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Sales Spotlight - Patrick Curry

Posted by Beth Bauer on August 04, 2020

There are some people here at Fullerton who need no introduction and our President, Patrick Curry is one of those people. He's well known amongst the cutting tool industry as well as our community, but I thought he'd be a great person to learn a little more about in this month's sales spotlight.

Patrick was born and raised in Saginaw, Michigan.  He grew up hanging out with his dad at work on Saturdays and has spent 30 years working here at Fullerton. As a kid, he'd caddy for his dad and Dick Terry during Fullerton's golf league. In 1989, Patrick started working at Fullerton in the steel department doing piece work and eventually moved to engineering (where there may still be a few of Patrick's auto cad tool drawings in the system). Throughout time, Patrick moved to the estimating department, became the office manager, and in 2002 moved into sales and became Vice President for Fullerton. In 2006, he became involved in international sales, and in 2008 he became President. Patrick truly loves this industry and manufacturing; he serves on several State and National boards that focus on manufacturing and local economic development.

Patrick went to Central Michigan University, graduating in 1993 with a BSBA in Industrial Engineering. While there, he met the love of his life Jenny in a business fraternity and the two have been married for the past 26 years. They have three children, Greyson (24), Aidan (22), and Isabella (13). They also have a silver lab named River and a tabby cat named Royal. They attend St. Peter Lutheran Church in Hemlock, Michigan. Patrick also enjoys attending a men’s Bible study group with a few co-workers and local business associates. Patrick also is a major sports fanatic thanks to his dad's influence and is a huge outdoorsman absolutely loving to fish, hunt, golf - especially with family and friends.

Q&A with Patrick

What song title best describes your personality?
Walk by Faith, Jeremy Camp or Easy (Like Sunday Morning), by Lionel Richie

What's the weirdest job you've ever had?
Canoe Livery Boy

If you could spend a day in someone else's shoes, who would you choose and why?
George Washington, to be a part of history.

If you could win an Olympic medal for any sport, real or rake, what would it be?
Ice Hockey.

What's the nerdiest thing you do in your spare time?
I read boring manufacturing books and magazines about the cutting tool industry.

What's the strangest talent you have?
DJ for family and friends events and sports announcer for hockey games.

What is one thing still on your bucket list? 
Ski Diving & Scuba Diving.

What would you do (for a career) if you weren't doing this?
Big Game and Fishing Outfitter.

What's your favorite thing about working for Fullerton?
My favorite thing is our people and our customers. We have great talent and passion in both both and they are both very inspirational to me and my family, the grit, the courage and commitment to succeed is infectious.

 

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Topics: Employee Spotlight, Sales Spotlight

MC Sales & Marketing | John Paquette

Posted by Beth Bauer on July 30, 2020

We are happy to announce that our Independent Manufacturers Rep, MC Sales & Marketing has added a new member to their sales team - John Paquette. John will be covering Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.  Find out more about John by checking out his bio below.

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Topics: Company News, sales support, sales

Sales Spotlight - Jeff Hogya

Posted by Beth Bauer on July 15, 2020

We're excited to introduce you to our new National Sales Manager, Jeff Hogya.  Jeff Hogya is responsible for leading the company's direct sales team, managing the company's distribution channels, assisting with overall training, as well as managing his regional territory.

Jeff began working in a machine shop straight out of high school after completing 2 years of vocational shop while attending high school. Jeff spent 24 years running machines, programming, and designing tools. From the shop, he went to work as a sales representative and application specialist for a cutting tool manufacturer. He then moved on and became a sales manager and cutting tool specialist for an industrial distributor. In 2019, Jeff joined the Fullerton family and continued helping customers at the spindle.

Throughout his career, Jeff also worked as a part time firefighter for 33 years before retiring as Fire Chief in 2017. He has 2 sons and 2 grandchildren. He and his wife, Laurie, recently celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary and are currently empty nesters.

Q&A with Jeff

What's the weirdest job you've ever had?
I was a ticket agent for Greyhound Bus Line

If you could spend a day in someone else's shoes, who would you choose and why?
My wife's, so I could better understand the trials and tribulations she goes through in a day and be more compassionate when she brings up issues.

What's the nerdiest thing you do in your spare time?
Help my wife do her crafts.

What is one thing still on your bucket list? 
Driving a Nascar race car.

What would you do (for a career) if you weren't doing this?
Firefighter.

What's your favorite thing about working for Fullerton?
My favorite thing is working for a company that values family first, especially when they consider our customers family.

    

 

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Topics: Employee Spotlight, Sales Spotlight

Tool Tip - Weldon Flats

Posted by Beth Bauer on July 13, 2020

Did you know that we have 2 different types of weldon flats?  It's true!  We have a Standard Weldon Flat and an Advanced Performance Weldon Flat.  The Advanced Performance Weldon Flat and the Standard Weldon Flat are essentially the same, but the length of the Weldon Flat to the cutting end of the tool is different.  The Advanced Performance Weldon Flat is measured from the flute washout to the flat.  This guarantees that the flute or flute washout will not be inside of the holder.  If the flute or flute washout is inside the tool holder, the chips can pack into the holder and can cause the tool to break.  

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Topics: Tool Tips, tool tip, weldon flats, weldon flat

Sales Team Announcement

Posted by Beth Bauer on June 29, 2020

We are happy to announce three important advancements to our company's sales team.  Justin Verburg has been appointed as Director of Sales, Jeff Hogya as National Sales Manager, and Aaron Brooks as National Accounts Manager.

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Topics: Company News, sales

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