Employee Spotlight with Gary Slavonic

Employee Spotlight with Gary Slavonic

Employee Spotlight with Gary Slavonic

Gary Slavonic

  1. What is your role at Top Brands?
    1. I feel that providing the tools for our team members to be effective in their roles and enable them to continue providing top notch service to our customers is paramount to my role. As President of Top Brands, I get to set the tone for our overall direction and market strategy in this rapidly changing industry.
  2. What gets you out of bed in the morning?
    1. I really enjoy navigating the waters of this evolving industry and the challenges that each day brings.
  3. What is your biggest achievement to date – personal or professional?
    1. Watching my two kids grow up to be the successful adults they are today.
  4. What is the one thing about you few people know?
    1. My first job out of college was making eyeglasses. I can still smell the oils and coolants that were used to grind and fit lenses.
  5. What does true leadership mean to you?
    1. Having the conviction and fearlessness to set the overall direction and the ability to listen to differing views defines what it means to be a leader. Leadership is about knowing the strengths of our team and myself, and making sure that I am setting us all up to succeed.
  6. What would you do for a career if you weren’t doing this?
    1. I recently made a trip through the Rockies, and having a career that would have allowed me to spend more time in that beautiful part of the country would have been pretty cool.
  7. What is your favorite line from a movie?
    1. There are always going to be times when no amount of pre-planning and preparation can prepare you for the curveballs this industry can throw at you any given day.  This is why I love the quote from Argo where Jack says, “This is the best bad plan we have, sir.”
  8. What drew you to Top Brands? And how has Top Brands changed since?
    1. I have always respected Top Brands and Norma Jean’s leadership in the industry. I really felt like Pam and I had won the lottery when we bought the company. I feel like we have helped to evolve the company culture here at Top Brands while respecting the great history here.
  9. What is on your wish list for the next five years with Top Brands?
    1. I want to continue to grow and strengthen the fantastic relationship we have with our customers and showcase all that Top Brands brings to the table to companies that are just discovering us. Exceptional employees always equal exceptional customer service and I want to keep providing a work environment that allows our team to flourish.
  10. Now that you’ve had some time to adjust to the Wisconsin lifestyle, what’s one “Wisconsin” thing you still can’t get used to?
    1. The “Wisconsin” accent, even though I’m pretty sure that most of our team is still getting used to mine.

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