The Young Fastener Professionals organization has appointed three new members to its Board of Directors. Joining the Board of Directors are Baron Yarborough of Spring Bolt & Nut Mfg., Jessi Solt of G.L. Huyett and Amber Artz of the Boulder Company. According to Ryan Kertis, the President of the Young Fastener Professionals, these new Board members embody the “spirit of our organization and bring the essential aptitude, proficiency and energy to the table which will enable YFP continued success.”
In addition to thee three national Board members, Derek Dandy of Bodycote also joined the Mid-Atlantic Young Fastener Professionals; Michael Robinson of The Dyson Corporation and Bob Morrissey Jr. of American Ring joined the North Coast Young Fastener Professionals; Kenny Sanker of Blue Chip Engineered Products joined the South East Young Fastener Professionals; Matt Roberts of W.J.Roberts Co., Inc. joined the North East Young Fastener Professionals; and Mike Ricciardi of ITW Shakeproof joined the Mid-West Young Fastener Professionals.
The existing Board of Directors Ryan Kertis, Melissa Patel, Aaron Shushan & Bryan Wheeler will remain in their positions throughout 2017.
In this series of interviews, we have been introducing you to these new members of the Young Fastener Professionals. Now we introduce you to Michael Robinson of the North Coast Young Fastener Professionals.
I studied Supply Chain, Business Administration, and Communications at Bowling Green State University while also interning for Walt Disney World. After graduation and working a second internship for Disney, I came back to Cleveland and started part time at a local industrial supply store. I soon dove head deep into the fastener world, I moved to an outside sales role and within a year I was running my own successful store and managing a small sales team. After 3 years of selling to end users, I made the move to work at a company importing fasteners. I started out selling to distribution companies, soon after that I moved over to their automotive division where I was selling to Tier 2 suppliers. I then ventured into the manufacturing side of things in October 2015 with Dyson Corp. Although I had been in the fastener business over 7 years, I quickly found out there was much more to the hot forging process than I thought I knew. For over a year now, I have been learning and growing with Dyson as well as getting to know more people within the Fastener Industry. When I’m not at work I am usually at home spending time with my wife and 2-year-old son. I enjoy watching sports and try to watch all the Cleveland games in my down time.
- How did you enter into the fastener industry?
I first entered the nuts and bolts world as a part time stock boy at a local industrial supply store.
- You are a representative of The Dyson Corporation. What is your role in the company?
I am the Sales Manager for our Core and Military Sales Teams.
- What are your favorite aspects of the fastener industry?
My favorite part of the fastener industry is getting to see what my finished product ends up on, whether it’s on a car, bridge, submarine, tank, or sports arena I think it’s neat to know that I played a part in getting it made.
- Why do you think that having the Young Fastener Professionals Organization is so important in the fastener industry?
As more Millennials are entering the work force I believe it is Important for us to understand each generation and what makes an individual feel valued, important, and appreciated in a company.
- Describe your role as Sales Manager on the North Coast Young Fastener Professionals Board of Directors.
I will be the local contact/rep for WV, OH, IN, and MI. I will be attending local Fastener Association meetings, socials, and events within this area to talk to companies about YFP. I will be talking to companies throughout the area informing them about YFP and what we do, as well as seeking out information as to what these companies might want from the YFP.
- What do you hope to bring/contribute to the future of the Young Fastener Professionals?
I have been in the Fastener Industry for almost a decade now, I have experience in retail, importing, distribution, and manufacturing. I hope to use my knowledge, connections, and platforms throughout these areas to help YFP and fastener companies continue to excel and grow together.
We would like to thank Mr. Robinson for his time and we wish him the best of luck!
- Young Fastener Professionals: An Interview with Derek Dandy
- Young Fastener Professionals: An Interview with Baron Wayne Yarboroug
- Young Fastener Professionals: An Interview with Amber Artz
- Young Fastener Professionals: An Interview with Kenny Sanker
- Young Fastener Professionals: An Interview with Mike Ricciardi
- Young Fastener Professionals: An Interview with Bob Morrissey Jr.
- Young Fastener Professionals: An Interview with Jessi Solt