Tormach Employee Spotlight: Bob Miller, Logisticsby: Julie Henning
For most people, interfacing with Tormach involves two key departments: Technical Support and Sales. Bringing out an “Oz” from behind the curtain (so to speak), the new Employee Spotlight series introduces you to Tormach employees responsible for everyday business operations.
We start with Bob Miller, Logistics Manager and Tormach’s most veteran employee. Calling himself the ultimate logistics geek, Bob is a guru at getting things from Point A to Point B. We asked Bob a few questions about his job and what he loves to do when he’s off the clock .
- What is your “official” job title and how long have you worked at Tormach?
My official Tormach job title is Logistics Manager. I started working here the day after Christmas 2006.
- What do you like most about working at Tormach?
I really like the cohesiveness of my coworkers at Tormach. Our president, Greg Jackson, has taken great care in assembling some very special people. I truly look forward to coming to work each day—just ask anyone here or ask my wife Donna. Tormach is by far the best place I have ever worked.
- What’s the best part of your job?
I am the ultimate logistics geek. I look forward to seeing what new place we can sell a PCNC and then the challenge is working with the rest of the team and figuring out the best way to get it there.
- What’s the hardest part of your job?
For me, the hardest part of my job is when we decide to offer something new. I find it really difficult trying to figure out how many we should initially have available. I really get stressed when we are out of stock (just ask my coworkers).
- How do you spend your weekends?
I am a loyal United Methodist clergy spouse. I spend the majority of my free time deeply involved in the ministry of our local church. I’m also a huge Cubs and Bears fan.
- If you won the lottery, what would you do?
I haven’t thought too much about this, but I still would want to dabble in logistics and probably do more mission work.
- What is your favorite food/movie/band/book/hobby (pick one)?
Up until the end of last year, I was the moving director for the Wisconsin Conference of the United Methodist Church (still doing the logistics thing). We moved 50-60 newly appointed pastors to their new churches. I’m still looking for a new hobby or passion, but I plan to ride my bike more this summer.
- Tell us a joke.
Change is Difficult: One time a mom walked in on her six-year-old son who was crying. “What’s wrong?” she asked. “I just figured out how to tie my shoes,” he said. She replied, “Well, honey, that’s wonderful. You’re growing up. But why are you crying?” “Because,” he said, “now I’ll have to do it every day for the rest of my life.” (Change is difficult for us all.)
As an itinerate clergy spouse, I have had a very unique opportunity to work in many different environments, each having their own unique challenges. Before Tormach, I facilitated international logistics for huge compressors in the oil and gas industry, small engines, cork products, decorative hardware, and finally bathroom scales. I graduated from Western Illinois University, with a BA Degree.