2014 Engineering Leader Under 40: Jeff Winter
Safety Business Manager, North America; Grantek Systems Integration; Oak Brook, Ill.
Jeff Winter, 31
Safety Business Manager, North America
Grantek Systems Integration
Oak Brook, Ill.
Education: BS Electrical Engineering Technology, Purdue University
Within Jeff Winter’s first year at Grantek he has driven change in the company’s organizational structure and its culture. His ability to bring leadership is the combination of his personal drive for continuing education, his passion for doing the right things for clients, his ability to integrate future trends with customer needs, and his strength in establishing relationships internally and externally. He is recognized as a subject matter expert in machine safety and a business leader by clients, coworkers, and industry groups. Last year, Jeff hosted an all-day Safety Peer Networking Event, where he both created the content and recruited all 26 corporate/director-level attendees.
Global travel is Jeff’s non-work passion. At least once a year he tries to venture outside of the country. He enjoys learning about the history, as well as, the local culture on each of his trips. Jeff’s interest in technology, engineering, and safety are not limited to his career. He chooses his cars based on a lot of the same criteria (with the additional criteria of horsepower). He enjoys driving cars with state-of-the-art technology and always finds ways to use every bit and byte the vehicle has to offer.
Why choose this career path?
Jeff has always enjoyed meeting new people, exploring new places, and learning how all the "things" around us are made. Jeff started his career as a sales engineer where he was able to combine these interests. Through his exploration he has developed a passion in making machinery safe, productive, and compliant. This has lead to being able to build a more successful business practice internally and ultimately make a positive impact on the industry of safety as a whole.
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