June Member of the Month: Mike Troutman
Do you take safety home with you? If so, how?
Absolutely! Our Family uses the proper PPE when operating outdoor power equipment, including our lawn tractor, weed eater, and other equipment. We also use notifications to communicate when we arrive safely at destinations and have a crisis management plan.
What is/was your position and how long have you been in the position?
I am the Director of Safety & Environmental Excellence for MI Windows and Doors for over 6 years. We have locations in Pennsylvania, Arizona and Texas.
What has been the greatest challenge in your career?
Working with people/teams/government agencies from across the United States and learning how best to communicate to create a win for everyone involved while advancing the task or project to meet everyone’s expectations while using our differences as strengths. While at times this has been the most challenging, it has also been the most rewarding, and has allowed me to grow.
What is your most recent accomplishment?
In January of 2019 we completed a successful VPP evaluation for our MI Profiles Facility located in Millersburg PA which was recommended for VPP Star! MI Profiles is the first vinyl extrusion facility in the United States to become VPP Star within their NAICS code, and joins our Gratz PA Campus and Prescott Valley, AZ as VPP Star sites.
What advice would you give to "Past You"?
When you think negative thoughts, or that it is too hard or impossible, remove those thoughts from your mind. Anything is possible with the right team, a positive mindset and patience. Focus on a famous quote from Winston Churchill, “Success is not final, failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts.”
What makes you passionate about the VPPPA?
Through the association, I have been very fortunate to meet so many helpful mentors, board members, (both past and present) that want to do the right thing, they want to see you succeed, and have always been helpful, always working to improve.
What has been your favorite aspect of the Association?
The annual conferences, both regional and national have always been a great place to build professional networks and attend great learning sessions. The messages presented by the speakers at these conferences always share something I can use to make me a better leader, mentor and co-worker. Though these experiences, many lifelong professional relationships have been created which have benefitted my team and our company.
What advice would you give to someone interested in the VPP or the VPPPA?
My advice is to join the VPPPA, and attend the conferences, become involved, build networks with other sites and vendors and establish mentors. Many VPP sites are always willing to help others improve and get into VPP. There isn’t any competition in Safety, at the end of the day we all want the same thing, for our team to go home to their Families in better condition, (with the safety knowledge we share with them), to help their families and build safer communities.