Can you remember your first day at Subcon Laser?
Absolutely, like it was yesterday. As I start my 25th year at Subcon, I can still recall my absolute amazement at what lasers were capable of producing and that feeling has never left me. As a sales engineer it was an Aladdin’s cave of potential as there was no industry I could not approach and say look at what we can do for you.
What’s been your most memorable moment over the last 25 years?
There have been a number of memorable moments but if I have to pick one it would be winning the Small Business of the Year award in 1995. It was the first award I had entered the company into and it was the most memorable evening.
What was the most challenging project you’ve worked on?
There are three projects that stick in my mind as being particularly challenging. The first being a former Tractor Gear Gate Plate which we produced on our 2 axis system saving our client a substantial amount of money. The second being a Rolls Royce Grille Header where we had to design and manufacture a fixture that maintained the shape of the part from a deep drawn highly polished stainless steel pressing. The third was a composite floor moulding for the yellow goods sector.
What do you think you’d be doing if you never started at Subcon Laser?
I think I would be a Manufacturing Consultant.
What’s your favourite part of your job?
Being involved with people and companies that design and produce some innovative products.
Name a project you would love Subcon Laser to be involved in
We are fortunate to be involved with all types of projects from OEM’s to architectural design houses. There are some we can talk about and others which are subject to a client confidentiality agreement, so I can’t really answer that one.
Where do you see Subcon Laser in 10 years time?
Continually evolving to meet the demands of the time.
Who has been your favourite company to work with over the last 25 years?
Impossible to answer as there have been so many over the years.
What makes Subcon Laser different to other laser cutting companies?
The knowledge and loyalty of its workforce, plus the company’s willingness to invest in the very latest technology available.
Have you ever been asked to laser cut any weird and wacky objects?
A table top that you could not actually put anything on due to its shape and form.
What is your favourite book?
I liked the George MacDonald Fraser series of books about Harry Flashman and Conn Iggulden’s historical novels.
Tea or coffee?
Favourite childhood memory?
Performing with my uncle in his band.
What’s the best gift you have ever received?
If someone takes the time and trouble to give me a gift then it is whatever I am given.
What item do you always have to have in your fridge?
I’m not that fussy.
What was the last film you saw at the cinema?
Do you have any hidden talents?
I am a trained vocalist.
If you could live off one meal for the rest of your life, what would you choose?
I enjoy a variety of dishes so I really can’t pick one.
Do you have any phobias?
Favourite holiday destination?
America is my favourite holiday destination due to the variety and extremes one encounters, from the sunny climes of California to the winter chills of Vermont. From the excesses of Las Vegas to the wonders of the Grand Canyon, America has something for everyone.
The Quiet Man
Lying Eyes by The Eagles
What irritates you?
Do you have any hobbies?
Photography, music and art