Although Steve has only been with DENTALEZ for a few years, his extensive role in Production Management makes him a natural in his current role as Site Leader of our Alabama Facility. As a Site Leader, Steve oversees all plant operations. It’s a dynamic and challenging position that requires quick thinking and problem-solving. We asked him to tell us more about the work he does and how he came to his current role at DENTALEZ.
What roles had you previously held (whether at DENTALEZ or another company) that either made it possible for you to enter your desired field or helped you learn specific things for your position today?
I’m currently in my 18th year of management. Fifteen of those years were spent in the automotive field where I learned firsthand lean manufacturing processes, just-in-time delivery and working for “zero defects” through building better manufacturing processes. While the automotive plant was strictly a moving assembly line versus the way we work at DENTALEZ, a lot of the same rules can and do apply.
What do you like about working in the dental industry?
The advancement in technology in both our Equipment and Utility portfolios is exciting to see. I enjoy being a part of the different stages of development of that technology and realizing the end product when it’s ready to be released. I also enjoy interacting with the different people both within our company and outside of our company. Getting to know each of them and creating those working relationships is a pleasure.
What’s your favorite aspect of your job?
The favorite part of my job is interacting with my team members every day. Facing different challenges every day and working together for solutions to make us better is very satisfying.
What’s your favorite DENTALEZ product and why?
The entire Utility portfolio would be my favorite. The technology we’ve already released and the evolutions coming next are exciting and I believe will make our products very desirable for years to come. We are constantly developing and introducing a very impressive lineup.