What drove your decision to
I worked in the Ohio Operations facility prior to it becoming a
part of the Glatfelter Specialty Papers Division. The size of the
facility offered a variety of career opportunities, which
encompassed almost all fields of science and engineering. When
comparing opportunities, I found Chillicothe to be an attractive
community due to its rich history and small town feel. Even today,
it is a great location to raise a family and is centrally located to
several metropolitan areas.
What was your first position
with Glatfelter? Describe the additional opportunities you’ve
experienced during your tenure.
I began my career with the company as a research scientist. I
specialized in paper machine chemistry and traveled to various
locations to help troubleshoot issues. After a couple years, I took
a position in the Chillicothe mill as a process engineer. My
responsibilities expanded as I began managing process engineers in
my area, and this role grew into managing process engineers across
the entire mill. Currently, I manage 4 departments, which include
process engineering, process control, quality assurance, and new
What has been your most
rewarding career moment at Glatfelter?
Probably don’t have just one.
What is your primary
responsibility within Glatfelter’s operations?
I currently manage the Technology Group for the Ohio Operation,
which includes process engineering, process control, quality
assurance, and new product development. These groups support the
business by improving efficiencies, managing input costs, and
developing new product lines.
Tell us about an exciting or
challenging project you have worked on at Glatfelter.
I have worked on many complex projects and problems over the
years. However, one of the most challenging was when we made the
decision to vastly expand our gradeline offerings as result of a
quickly changing marketplace. This put a huge strain on the
Technology Group and stretched the operation unlike anything prior.
In the end, we were able to put new processes and products in place
that allowed us to keep manufacturing lines full and profitable in a
What are the key skills and
competencies required in your current role?
Teamwork, technical proficiency, problem solving, communication,
results orientation, and continuous improvement are required to be
successful in Technology roles. Each new project creates the
opportunity to develop and use a variety of these skills.
What advice would you give to
someone considering employment with Glatfelter?
To be successful in Glatfelter, they need to try to live out the
Core Values. I would also suggest that they will need to embrace and
lead change that drives improvements with a sense of urgency that
comes from the competitive market and long-term issues facing our
What differentiates Glatfelter
from other companies that you could work for? What makes Glatfelter
Glatfelter has high expectations for performance and does not
settle for mediocrity. Glatfelter has the unique ability to be
flexible is an ever changing marketplace. There are very few
barriers to getting things accomplished that have a significant
impact on the business. Management is more results focused that any
company that I’ve been a part of.
Can you talk about a time that
you saw one or more of our Core Values displayed?
During the recent recession, Glatfelter demonstrated Financial
Discipline by focusing on their core businesses while maintaining
Customer Focus with regards to the products they make. This resulted
in improved profitability for the Division in a time when other
paper companies were reporting negative earnings.
On a more personal level, Glatfelter displayed Social Responsibility
as they took a leadership role in challenging our local business
community to support a new education curriculum at one of our local
elementary schools. The curriculum is based on Steve Covey’s 7
Habits of Leadership, which teaches children how to be effective
leaders in all aspects of their lives. Without Glatfelter’s support,
this program would have not likely been launched.
How do you strike a good
work/life balance? Does the company help you do this?
There are many opportunities as a part of our Wellness Programs,
in which the company encourages employees to take care of themselves
and their families. They realize that a healthy mind, body, and
spirit will make for a happier, well-adjusted employee. Furthermore,
understanding that your personal life and work life sometimes
overlap, the company encourages various education and continuous
training opportunities to help you grow as an individual.