As vice president of manufacturing at Western Window Systems, Dean Seger directs, manages, and coordinates all activities having to do with the manufacturing and maintenance of the company’s products. A big job to be sure. But for Seger, there’s always room to take on more.
“Whatever needs to be done, Dean’s the first to say, ‘Give it to me, I’ll handle it.’” says Western Window Systems president and CEO Scott Gates.
Calling him the “hardest working guy at Western,” Gates notes that Seger, who started with the company in 2014, takes ownership of massive projects and executes them incredibly well. As an example, he cites Seger’s most recent challenge: an overhaul of the manufacturing process that includes new equipment, line designs, and process flow.
“Dean takes on these huge projects on top of leading manufacturing while we grow at 50 percent,” notes Gates. “He owns our complex capacity scheduling and has consistently overcome the unique challenges that a changing product mix requires.”
Usually the first one in the building, the last to leave, and often coming in on Saturdays, Seger’s dedication extends to his employees. A true advocate for those on the shop floor, he’s constantly on the lookout to improve working conditions. To reduce bottlenecks, he developed a special flex-team (S.W.A.T.) of top shop employees whose specialty is tackling the unexpected.
“I’ve never met anyone so driven to succeed,” says Gates. “Dean’s willing to give everything he has to make sure we win.”
Congratulations to Dean Seger, Western Window Systems’ manager of the quarter.
Learn more about Dean Seger by reading his Q&A:
Where did you grow up?
What song best sums you up?
“Love Without End, Amen” by George Strait.
What is your favorite sport to watch or play?
Snowboarding and ice hockey.
What are your hobbies?
Teaching my kids how to do things, woodworking, and metalworking.
Who do you look up to or admire?
Where do you most want to travel, but have never been?
If money was no object, what would you do all day?
More family time, ride dirt bikes, and snowboard.
What is your favorite family recipe?
My wife’s Skyline chili.
What’s your favorite movie?
Miracle and Tombstone.
What is your biggest success up until now?
Marrying my wife and having kids.
What’s your favorite part of working at Western Window Systems?
The people. Especially our one-team culture.
What is one fact about yourself that almost no one knows?
Out of necessity, I have gained the skill of relocating bees.