supporters can do together in working toward a common goal. I will always believe!
In your opinion, what is the greatest engineering achievement of all time?Aside from the Computer and Internet, I am always impressed when I think back to where we have come in this world in regards to transportation. From foot travel and dugout canoes, to horseback, steam engines and locomotives, automobiles, trucks, airplanes, jetliners, boats and submarines, to space craft. These continued innovations have progressively made our lives more convenient and destinations more accessible in shorter amounts of time than ever before. Privately funded space travel is now real. My 20-mile ride to work would have been a day or two’s travels not that long ago.
In your opinion, what is the most over-looked (or under-credited) engineering achievement of all time? Beer, wine and spirit producing. Many people enjoy the fruits of the brewer’s labor every day. This equipment and these processes have been at the heart of not only America but the world for as long as they have been around and allowed. This is a pastime that has always created a livelihood for society and has produced products that have brought folks together since BC, creating a common ground for many sides of many fences. Though advancements have been made in the technology, the overall process is simple in nature, allowing it to be enjoyed by so many.
What car you’d drive, if money (or street laws) were no object. I would love to drive the DeLorean Time Machine-Batmobile hybrid vehicle. This way I can travel to different times and be equipped with the right tools to help others or escape danger.
Any story, fact or downright crazy tidbit you’d like to add? I am of Austrian-German decent and have lived in Pennsylvania my entire life.
I enjoy island living in the summer on the island of St. John, U.S.V.I., the most laidback place I’ve ever been.
I like history and learning about my roots, specifically the Civil War, and wish I could go back in time to just feel what it was like in the past.