When did you start at Baffin?
I started in the footwear business at the age of 15. When I finished my schooling to become a millwright and moved to Canada, I began working with Mr. Hubner in 1973 and have been with Baffin ever since its creation in 1997.
What are your day-to-day responsibilities?
Simply put, if the machines and moulds aren’t working, business can’t run and we loose money – I make sure they run.
What advice do you give new employees?
I always teach people to be happy, smile and be friendly and everyone will like you better. And if something has to be done – you get it done.
There are always going to be big problems that happen in this business that there aren’t always blueprints to solve. The main thing is to keep your cool because at the end of the day you are going to have to deal with it, there is no use getting worked up.
What is your favourite part of the job?
I like being able to see and know exactly what is going on with the machines on a daily basis and love being around the people who work here.
At Baffin, I feel like family. I am with these people the same amount as I am with my family and that creates something special.
I think that some of my fondest memories of Baffin are my adventures travelling with Mr. Hubner. On one of our trips over in Europe, I was the only one who knew how to drive stick on the other side of the road! And I only knew because of teaching my son how to drive and switching gears from the passenger seat.
What does Baffin do best?
Quality and design. There is so much thought and real world testing that goes into the design, it sets us apart from all the others!
What is one thing you strive to do both on the job and in life?
You always learn and grow with a company. This place is my second home and I am always looking to teach people. Everyday I am learning and when working on a team it is important to pass it on and teach other people.
I learned from somebody, somebody learns from me. Teamwork is how you maintain a thriving business and personal life.
Favourite thing to do outside of work…
My favourite thing outside of work, is spending time with my family. I used to coach soccer for 10 years when my children were young and it is really fun going to my grandson’s soccer games now and seeing my children’s friends that I used to coach coming to the field with their children and coaching.