What makes GMN the company that it is today? Many think it is the company’s unique dichotomy – hard work and innovation coupled with a family atmosphere. After 33 years with the company, GMN hero David Woodard is a beloved figure in the GMN family who exemplifies the dedication and service that the company has come to represent.
David graduated with a bachelor’s degree in graphic design from San Jose State University and began working for a label company in Santa Clara, California. He held various roles within the company until they transitioned their leadership into the hands of GMN. Ed Westfall, vice president of sales and marketing at the time, quickly contacted David and asked him to head the San Jose Art Department. David jumped into the opportunity and has proved an extraordinary addition to the leadership of GMN.
“I appreciate being able to work with such a great organization with great leaders and coworkers. Everyone here wants to take pride in their work, do a good job and do it efficiently. I am proud to be part of it,” says David Woodard, head of the GMN San Jose art department.
Working with GMN for over three decades, David has seen many major changes within the company. Starting with cut and paste mechanical drawings that were developed by hand, to everything done on a computer, he is proud of how the industry has grown. David makes sure everything in the art department runs smoothly by previewing tickets before they go to production and assuring that they are spot on for the customer.
“The customer knows GMN will meet their needs and give them good quality—they know they can depend on us,” says Woodard.
Although he may not work directly with external customers, David is an early link in the production chain. He ensures efficient work is provided to GMN customers, while executing with precision and quality. One element of this is making sure the color sequence looks just right and the dimensions are flawless.
Every day, David proves his dedication to the customer. He makes sure each project stays on schedule, guaranteeing quality and on-time delivery. His duties include producing art files, attending daily production meetings, maintaining the department supply inventory, interacting with account managers, process engineers and department managers, and jumping in when needed. David illustrates his care and commitment to each customer and the company. We are thankful to have David as part of the GMN family and we are especially proud to call him a GMN hero.
For over half a century GM Nameplate has been serving the nameplate manufacturing industry with pride and commitment. To celebrate GM Nameplate’s 60th Anniversary, the team at GM Nameplate decided to shine the spotlight on some of the people who have helped make GM Nameplate and our customers successful.