2011 Leader Under 40: Thomas Sheridan, 31

Stamping Operations Manager, Weiss-Aug, Inc.

09/01/2011


Thomas Sheridan, 31

Stamping Operations Manager, Weiss-Aug, Inc.

Years at Weiss-Aug, Inc.: 6

Supervisor: Dan Cifarelli

Education: BS Industrial Management Systems Engineering, West Virginia University

Thomas’ contributions: “Tom has made many achievements in our manufacturing operations that have benefited the company’s performance and ability to compete on a world class level. He is well respected by even our most seasoned team members including his direct report, Andrew Campagna, Stamping Press Room Foreman, who has been with the company for more than 30 years. Andrew feels that Tom’s engineering background contributes to his excellent problem solving skills. He also mentions that Tom excels at team building through leading by example and putting trust in his team members. Tom arrived at the company shortly after it had gone through some economic difficulties and business challenges in the industry. Tom brought with him a different perspective and visions of a world class company that can compete in all markets.”

Why a career in manufacturing? “Early during my childhood, I knew manufacturing was a profession that I was destined to be in. In my years as a young child, I was always fascinated by the intricacies of machines and what it was that made them work. There was one occasion that I can vividly remember that had sealed my fate as a manufacturing engineer. I was four years old and was with my mother at the shopping mall. We somehow got detached and that is where my curiousness took over and I found myself at the escalator staring calmly at the technician as he repaired the broken section. My mother, who knew I was not interested in the merry-go-round or toy store like most little boys, eventually found me where she thought I would be; staring blindly at the inner workings of a piece of machinery. Ever since then I have been fascinated by how things work and what makes them work.”

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