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Tom Schmeling

I spent the first half of my career on the operations side of businesses.  I spent time in the planning function, logistics supervision and then moved to sourcing.  My teams supported product development and production, sourcing product all over the world for the best quality, cost and delivery of the product.  The second half of my career was spent on the sales and marketing side of the business.  Getting the experience from many facets of the business allowed me to understand how all the functions work together to support a common goal.

Favorite Project or Success Story

Three projects come to mind on from the different functions I experienced.  One was a successful new product introduction and support that project throughout the multi-year development cycle and see it successfully launch and gain acceptance in the marketplace.  

The next was selling a concept to a larger OEM and getting them to see the potential, develop the product and help them launch into a new product category. 

The third was helping an employee fulfill their potential in their career and encouraging them to go after that opportunity and the pride they had when they achieved their goal.

Interests Outside of Work

My family enjoys the outdoors,  boating, biking, golfing, playing tennis and walking our dogs.