Title: Section manager of consumer tread compound development
Company: Bridgestone Americas Inc.
Why he was selected: Galizio has 10 published patent applications and was honored with four Bridgestone President's Awards for his work to improve tire performance.
What inspired you to pursue a career in the rubber industry?
It's in my DNA. My father, grandfather and great uncle spent most or all of their careers in the rubber industry. As I looked for opportunities in the Northeast Ohio area, I realized that the great legacy of the tire manufacturers here still offered challenges and possibilities for a great career.
What accomplishment are you most proud of so far and why?
I really enjoy helping others along their career path and with technical education. I'm also very proud of the research I conducted involving the usage of sustainable raw materials, some of which is public through patent applications.
How has working in the rubber industry broadened your view of the world?
I've had the great fortune to travel to some very interesting places throughout my career. I've experienced Japanese culture at a different level than I otherwise would have. There are some differences between cultures and working styles, but if we treat each other with kindness and respect, we can communicate effectively.
Other interests: Enjoys building guitars with his dad and playing them with his brother.