February 9, 2016
Colleague Focus – Meet Michael Williams
This edition of our Colleague Focus is centered on Michael Williams.
This week we want to share a little bit about Michael Williams. Michael is a Materials Engineer assigned to our R&D Technical Center in Chagrin Falls, Ohio and has been working at Mar-Bal since January 2015. He graduated from the University of Akron with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering.
We asked Michael to share his favorite part about working for Mar-Bal. “I think because Mar-Bal is a relatively small company I get to take on a lot of different challenges and interact throughout the organization,” Michael responded. “I really enjoy that diversity.”
When asked what his proudest moment at Mar-Bal is Michael shared, “I’m proud of the fact that within a year of joining I am making recommendations about new technologies we are trying for compounding BCM, and that I’m making those recommendations on data that I have been trusted to gather.”
Being one of the newer faces at Mar-Bal, we wanted to know how Mar-Bal has helped with Michael’s career development.
“Getting to work with people who have been in this and other industries much longer than I have,
in the close knit environment that Mar-Bal has, is a great opportunity,” Michael responded. “I get to improve my technical knowledge while also seeing the practical perspectives that everyone has gained over time.”
One of our favorite questions to ask employees is who they look up to any why. Oftentimes, these role models make a lifetime impact. For Michael, this is also the case. “I look up to my dad,” Michael said. “He taught me a lot about how to navigate life, and I admire the way he pursues his goals and knows what is important for himself.”
Outside of the office Michael enjoys reading and playing games on his computer. Although he does not watch TV often, he always enjoys an episode of The Simpsons.
We also learned that Michael enjoys whipping up a meal in the kitchen. “If I’m cooking I really enjoy making a stir fry, it’s easy and I can pretty much throw whatever I want in and it’ll taste good,” Michael explained. “If I have the good fortune of my dad cooking though, nothing beats his venison kabobs.”
When life calls for a vacation Michael’s favorite spot is Los Angeles to visit his Aunt and Uncle. “The weather is great and you are only a few hours away from some great national parks like Joshua Tree or the Sequoia National Forest,” Michael said.
Thank you for sharing a little bit about yourself, Michael! We appreciate all of your hard work at Mar-Bal.