Q: You were one of the first employees hired by Royal Talens North America (RTNA), what was that experience like in the beginning?
RTNA has come a long way in a short period of time. I started here in October 2015. At that time Kyle was the only other person here locally. Converting a 30,000 square foot warehouse and medium size office area in less than 3 months was a major challenge. I felt more like a general contractor than Warehouse Manager during that time. It was very exciting and fulfilling to see the first orders picked and shipped in January 2016. We have been refining our best practices ever since with a dedicated small team.
Q: What is your role here?
Q: Where did you work prior to RTNA & what did you do there?
Prior to RTNA I worked in the craft beer industry. I was Operations Manager focused on import from 2007 to early 2015. During that time I worked with and oversaw several beer warehouses in NJ, RI, MA and CT. The warehouse in CT was 100,000 square feet and I was the primary designer of the product layout/organization. This experience proved very valuable in setting up at RTNA. In 2015 and part of 2016 while working here I co-owned a small craft beer export business. We sold beer to customers in 4 different countries before closing the business.
Q: What is your favorite aspect of working here?
I like the small team of competent, hard-working, and friendly people at RTNA. People in the art supply industry seem to be more friendly and positive overall. We can all use more of that energy these days.
Q: How do you spend your time away from work?
I try to be outside as much as possible. Hiking, biking, kayaking, walking the best dog in the world with my awesome wife, playing guitar and traveling.
Q: If gifted an all-expenses paid trip, describe your dream vacation.
I have been very lucky to have lived, worked, studied, and traveled abroad. There is so much world still to see. I would do a round trip of the planet with my wife over several months with a little extra time spent in Southeast Asia at the beach eating local fare.