Title: Vice president/general manager
Company: GCP Industrial Products Ontario
Why he was selected: Praised for his technical knowledge and relationship building in both domestic and foreign manufacturing and sourcing.
How has working in the rubber industry broadened your view of the world?
The rubber supply chain is inherently global, and continues to become more so with new competition and markets surfacing on a regular basis. GCP's business is no exception. With manufacturing partners in more than eight countries, our products find their way into countless industries. As such, it's critical that we continuously strive to stay on top of both the short-term wants of our customers and the long-term trends that are shaping the future of our industry.
How did your company sell the rubber industry to you during the recruiting/hiring process?
Owner and CEO Gary Mottershead sold me on the growth potential the industry offered. Although the industry overall is not growing at a rapid pace, the pace of change is quick. Consolidation across our industry, new technologies, increased global competition/market opportunities and a wide array of challenging applications all contribute to a dynamic business environment that provides new avenues for growth. This struck me as an industry that I could learn from and grow with.
What advice do you have for students considering a career in the rubber industry?
The rubber industry is more interesting and dynamic than it might seem and the change is starting to accelerate. New, disruptive technologies like advanced materials, additive manufacturing, robotics and artificial intelligence are beginning to change many aspects of the rubber industry and the industries we serve. We need new minds to keep up and young people entering the industry from a wide array of disciplines can bring new ideas and talent to complement the strengths of the more experienced leaders in our industry.
Other interests: Traveling with his wife and spending time with his mountain dog, three nephews and niece.