Title: Raw materials buyer
Company: Yokohama Tire Corp.
Why he was selected: Joined Yokohama Tire Manufacturing Mississippi three years ago in its infancy as the only purchasing employee who excelled in a variety of responsibilities.
What inspired you to pursue a career in the rubber industry?
After graduating college in 2003, I spent 11 years in different areas of the steel industry. When the opportunity came up to go to work for a new manufacturing plant in the town I grew up in, it was too good to pass up. The rubber industry was new, but purchasing materials in the steel market translated well to help expedite the learning process.
What do you love most about your job?
I loved being here from the beginning. From the plant being a dirt mound in the middle of a cow pasture to quickly becoming a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility, the process has been overwhelming but at the same time the most rewarding adventure in which I have been involved.
What advice do you have for students considering a career in the rubber industry?
Go the chemical route. The more you know about rubber, the chemicals, and the mixing/manufacturing process, the quicker and farther you can go in your career. And most importantly remember to treat people as you want to be treated.
Other interests: Has a daughter, Marli, with his wife, Ashley, and is a youth minister at his local church.