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By admin | Apr 14, 2015
GMN Hero Maria Silva

GM Nameplate displays devout service and excellence when providing a product, giving each customer a reason to be proud. This takes hard work from many people. One person, who reflects these GMN traits every day in her work is Maria Silva, senior assembler at GMN’s Seattle, WA Division.

“I love my job. Everything at work is a good thing.  I would feel lost anywhere else,” says Maria.

Maria loves her job. Each department within GMN requires hard work, and working in the assembly department is not always easy. Days for Maria can often be stressful and busy, but she never fails to display diligence in her work. After working 31 years at GMN, Maria is able to work on almost every job presented. She is looked up to and called upon frequently by fellow employees. Every day for Maria is something new, but she continues to be of service for GMN.

“Whatever needs to be done, whether it is the most simple or most complex project, Maria is right there ready to take a swing at it,” says Bill McLain, Maria’s manager..

Maria is excited when she gets to work and motivated to complete the jobs at hand, on time. She is appreciative of the opportunity and community GMN provides. Not working directly with customers, but having direct contact with their product, is fulfilling to Maria. Taking part in customers’ happiness and gratitude is a great feeling for all GMN employees.

“Have a good attitude and do the best you can do,” says Maria.

Maria has never lost sight of her humorous side. She exemplifies her positive outlook on life by making her colleagues laugh regularly and bringing enjoyment into each new day. Maria’s reputation has been carried throughout the division where she is known for good quality work and sincerity in her projects.  Maria is always on time and working the best of her ability. Every day she demonstrates experience and commitment in all she does. We are proud to call Maria 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. 

By admin | Mar 17, 2015
GMN hero Lisa Coletti

Offering a broad array of capabilities, GM Nameplate has grown in size and its capabilities in the last 60 years. Being the individual to help investigate and construct one of our newer markets is something Lisa Coletti, business development manager, can take pride in.

Starting at GMN as a graphic artist, moving into sales, and later working as a marketing manager, Lisa was assigned the task to explore the wine market. Lisa helped develop GMN’s presence in the wine industry. Lisa loves to be challenged, overcome development, and learn within the wine industry. Now as a business development manager specializing in wine labels, she steers the company in the direction of achievement. For many wine customers she is the liaison — preparing, corresponding, and relaying information with customers and the internal staff.

“I like trying new things and I like growth.  Challenges push creativity and move things forward — they create growth.  New challenges keep me engaged,” says Lisa.

Lisa understands customers’ point of view and works with them to find a solution. A recent example of this was when Lisa was approached by a designer requesting a more complex product. She was able to relay information between the winery and designer to create a win-win solution, leaving the customer very pleased and meeting the challenge she faced.

“GMN is a service to so many different industries because we can think beyond the first product,” says Lisa.

GMN has continued to grow in a good direction, accomplish a lot, and prove commitment to each customer. At GMN we hold our customers to a high standard just as Lisa has shown in her work through the wine industry. Lisa’s personality and commitment make her someone everyone enjoys working with – whether it’s through phone calls, email or direct contact with the customer. And that’s why Lisa is 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. 

By admin | Feb 3, 2015
GMN hero Caren Ang

GM Nameplate is driven by the success of our customers and helping them achieve growth. This requires great leadership to solve problems and challenges as a team. With the contribution from plant operators to management staff, we have been able to accomplish many things in the past 60 years. One individual in particular has stepped into a challenging GMN leadership role — Caren Ang, account manager from the GMN Singapore division.

She started as an office receptionist, moved to sales coordinator, and then was later promoted to her current position as account manager. Caren is grateful for the opportunities GMN has provided her. Ang says she’s had a lot of encouragement to learn new skills and expand her knowledge daily. Every day she improves and grows, while offering better assistance to customers. Not only has GMN had an impact on Caren’s life, she has also impacted the life of GMN. Her daily motivation is the excitement of new business opportunities and is an inspiration for all GMN employees.

“It is the little extra mile you go, to make your customer feel encouraged and comfortable,” says Caren.

Caren processes customer orders and works closely with material and production schedules — never losing her hard working spirit while ensuring customer satisfaction and on-time delivery. Caren carries the role of making certain GMN meets our quality objective, while handling customer feedback. In her experience as a receptionist, production coordinator, operator, occasional event planner, and account manager for both the US and Asia, Caren always gives 110% to her job.

“Caren makes the effort to learn and take on responsibilities that are not hers. She is someone that needs no pushing or much teaching. She multi-tasks a lot and to this day has not lost the spirit of quality work,” says Tina Chen, Singapore managing director.

Caren proudly states, “I feel honored to be part of the pioneer team of GMN’s efforts in Asia.” And GMN is honored to have Caren as a part of our team. Each individual has a distinguished position to contribute to the company. Caren has seen the Singapore division evolve and the entire company of GMN progress through the years. Her helping hand has been evident in the changes and growth of GMN. We are grateful for employees such as Caren. Her hard work, joyful spirit, and love for the company are a few of the many reasons we are proud to call her 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. 

By admin | Jan 26, 2015
GMN Hero Mark Privett GMN fabrication supervisor

“We have a history that shows not just where we’ve been, but where we are going.”

January 24, 1984 marked a special day — his first day on the job.  Traveling from New York City to Seattle, on a Greyhound bus in 1984, is how Fabrications Supervisor Mark Privett began his career at GM Nameplate. Calling his coworkers family and his department home, Mark has entrusted a deep care and influence in not only the family of GMN, but its customers as well.

Overseeing the fabrications department, Mark recognizes the strengths in his operators to make assignments for best quality of product. Getting his hands dirty and helping pick up jobs, or making sure paperwork and certifications are organized; Mark gives his all and maintains his sense of humor through the challenges. His job fluctuates depending on the day. Some days more stressful with the amount of projects, and others right on schedule. No matter the day, once customers decide what they need and when they need it, Mark is the guy to coordinate production, giving them exactly what they want — the best product.

“I really love the fact that the customer can rely on us. They know we will follow through and be successful meeting their needs. I truly care about what’s going on in my department and what’s going out the door. It’s important to me,” says Mark.

Carrying gratification in the success of GMN, Mark smiles at the fact he’s been here for half of GMN’s history. “The company has earned it,” says Mark, and so has he. Challenges are considered a motivation and an opportunity to grow, according to Mark. Once a customer was in need of a fast replacement for a part they lost. Mark was quickly contacted by the customer in need of a dire replacement. He coordinated and processed another part in very short time, leaving the customer grateful and relieved. 

“When offered a challenge, we will rise to the occasion. It helps us grow. We will continue to meet our customers’ needs,” says Mark.

Mark knows customers have helped make GMN what we are today. He continues to provide customers with the best product we can produce, knowing it is exactly what they want. Even though he may not directly work with them, he is dedicated to the customer and holds their requests to a high standard. His reliability and devotion are what makes Mark 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. 

By admin | Nov 14, 2014
GMN Hero Marc Doan

Every GMN employee plays a significant role in the production process either directly or indirectly.  However, few employees wear as many hats or make as big of an impact as Marc Doan, the Seattle division plant manager.

Marc’s days are busy and involve many duties — balancing interactions with direct reports, customer service, and internal customers, along with making sure manufacturing stays on schedule and products ship on time.  He is always working on continual improvement, to better the staff, equipment, and facilities at GMN, but ultimately to better serve GMN’s customers.

“Our technical ability and our staff are what make us successful.  We aren’t afraid to take chances and do new things,” says Marc.

Marc started at GMN on July 18, 1988 as a stock cutter on Seattle’s plant floor.  After working in a variety of roles, he became plant manager 13 years ago.  Every day brings new tasks and challenges for Marc as he oversees a 140,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility and staff of hundreds.  Multitasking, and problem-solving are critical to Marc’s success but his upbeat, can-do nature are what make him a successful leader with staff that both respect him and enjoy working with him. 

An example of Marc’s can-do approach to production is evident from a recent rush order.   Marc received a phone call from a desperate sales representative that needed Marc’s help to get a customer an important part far ahead of schedule.  With a little creative problem solving, he was able to expedite production while still ensuring that the product met the stringent specification outlined by the customer. Marc always places customers first and the result was another happy customer.

“We are continuously evolving and reinventing ourselves to go where the customer is going.  We don’t stay stagnant, but adapt to our customers’ needs,” says Marc about the 60thanniversary of GMN.

The variety of products, the people, and the culture are a few of the many reasons why Marc enjoys his job.  Interacting with great people to see project through to completion is another is also gratifying for Marc.  We are honored to have him on the GMN team and 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.