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What did you do prior to ATG and how did that prepare you for your current role?

My training was in finance, but I quickly moved into manufacturing and specifically into materials where I demonstrated a knack for problem-solving and an ability to improve delivery performance and inventory turns. From there I accepted a quality leadership role that offered me the opportunity to meet Dr. W. Edwards Deming, the American statistician who taught businesses to improve product design and manufacturing through the application of statistical methods. He was a tremendous leader and spoke directly to me about how to understand and control variation.

Is there a person who inspired you early in your career and what leadership lessons did you learn?

When I was a freshman and sophomore in college, one of the boosters of the basketball team was the president of a meat company that sold to restaurants. He took us to his factory and to meet with his customers. I was just so impressed by the way he commanded the room and how he positively impacted the lives of the people around him. It made me think more about what it means to be in business, which up until that point was more of a general concept to me.

What are some of the company’s best kept secrets?

Many people understand only a fraction of what we do, but our brands have many claims to fame. The Armstrong® brand was tapped by the U.S. Military to make new General Mechanics Tool Kits for use on military vehicles and equipment. Our Wiss® snips were introduced more than 75 years ago and remain the top cutting tool among sheet metal workers and HVAC pros. Crescent® introduced the very first adjustable wrench – now a ubiquitous tool – more than 100 years ago.

Which Apex Tool Group brands make you the most proud?

I’m proud of the commitment to innovation coming from all our 36 brands. On the hand tool side of our business, we have SATA®, which is the hands-down market leader in China. GearWrench® shook up the North American automotive hand tool business with the introduction of the 5º ratcheting wrench in 1996 and never stopped innovating. In power tools, our Cleco® brand has taken a technological approach to assembly lines by building intelligence into the tools, and as a result created solutions that deliver real improvements in productivity.

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