Unifrax Celebrates Seven Role Models of its Core Values
According to Unifrax, these seven individuals are visible role models who live its Core Values on a daily basis.
Unifrax ended its recent 2019 Global Leadership Conference with the first-ever Unifrax Core Values Role Model Awards Celebration. The night was dedicated to seven individuals who are visible role models and who live the Unifrax Core Values on a daily basis. Unifrax reintroduced its Core Values across the global company of 2,500+ employees in 2017.
“This night is all about these seven people who practice our values every day,” said John Dandolph, president and CEO. “We believe when the Core Values are part of all we do, we will achieve extraordinary results and have a positive impact on the whole organization. If we could all pause and look at these individuals and follow their example, imagine the company we will be.”
Chosen from more than 55+ nominations from every country in the world, the winners honored were:
- Joy Ye, Finance and HR Manager—Ye joined Unifrax in 2005 as an accountant and has taken on progressively higher roles within the organization during her tenure. She was promoted to her current role of finance and HR manager in 2010. Ye reportedly feels that Unifrax has given her a number of great opportunities to grow both personally and professionally in her 13-year career there.
- Mike Rivera, Line Operator, Tonawanda Pirson Manufacturing—Rivera joined Unifrax in 2018 at the Pirson Plant in Tonawanda as a line operator. He has over 12 years of manufacturing experience as a machine operator, mostly in die cutting and more recently as a multi-station coater. Today, his responsibilities include preparing solution for spinning and working with the team to ensure the systems are working together to produce a quality product.
- Suhas Patil, TM Commercial Leader, India—Patil started at RSI and SCI in 1992; he formally joined Unifrax when the businesses’ strategic partnership culminated with Unifrax purchasing both businesses. Patil began his career in the field of vacuum-forming in India in the early 1980s. After graduating and gaining valuable experience at Fireline, Inc. and Ferro Corp., he joined RSI and SCI. After the acquisition, Patil became sales manager for the Unifrax Vacuum-Forming Business Unit. Last year, he accepted additional responsibility to be the commercial leader of Thermal Management for India Region. Suhas was also recognized as this year’s prestigious Unifrax President’s Award recipient. The President’s Award is given to the Unifrax employee who demonstrates the values in every facet of their lives, in addition to positively impacting business growth and demonstrating outstanding business performance.
- Bernadette Vinello, HR Manager, South Africa—Vinello joined Unifrax in 2006 as a creditors clerk in the South Africa Office and has proceeded to take on larger roles in her 13-year tenure with the company. She is currently an HR manager and has been in the role for eight years. Vinello reportedly loves working at Unifrax and the challenges of the plant environment and a global company.
- Ranjit Malli, FP&A Finance Manager (CHQ)—Malli joined Unifrax in 2011 as a financial analyst when Unifrax was still headquartered in Niagara Falls, N.Y. He is currently the FP&A manager-Sales and Marketing for the EMT group. Malli has had the opportunity to hold a number of positions within the company during his more than seven years at Unifrax, including a number of project roles.
- Daryl Clendenen, Operations Manager, Ohio—Clendenen joined Unifrax in 2015 as operations manager for Ohio and has worked to bring the individual plants together as a team. He began his career with Saint-Gobain as a process engineer. He then spent nearly 25 years at Monofrax in Falconer, N.Y., in a variety of positions, including global sales and a GM role.
- Deb Myers, Director, Global Integrated Marketing Communications (CHQ)—Myers joined Unifrax initially in 1990 and then returned in 2017, for a total of 12 years contributing to the evolution of the company’s marketing. She has worked in a marketing communication role for over 30 years. She started out in advertising in Buffalo and later joined Carborundum in 1990, working for the Fibers Division, Monofrax and Structural Ceramics. Myers left Unifrax in 1999 to work with IBM. She returned to Unifrax in 2017 with a breadth of skills in digital technology to lead the digital transformation of the marketing communication process. She also worked on the original creation, design and launch campaign of the Unifrax name back in 1996.
The nine Unifrax Core Values include: Workplace and Product Safety, Ethics, People, Meet our Commitments, Customer Focus, Innovation, Continuous Improvement, Teamwork, and Speed and Agility. For more information, visit www.unifrax.com.