Westec-Employee Spotlight - John Baker

How long have you worked at Westec Plastics?
5 ½ yrs. I interviewed with Westec Plastics on Friday, February 13th, and started at Westec on April 1st. I was anticipating an epic April Fool’s Day joke, but thankfully, that never materialized! One of the factors that led me to accept an offer of employment with Westec, was a temperature change of exactly 100°F from the time I left California (78°F), to the time when I arrived home, which was a frigid -22°F! Easy to see why I wanted to move to California!

What does your typical day look like?
In my role, no two days are ever the same. From a sales and business development standpoint, I spend time communicating with current and potential customers, researching and hunting for opportunities, and determining what it will take to win business, grow our customer base, and increase revenue.

How has your career grown since starting at Westec?
Starting on day one, Westec Plastics’ executive management has placed their trust in me to make critical decisions to onboard the type of customers that are essential to Westec Plastics’ growth. This trust has allowed me to further develop and refine sales strategies, identify technologies and services which place Westec Plastics at a competitive advantage, and to become a key member of the Westec management staff. During my time with Westec Plastics, I have progressed from Sales Engineer to Business Development Manager and earning a promotion to my current position, Director of Sales.

What is your favorite part about Westec?
Working with a first-class team is my favorite part about Westec Plastics. Playing a crucial role in the manufacturing supply chain and being a partner with a customer whose product provides a valuable service, whether that means saving lives, enhancing the quality of life, or fulfilling some need for a person, is a very close second.

Outside of work, what are some of your hobbies/passions?
Woodworking, cycling, golf, hiking and enjoying craft beers.

Do you have a favorite travel spot?
Anywhere off the grid.

In forty years, what will people be nostalgic for?
The loved ones we’ve lost. On a less serious note, probably being able to drive a car that doesn’t drive itself!

How do you feel about putting pineapple on pizza?
It’s simply a topping that doesn’t belong on a pizza!

What part of a kid’s movie completely scarred you?
I’d have to say it was watching the Wizard of Oz when I was four or five years old! Those flying monkeys still freak me out!

If animals could talk, which would be the rudest?
Platypus. I would think they’d have a rude or sarcastic response to any comment that came their way, mostly because they seem like an experiment gone wrong when they were created. I apologize to any platypuses I may have offended!

Toilet paper, over or under?
Over, but when you really have to go, all that matters is that the roll isn’t empty!

What’s the best type of cheese?
Hands down, Manchego, but it has to be the Costco brand.

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