You have taken the role as General Manager, can you tell us a little about what this means for MATBOCK?
MATBOCK is growing and establishing the role of General Manager is one step of this growth process. We’ve added other operation roles as well including a dedicated Materials Planner and additional sewers. All of this growth is sparked from our move into a larger facility and equipment modernization.
What is your background and how did you see that fitting into your current position?
After graduating from college, I served in the Navy for 11 years. Since leaving the military, my roles included operations leadership positions in automotive and aerospace manufacturing and supply chain management. Those experiences tie in well with what my role as GM at MATBOCK.
You had to relocate to Virginia Beach, how are you liking the area?
My family and I love it here, there are lots of things to keep us busy.
What gravitated you to MATBOCK?
After working at a few larger companies, I wanted to make the move to a smaller company that was more aligned with my values. We are a small, veteran-owned business that hand-makes products in Virginia Beach. The pride we take in our work is unlike anything I’ve experienced in other companies. The team here is great and everyone is all in.
Do you have prior Military experience? If so, can you tell us a bit about that?
I’ve served in the Navy for the past 18 years, 11 on Active Duty and the remainder as a Reservist.
Where are your current goals for MATBOCK and how do you plan to achieve those?
My goal is to set the standard for the industry and to make innovative, high quality products with a shorter lead time in a world-class manufacturing facility. To achieve that goal, we will build upon the solid foundation already in place and apply proven lean manufacturing techniques.
What do you like to do in your free time - passions, pursuits or things you enjoy when you are not in the office?
I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling, reading, working on cars, surfing, road cycling, and mountaineering.