What drew you to the rubber industry, and what has made your career in the industry rewarding?
I was drawn to this industry by the opportunity to work with my father. What a great opportunity to work as the third generation. This relationship was definitely a highlight to my first 20 years. This industry also is very rewarding with the great diverse customer base that we serve. There is always something to learn, and I love to learn. The employees in my company have also impacted me greatly.
What do you consider to be your greatest achievement?
I am not sure. There have been many milestones in my years at Da/Pro and I don't think I have ever really thought of them as "my" achievements. They are my team's achievements.
What do you count as your biggest failure and what has it taught you?
My biggest failure was not saying "I don't know" faster. I felt I had to "know" the answer. It would have been so much easier and quicker if I just reached out to my team and resources. I am so glad that I have learned this. I know that I don't know a lot of things now and this makes me smile. Always opportunities to grow.
Who or what inspires you?
My father has always inspired me. I think the people around me inspire me. They are always looking at how to help and lift up others. This is a great environment to live in.
What is the best advice you have ever received?
I think the best advice I received was try to do the best I could do for others with whatever circumstances I am in or how anyone is reacting.
If you were CEO of a company, what would you do first?
I am the CEO and I have a huge list of things to do.
What would you tell someone considering a career in the rubber industry?
This is a great industry where you can engage with so many markets. We are blessed to work with so many interesting companies in all areas of manufacturing. It is never a dull moment and there are so many opportunities to learn.
In your opinion, what needs to be done to encourage females to pursue STEM-related careers?
I think some of the bias that happens to young girls in school has to change. Girls are still not encouraged enough in school. I also think there needs to be more great examples of women working in STEM-related jobs. The faces in these industries need to be more diverse and welcoming.