My career started with Roosevelt Paper back in 1978. A friend of mine worked as a manager and I asked him if there was an opportunity to work there as summer help. I worked the summer of 1978 and 1979, in what used to be our Philadelphia plant, wrapping skids and rolls, bailing, shafting, sweeping, etc.
As I was approaching graduation from Temple University in 1980, I began searching for a job where I could use my BBA in Accounting. It just so happened that 1980 was also a recession year and many companies were not hiring. My friend suggested that I apply to work as a supervisor at Roosevelt Paper in the new Kentucky division. After a short interview process, I got the job and started training immediately in Philadelphia. I took my last final on Friday May 9th, moved from my parents’ home in PA on May 10th and started my Supervisory career in Kentucky on May 12th. I have been fortunate to be employed for over 41 years in various positions ever since.
My Timeline at Roosevelt:
May 1980 – December 1982 Shipping/Receiving Supervisor, Kentucky Division
January 1983 – February 1990 Receiving Supervisor, Philadelphia Division
February 1990 – October 1990 Temporary Plant Manager, Chicago Division
October 1990 – July 1991 2nd Shift Production/Shipping Supervisor, Philadelphia Division
July 1991 – 2001 Plant Manager, Philadelphia Division
2001 – Present Operations Manager
Overall, the biggest highlight of my career with Roosevelt has been working with all of the great people. I am grateful for all the help and support from the numerous individuals along the way.
To be entrusted with making decisions that affect so many employees and their families is truly a humbling experience. It is incredibly rewarding to be able to offer the same opportunities to others as well.
I have worked at Roosevelt since May 1980 and in the sunset of my career I am constantly asking myself “What have I done with my dash”. The “dash” is that little mark that we all insert between dates. Hopefully, I have been a positive influence on all those great individuals and have made Roosevelt a better place to work during my “dash”.