Praxair, Inc., a Fortune 300 company with 2016 sales of $11 billion, is a leading industrial gas company in North and South America and one of the largest worldwide. The company produces, sells and distributes atmospheric, process and specialty gases, and high-performance surface coatings. Praxair products, services and technologies are making our planet more productive by bringing efficiency and environmental benefits to a wide variety of industries, including aerospace, chemicals, food and beverage, electronics, energy, healthcare, manufacturing, primary metals and many others. More information about Praxair, Inc. is available at www.praxair.com.
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My military career began at the United States Military Academy at West Point. After graduating as 2nd Lieutenant with a degree in computer science, I entered the armed services in the Signal Corps at Ft. Gordon, Georgia. I furthered my career at Ft. Hood, Texas earning the rank of 1st Lieutenant and ultimately ending my service as a Captain. Being a leader at Praxair is a great opportunity to share my knowledge and experience. I am a firm believer in 360o leadership - rolling up my sleeves and being directly involved ensures my team has the strategy, tactics and technology to be successful. Praxair is also an environment that encourages giving back. As a member of the armed services, I have always been proud to serve others and the community. The same sense of pride that service members carry is easily integrated into work life at Praxair. Here, we are all Praxair Proud. We are proud of the way we serve our employees, our communities and our customers while being ecologically and socially responsible.
I went through basic training at the Nuclear Power School in Orlando, FL and was stationed at a Nuclear Power Training Unit just outside of Saratoga Springs, NY for about three-and-a-half years, first as a student and then as an instructor. Next I was stationed on the U.S.S. Newport News fast attack submarine for four years in Norfolk and made port calls (visits) to England, France, Italy, Israel, and Greece. It has been more than 20 years since I joined Praxair as a Standard Plant Technician. I worked my way through the ranks to become the Southeast Operations Director responsible for the production and distribution of bulk atmospheric gases and liquid hydrogen in the Southeastern U.S. My team safely operates the production plants and delivers products to our customers, making an average of 3,200 safe deliveries each month. The Navy and Praxair have a lot in common. Both have a relentless focus on operational discipline. In the Navy, all personnel are trained on the reason behind every step when using equipment, allowing them to make a decision to deviate from a procedure if required for safety (for example, during a ship's casualty). The Navy laid the groundwork for how I expect my team to operate at Praxair. In both the Navy and at Praxair, you control your own destiny. Praxair employees are given wide latitude in performing their jobs as long as they meet safety standards, inspiring creativity and efficiency. Upper management doesn't question how I do my job. I am expected to manage each situation in the most effective manner. When it comes to career development, I believe it's up to me to perform my job the best way I know how, while looking to expand my skills. For example, early in my Praxair career I went to college and earned Bachelor's and Master's degrees in business administration, which helped me secure future positions. By seizing opportunities to advance yourself, you control your own destiny within the company. In the military, you are taught to stay cool and apply a defined approach to crisis management that I have used many times over at Praxair. You learn to depend on your training and your team, take step-by-step actions based on what you know at the time, and evaluate and adjust as more information comes to light. For example, a hurricane once threatened our Mim's facility in Florida and two large production facilities in the Carolinas. Information and the status of plants and roads changed by the minute, so we had to prepare for what we thought would occur. We delayed deliveries because it was unsafe to continue trucking operations. As the information changed, we adjusted. Shortly after the storm, we restored distribution and production. All employees were safe and business impact was minimal. I definitely think I've put my military experience to good use at Praxair. It has helped me reinforce a culture of operational discipline, accountability and success.
After I graduated high school, I began my military career as an Internal Communications Electrician in the U.S. Navy. I was stationed mostly out of Great Lakes, Illinois and Mayport, Florida. The military taught me invaluable lessons that I am able to utilize at Praxair. In the military, there is an emphasis on paying attention to detail and to your surroundings. If you don't pay attention and do your job well, the quality of workmanship can suffer, or worse, someone can get hurt. The very same mindset permeates Praxair. I joined the Praxair team on September 19, 2006 as a Certificate of Analysis (COA) Clerk, preparing COAs that travel with a product cylinder to the customer and ensure that the specifications meet the customer's requirements and exceed expectations. Since then, I have also taken on responsibilities as a Production Administration Database Admin for Praxair's Information Management System. This involves entering individual product codes such as cylinder style, valve style and fill weight into the database; looking at historical data to ensure product cylinder specification requirements can be met; and keeping our team's focus on quality. When a customer places an order for a new or existing product, I make sure all the T's are crossed, I's are dotted, and triple check for imperfections. Since I am the last line of defense before the product reaches the customer, it is imperative to pay attention to detail and quality. Just because the quality is good for one customer, doesn't mean it's suitable for the next, and my customers and colleagues are depending on me to uphold the highest levels of excellence. In the military and at Praxair, we treat one another like family. We rely on and look out for one another because we care. Being detail-oriented and having an obligation to your team ties into Praxair's commitment to safety. If I see someone who isn't wearing safety goggles or someone that I don't recognize walking around without an escort, I say something because that's what family is for. I feel the same sense of pride and accountability to my team here as I did in the Navy.
My 12 ½ years in the military was spent in the Naval Nuclear Power Program. During that time, I served on two fast attack submarines and spent four years training officers at an aircraft carrier propulsion system prototype training facility. I was introduced to Praxair 21 years ago at a hiring fair for veterans. After scheduling an interview, I drove to a Praxair plant, asked for a facility tour, and was intrigued. I was hired to work in standard plant operations group and became an expert on ultra-high purity plants. I helped commission many of those plants around the world and spent most of my time as a manager for small onsite operations at semi-conductor facilities. As my career progressed, I had the opportunity to manage customer service, trucking, and applications engineering teams. I established a Global Engineering knowledge management program, and then moved into my current role as Site Director at Praxair's Technology Center. The military's foundation and Praxair's continuous growth environment open the doors to many opportunities for veterans. For example, the military enriched my problem-solving skills. These skills became particularly necessary when I jumped into getting our new ultra high purity air separation process running. At the time, this process was new to Praxair and it had some complexities still unknown to the industry. We were producing gas directly off of an air separation column with less than 10 parts per billion of impurities. We had to work through multiple variables to eliminate potential contamination sources in the product streams by identifying the problem, analyzing potential variables, and going after root causes. The lessons I learned in the military about dealing with ambiguity equipped me to help customers. Many of our customers have manufacturing processes that are sensitive to change. When a customer faces a challenge, we need to respond quickly, determine the root of the problem, and implement immediate and long-term solutions. This higher level of customer service often enhances relationships with customers, who tend to remember how they are treated when the waters are rough more often than when there is smooth sailing. In my current role as a Site Director for Praxair's largest facility worldwide, I strive to do my best to create and maintain a work environment that people are proud to come to every day. We invest in improvements that are high impact and that our employees, and our customers, value. Like in the military, Praxair people focus on a purpose bigger than any individual. Every day, we are surrounded by something we had a hand in making and enhancing. Praxair is everywhere � from my glass coffee mug, to the car I drive to work, the frozen foods I eat, and the computer I work on. You can't help but feel good about being part of something bigger and making our planet more productive.