I am the Vice President, responsible for the marketing, sales, and customer service functions. Working here provides a great deal of challenges from a variety of areas. You are always thinking of different strategies, which keep me very engaged. Never a boring moment! The most important thing for me to accomplish when conducting business with other companies is to provide a personal commitment that we are partners with them, and not just another supplier on their list. That we treat them with honesty and integrity in all that we do for them. We want [customers] to know that as a family owned company, the owners are involved and committed to being engaged in our customers' challenges, and that we are personally committed to doing whatever we can to help them succeed.
I graduated from Indiana University Bloomington with a Bachelor of Science in business with a major in Labor Relations (Human Resources). I have worked at the family business for 35 years, fulfilling many roles in different areas including human resources, benefits, accounting, and financial management. I love working at Ottenweller Company Inc. because it gives me the opportunity to see day in and day out the fruits of our labor. We have also had the opportunity to provide great jobs for people in our community. For me personally, I get to work every day with people I love and admire. The most important thing for me to accomplish when conducting business with other companies is to provide a quality product and conduct our business relationships in an ethical manner. I want to make sure that our customers always feel they can get an answer to their questions and concerns in a timely and accurate manner.
Quality Control Manager
After graduating from Indiana University and a few years working in biotechnology insurance, I decided to further my education in Finance. I received my MBA from Northwestern University in Chicago and it was there I renewed my interest in the family business and entrepreneurship. I'm currently serving as the Plant Manager of the Fort Wayne facility, with a plan to move into a financial role within the organization. Our ability to solve complex problems quickly while meeting customer schedules on time and with excellent quality is what I think makes Ottenweller Company so unique. As a Fort Wayne native, it's great to see both the company and community I grew up with growing in so many ways.
Chief Technology Officer
Human Resources Manager
I've been with Ottenweller Company for over 25 years, and have had the opportunity to gain experience in several areas of the business such as Accounting, Payroll, and Human Resources. As the HR Manager, I also have responsibility for Training, Safety and Environmental issues. I've been very proud of the strides we have made over the years to improve our processes and provide growth opportunities for so many people. I enjoy learning new things, and there is always something new to learn here! It is important for us to have good working relationships with others in the community that might also be 'competitors' for employees. We share an employment pool, competing for a lot of the same potential employees, so we try to build relationships that allow us to share information such as benefits, training strategies and references.
I was born in Fort Wayne and have lived and worked here all my life. I have a bachelor's degree in business management from IPFW. I went to work for an industrial supply company as a salesperson right out of college and interacted with several buyers and purchasing managers, which is when I realized that purchasing was a career that I would like to pursue. I hired on at Ottenweller as the purchasing assistant in November of 2006 and was promoted to purchasing manager in January of 2009. My core responsibilities are managing a small staff of purchasing and receiving personnel and ordering the raw materials that go into the products that we manufacture. As a department, we strive to get the best pricing on quality materials and to stay as lean as possible. This ensures that we can get our customer's parts to them on time and at a fair price. I love working at Ottenweller because of the people that I work with. I'm surrounded by great people who are committed to working together to achieve common goals. I also love the sense of pride I get when I see some of our parts on equipment out in the field or shipping down the road. There are very few companies that have the capabilities to fabricate and machine the large, complex parts that we ship daily.
I am a business developer for the Ottenweller Company. I graduated from IPFW with a bachelorâ€™s degree in business management. From there I went on to earn my MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University. I started my career working for a boat manufacturer where I found my passion for the manufacturing environment. I enjoy working for the Ottenweller Company because of the family-owned culture and the values the business is run on. As a business developer, I am responsible for finding new opportunities for our company to diversify the industries we are involved in. The Ottenweller Companyâ€™s combination of capabilities and ability to solve customersâ€™ complex issues allows us to be a partner with our customerâ€™s. If you have a need for metal fabrication and think we may be a potential fit for your organization, give me an email or phone call!