Sports has always been a cornerstone in my life. Looking back, some of my fondest childhood memories centered around sports. My father and grandfather taught me how to play basketball, baseball, football and golf. They also taught me about the importance of team work and dedication, and that practice can elevate your performance. Through the years, I have always made an effort to incorporate these qualities into every part of my personal and professional life. To me, a successful team member needs to work both harder and smarter than the competition.
In my life, the desire to be a part of a winning team has always been a motivating driver. Joining the company in 1984, straight out of college, I was blessed with positive lessons in life and career, as my family and I relocated six times for new opportunities within the company.
In 2000, we moved to Gastonia, North Carolina to lead Wix Filtration. Little did I know that my life would be forever changed. After a short time, I knew that I was home. The family and culture of Wix-Filtron consists of folks who are committed to the success of our company, our brands and each other. They are the winning team that I had been searching for. I am proud to be a part of this filtration family and share my life with the committed, genuine people that make up our team.
Now, as part of MANN+HUMMEL, that same feeling of being part of a winning team is inspiring me. Spending the past eight months working closely with MANN+HUMMEL, I can clearly see the values that make a remarkable team: Focus, Integrity, Leadership, Teamwork, Excellence, and Respect, to name a few.
These are the same qualities that my grandfather and father instilled in me as a young athlete decades ago. I believe they resonate so well with me because they describe the people and power behind our brands that we so fiercely believe in. Combining the strengths of MANN+HUMMEL and Wix-Filtron, we are an all-star team, 20,000 people strong.
Together, we have an unstoppable passion for filtration, a devoted leadership team and a sense of pride for our business that spurs us to new heights. But for me, it’s even more than being a filtration powerhouse.
For me, it feels like home.