How long have you worked at Westec Plastics? I founded the company on July 15, 1969.
What does your typical day look like? My typical day has changed a great deal since January 1, 2016, as I went into semi-retirement and turned the company over to Tammy Barras. I still consult as needed and get a great deal of satisfaction out of seeing Westec succeed and continue to grow.
How has your career grown since starting at Westec? I started as a hands-on mold maker and quickly began dealing directly with customers, vendors and employees. I found this very challenging but rewarding as all these things are extremely important to have a successful business.
What is your favorite part about Westec? Being part of the success of Westec. I still enjoy helping with the solutions of part design, tooling and molding.
Outside of work, what are some of your hobbies/passions? These have changed as the years have gone by. In my younger days, I enjoyed auto racing (SCCA). I then moved into sailing and enjoyed over 27,000 nautical miles. I sailed as far as South French Polynesia and up to Canada in the north. I’ve enjoyed building engines and restoring cars. I’ve now moved into RVing and enjoy seeing the US.
Do you have a favorite travel spot? Tropics, I especially like Zihuatanejo, Mexico.
In forty years, what will people be nostalgic for?! Not having a phone in your hand constantly.
How do you feel about putting pineapple on pizza? If you like it, go for it!
What part of a kid’s movie completely scarred you? I can’t say I ever was.
If animals could talk, which would be the rudest? Cats.
Toilet paper, over or under? Over, there are no other options.
What’s the best type of cheese? They are almost all good.
What is something that everyone looks stupid doing? Picking your nose.
What is the funniest joke you know by heart? Politics?
What are the unwritten rules of where you work? Each day you should go home feeling like you achieved something.
If you could only wear one color for the rest of your life, what would it be and why? Denim; it looks better as you wash and wear it.
If you could change the ending of any famous movie, which movie would it be? What would your new ending be? Casablanca; Humphrey Bogart would leave with her.
What song will you never forget the lyrics to? Gee…I forgot already.
What’s a pet peeve that you would make illegal if you could? People not listening or looking at both sides of the situation.