S: TO A GREAT LEADER AND FRIEND - APRIL/2011
BC: The End
FC: The best leader PPG IC marketing will ever have... | For Steven...
1: "The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart." Elizabeth Foley
2: Angela Behrens Meet Angela: Great appreciation for great creative; Empathic; World traveler Can’t live without: my BlackBerry; my camera; chap stick; coffee; candy; Google I would rather be: on the beach, traveling the world, taking a nap, dancing, shopping One thing that you might not know about me: I love to cook pasta and wine are the perfect end to any day Good memory about Steven: going to Milwaukee to check out the restaurant and brewery for our April 2010 meeting tasting food and sampling beer, it’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it. Farewell message: It’s been so great working for you. I’ve known you pretty much since I started at PPG, and have secretly followed you to each SBU you moved to, lol. It was great to finally work directly for you; you taught me a lot about creative thinking and how to just get things done. I’m going to miss IC marketing’s best cheerleader!
5: Carla Torquato Meet Carla: Passionate about people; Color & Trends; diversity Can’t live without: my babies; my camera; my Flip; chocolate; internet; my e-reader; my iPhone; Facebook; HGTV I would rather be: at Disney with my babies, in Brazil with my family, dancing, watching movies, shopping One thing that you might not know about me: I love paper craft, I use it to organize my babies B-day parties. I craft everything from invitations to Thank You notes. Good memory about Steven: "Power gambling" in Vegas between Voice of the Customer Interviews; sliders / samplers for lunch or dinner; Zip-Line at old Vegas. Farewell message: It’s been so great working for and with you. You remembered me how fun is to do marketing and taught me how to think outside the box!!! It's just impossible not to smile by your side. I’m going to miss our best "marketeer"!
7: Sharon Bird Meet Sharon: Works hard, plays hard; young at heart; always running to do something Can’t live without: My 3 Kids, My Minivan, Calendar, Staying Busy, Reality TV (Dancing With the Stars/The Bachelor/The Apprentice) & Good Food I would rather be: In Las Vegas! (MGM playing slots until all hours/dancing at Studio 54 after sneaking in); at the beach with my family; taking a walk One thing you might not know about me: I HATE sushi! (Steve knows well), I like to golf and love carnivals! Good memory about Steven: There are so many! “WHEEL OF FORTUNE”, “Mind Eraser”, “Fruit Salad, Yummy Yummy!” Has to be playing slots with Steve in Vegas until our fingers turned black or the time we were dragging our luggage all over NYC before heading to the airport to find the deli that makes the really large sandwiches (1 lb meat each) and sharing a really large piece of cheesecake! (Can you tell we both love to eat!) He is the best travel buddy. During the work day (on trips) our quote is “Walk and Talk!” and in the evenings when everyone else is ready for bed, our quote is “Sleep when you're dead!” Farewell message: You have been such a major part of my best memories at PPG, all the CMT shows we traveled to and the creative ways we get something done, usually for free! You have taught me so much and if I don’t know something by now, I’ll just think “What would Steve do? Or How would Steve make this happen.” You can leave knowing what a wonderful impact you have had on so many people at PPG and now move on to another adventure. Best of luck to my good friend!
8: ANDY MESHANKO Meet Andy Meshanko - a.k.a. "The Shank": I'm happy working on a team that likes to get stuff done! Can’t live without: Jesus, The Bible, Laurie, AJ, Adam, Luke, people... I would rather be: watching Steve and Sharon play "Wheel of Fortune" in Vegas... One thing that you might not know about me: I started working at PPG on my sister's birthday... Good memory about Steven: The times together down at Katz and that Steve is "real" and not "fake" :) Farewell message: I'll miss your positive creative driving energy that you bring to every project. You are a marketing genius that knows how to size up a situation in a completely unique way from most others! I very much enjoyed working with you! God bless you and your family! You will be missed!
10: Noah Lohr Meet (Noah): All things marketing, just do it attitude, eye for detail, learn on the fly, Can’t live without: Internet, friends and family, broomball, Steve’s Kuerig, the Pens I would rather be: on a cruise, in Las Vegas with Steve, at the Holiday Inn Strongsville (Akzo rate) One thing that you might not know about me: I’ve been outsourcing all my work to India for the past 3 years Good memory about Steven: 10 hour trip to Toronto in a rear wheel drive car through a blizzard with a naturalized citizen without ID to see a bankrupt customer Farewell message: Thanks for teaching me the ropes and always having my back. Your passion and enthusiasm will be missed! Best boss I’ve ever had at PPG.
12: Laurie Mackenzie Meet Laurie: I do a little bit of a lot of different things in sales and marketing – Very passionate about what I do for a living – Have always been easily motivated Can’t live without: Gardening – Cooking – Taking mini vacations to different cities I would rather be: Walking my dog in the park – reading a good book Good memory about Steven: Several months ago I needed to spend some quality one-on-one time with my boss. I hitched a ride to a staff meeting and drove back to Cleveland with Steve. I knew that he had no intention of waiting until we reached Cleveland to have dinner, but I had every intention of eating Italian on Chagrin Blvd, so every half hour I encouraged him to wait just a little longer. The spaghetti and meat balls were great! Farewell message: Steve, you built a great organization in a company that did not yet realize how valuable marketing is to sales. You very skillfully lead a diverse group of individuals to a common goal. Your passion, expertise, and support will be missed. Thank you for the past year and the very best of luck to you and your family.
15: Scott Bastian Meet Scott: Loves to play hockey, Fish in his spare time with the kids, Is passionate about good coffee, Is a devoted family man, and participates in charity work every Saturday morning with his son or daughter. Can’t live without his: Blackberry, Starbucks and Sushi. I would rather be: Relaxing at Hilton Head Island surfing or fishing with the kids, playing hockey with my buddies or going for a walk with my wife. One thing you might not know about me: I am an avid fly fisherman and spend hours tying his own flies in the winter in preparation for the next fishing season Good memory about Steve: My favorite quote from Steve “It’s just paint!” Farewell message: I Wish you all the best in your future endeavors and hope our paths will cross again.
16: Barry Keating Meet Barry: Married to Laurie, two children Matt (age 30) and Cassidy (age 20). Social beast, love the customers. Passionate about Powder Coatings which I’ve been involved in for most of my 28 year PPG career. Can’t live without: My golf clubs, my cottage on Lake Erie, our large family, steaks on the grill, fine wine (after a Grey Goose), an occasional trip to the casino. I would rather be: golfing, fishing, boating, or planning for future retirement in Arizona. One thing you may not know about me: I can organize a party with the best of them, start to finish. Good memory about Steven: I love his passion for marketing and the business, and some of the trips I’ve made with him, especially Southern California and Vegas. Farewell Message: Steve, I don’t think this is farewell, but rather a good luck with your new venture which we will still cross paths. It was a pleasure working with you, I’ve learned much from you and I think you’ve also learned from me. I have no doubt you will be successful moving forward, I will miss your friendship and enthusiasm during your tenure at PPG. See you soon..
19: Randy Campbell Meet Randy Campbell: Product manager e-coat, Like developing long term relationships with customers (doing VOC helps this process). Can’t live without: Playing baseball in my “old-timers’ league (Over age 40), Roy’s Polynesian Fusion Restaurant (Orlando-great seafood with an Hawaiian flare), Meomei Pinot Noir, Experimenting with wine/food pairings. I would rather be: Traveling with my wife on vacation to island locations, socializing with church small group, and relaxing on our deck during summer evenings. One thing that you might not know about me: Converted part of neighboring lot of land to vegetable garden. Good memory about Steven: Steve’s dynamic personality and his enthusiasm for marketing much needed in GI. Farewell message: Don’t allow career aspirations to change your priorities. Faith and family come before work!
20: Scott Laney Meet Scott: Hate procrastination, wasting time. Can’t Live Without: My family, My OES, Fine Wine, Italian Food I Would Rather Be: No where better than I have already Been One Thing That You Might Not Know About Me: I Coach Youth Football and Wrestling. Good Memory about Steven: IT”S JUST PAINT Farewell Message: Steve, thanks for all the guidance and instruction the past year. I certainly learned a lot from you and plan to put this into place daily throughout my career.
21: John Zbiegien Meet John: I am the Product Manager for some of the special global projects for Industrial Coatings as well as our fastener and zinc rich coatings programs. I was part of the Man-Gill acquisition in 1997. I have held sales and product management positions for PPG during my time here. I am based in Cleveland Ohio which is where I grew up and my family still lives. Can't Live Without: I love to play golf and try to get out whenever I can. Usually I play golf with my brothers once a week. I am an average golfer that thinks I am better than I really am at golf. I would rather be: Eating Italian food and drinking a good bottle of wine. Good memory about Steve: Is watching him across my desk trying to get the golf ball on the tee in the water globe. We had a 60 minute meeting and he would try it and put it down and try it again and put it down. Whenever he came into my office he had to try to get the ball on the tee. He never did! He should know that another employee has been in my office and did get it on the tee in the first 60 seconds of trying!!! Farewell Message: Steve, I wish you well. It was a good year and even though we did not spend a lot of time together I did learn something from you. I appreciate your support for me during the year. I know that you will be successful in your new job. Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you in the future.
23: Good Memories... Good Challenges... Good Friends... Your passion for Marketing will be truly missed...