Employee Profile: David, Continuous Improvement Supervisor, Clif Bar Baking Company of Indianapolis
Title: Continuous Improvement Supervisor, Clif Bar Baking Company of Indianapolis
Hire Date: 6/2017
How would you describe what you do to someone who knows nothing about Clif Bar or your role?
I participate in projects that make my fellow Clifster’s jobs better through improvements to processes and machines. I also improve their job satisfaction through daily encouragement, following up on suggestions, and just being there to listen.
What do you love most about working at Clif Bar?
I get to work on projects that I’m excited about plus I know I share in the successes we produce for Clif Bar through the ESOP program.
What are your interests and passions outside of work?
I enjoy cooking for my family, gardening, and teaching my three children new things (like fishing!).
What is one of your most memorable food experiences?
I traveled a lot in the Navy, and one of my favorite food experiences was at a lunch in Korea where we got to try about 40 different local dishes. Most I hadn’t had before, so I wasn’t sure at first, but it turned out to be amazing.
What has been or will be your greatest adventure?
I hope to take my family on a long RV vacation to the National Parks out West. I was able to visit Zion National park and a few others with my younger brother a few years ago, and really want to go back.
What is your United States Armed Forces Background?
My older brother and I both went to Notre Dame on Navy ROTC scholarships. I appreciate him going first and joining the submarine community so he could confirm I’d visit a lot more fun places by choosing Surface ships. I spent four years as a Surface Warfare Officer, two on the Harper’s Ferry (LSD-49) out of Sasebo Japan and two on the Klakring (FFG-42) out of Jacksonville Florida. When sailing out of Japan to do exercises with the Marines we got to stop in a lot of great ports around Southwest Asia. Then on the Klakring we went on two deployments, one around South America and another to the Black Sea, stopping in a lot of ports around Europe. So, I definitely got to “see the world” and appreciate my time serving, but it’s also great to be out and back home.