My name is Dave Tipton. My current position at Printpack Rigid in Williamsburg, Virginia is a Maintenance Mechanic. I have been with Rigid for 9 years in August. In my off time I enjoy fishing and beekeeping.
Who is your hero?
My son, Hunter, is my biggest Hero. The reason I say that is because he is growing up in a much different world than the world I grew up in. The pressure of growing up today is a lot heavier than when I was his age. Despite all of this pressure, he managed to graduate from High School with honors and will be attending Christopher Newport University in the fall. He has been an inspiration for me to better myself.
Time truly does fly. I can’t believe it’s already been two weeks since I started interning at Printpack.
My first week was a bit of a whirlwind as I had to get used to both the general Printpack routines and keeping a 9 to 5 (or in my case, 8 to 4) schedule.
Each day at Printpack, I meet with people in different positions and departments to get a sense of what they do and to see whether or not it interests me. On only my second day, I had the honor of meeting with Dennis Love, the CEO, which on top of being super informative was simply really cool. I mean, how many other interns get to meet with the CEO of the company?
This second week, I’ve expanded from just meeting with people to sitting in on meetings, attending a business writing workshop, helping out around the office with filling and entering data into the system. Additionally, I took certain assessments and online modules typically given to prospective or new employees, as well as the newest lesson from their online learning portal, Bug University. I love how with so many classes offered both in real life and through the portal, the company supports the idea that we never really stop learning no matter how highly ranked or old we are.
One of the things I’ve noticed after just two weeks is how open and friendly everyone is here. Printpack creates a social and supportive environment, with a family feel that permeates the company’s culture and stems from its private family ownership. Despite being an intern, I feel welcomed and trusted. I never would have thought I could enjoy and learn so much from a summer internship but working at Printpack is proving me wrong.
Did you know? Printpack’s first “plant” consisted of two rooms!
(Source: “Lasting Impressions”)