Geno Fleming is a man of few words. He’s a first pressman at Arandell’s newly-opened facility in Walton, Kentucky – which is just south of Cincinnati. He was hired about a year ago, roughly 6 months after the Kentucky facility opened but is a 30+ year vet in the printing industry.
Geno prefers to let his work ethic and daily attitude do the talking for him, and they certainly have if you ask anyone that knows him. He came highly recommended from his peers and supervisors at the Kentucky facility because he’s not afraid to roll up his sleeves and do whatever it takes to get the job done.
We could continue to share more about Geno and the amazing work he’s done since joining the team, but instead, we’ll let the words Geno did speak to us do that instead. Here’s more about Geno Fleming, the Arandell A-Team member we’re spotlighting for August.
Tell us more about your background.
I have 31+ years in the printing industry, working for several different printers throughout Ohio and Kentucky before coming to the Walton, Kentucky plant at Arandell just over a year ago. At the time, I wasn’t even looking for a job. I was working on some things around the house, not really paying attention and heard the phone ring. It was a recruiter from Arandell who was impressed with my previous experience in print and offered me a day shift position on the spot. The opportunity was too good to pass up so I took it.
What’s the number one reason you’ve stayed?
The day shift position was obviously very appealing to me, but the biggest reason I’ve stayed and have enjoyed my time here is because of the opportunity. I want to be a part of the success story at the Kentucky location for Arandell, especially since it’s the first time in Arandell’s history that we’ve had a second location.
What are your day-to-day responsibilities?
My official job title is “first press operator”, meaning I’m responsible for running the press – which is a Sunday 3000 – and also managing the press crew. I’m responsible for maintaining all aspects of the machine during my shift, which includes safety, production, quality, maintenance and general housekeeping and cleaning.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
The people I work with is definitely the most enjoyable part of my job. We are all in this to succeed and help the company grow. The A-Team we have here at Arandell is always willing to help out and support one another.
What do you like to do for fun outside of work?
Outside of work, I really enjoy restoring old cars and going to car shows. I’m an American-made kind of guy so Ford is my brand of choice. If I had to choose my favorite model to work on it’d have to be an older Mustang, but anything from the early years is just icing on the cake. I just really appreciate some of the American classics and those are also the models that always stand out at car shows.
What’s your favorite vending machine snack/drink?
Mountain Dew is my favorite drink from the vending machine. I usually get one every day.
Favorite music genre, band or artist?
I don’t have a favorite band or anything, but I really enjoy 80’s music. I’ll listen to just about anything from that era back when music was played on boom boxes.
Favorite TV show or movie?
The Andy Griffith Show is my favorite show of all time. It’s another classic from back in the day that just reminds me of and makes me miss the simpler times.
Final Question: How do you define success? In my opinion, the definition of success is being the very best you can be at your job. It’s when you go home at the end of the day and know that you have given your job 100%. It’s when you feel good about the decisions you made during the workday and have an appreciation for what you got accomplished. To become successful, I believe you need to be open-minded about change in all areas of life. You need to accept and embrace diversity and believe in what you’re doing. That’s what it means to have success and become successful.