Like many people, I took a conventional approach to my career path: go to college, take an entry-level job, work my way "up the ladder," settle into a comfortable position, and retire. I put my plan into motion by studying Industrial Engineering at Youngstown State University. The problem-solving nature of the field, along with its emphasis on manufacturing, drew me to it. After graduating in 1990, I immediately began my professional career with that entry-level job.
I did indeed work my way "up the ladder" as planned. The path was unexpected but the experience was invaluable. I spent 8 years advancing from an entry-level Industrial Engineer to a Senior Manufacturing Engineer. This path led through 4 different companies. Then I landed that coveted management position and spent the next 14 years managing support departments as well as production and large-scale projects. This path led through 3 more companies.
At the 20 year anniversary of my professional career, I started to lose interest in pursuing my plan of finding that last "comfortable" position. Instead, I focused on how much experience I gained working for different companies; how challenging it was and how much I enjoyed it. So, in 2012, after 22 years of working for others, I decided to package my experiences into services and go into business for myself as a Contract Industrial Engineer.
I now work out of my home in central Pennsylvania offering a variety of manufacturing support services to clients everywhere.