Describe your role with TCCI.
As the Global Engineering Director, I oversee quality and engineering in our Ningbo, China facility. I started as a consultant to develop the engineering and management teams at the new location and have continued on. Essentially, my objective is to fully develop the staff so that the Ningbo facility can function autonomously. In baseball terms, I see myself in several roles: team manager, coach, mentor and the occasional D.H.
What’s been your best experience working for TCCI?
Setting up the high-performing teams in Ningbo has been my favorite task thus far. I’ve had a key role in recruiting and staffing different teams, including management.
What opportunities do you see in the industry?
I’m an engineer—so nothing is out of reach in my opinion. We have the abilities in terms of talent and manufacturing to expand to other vehicle components. We’ve started expanding for our sister company, Tillotson, by making carburetors and engines. We have the capacity to do big things.
How have your experiences/knowledge from past roles shaped your experience in your current role?
Throughout my career, I have worked in product development, quality testing and application engineering, which has guided my approach in my current position. I’ve also been a huge car and motorcycle enthusiast since an early age, which has definitely added to my industry knowledge.
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