Name: Jim DeFife
Location: Spear Mason, Ohio
Current Position: Head of Constantia Label Technical Operations
How long have you been with the company? 13 years
What does your typical day involve?
I am actively involved in the development of new business opportunities. I work with my team, sales, customers and vendors on a daily basis to bring these new opportunities to market.
What do you like best about your job?
Developing new products and growing the business.
How did you get started in this industry?
I started my career with a supplier of PVC resin and moved to Avery Dennison where I became involved in the pressure sensitive adhesive market. I worked with Avery for 23 years prior to joining Spear.
What are your favorite sports or pastimes?
I thoroughly enjoy spending time with my family, especially my two grandchildren (plus one on the way)! I am also an avid golfer and movie enthusiast.
Do you have a favorite sports team that you root for?
Cincinnati Bengals football team.
What would people be surprised to know about you?
I am 64 years young and play the trumpet.
What is your favorite band, movie, or book?
My favorite movies are science fiction adventures, especially Marvel and DC Comics characters.
What was your favorite holiday/vacation?
I enjoy vacationing with my family and grandchildren at the beach but my favorite was a ten day African Safari in Kenya and Tanzania with my wife and close friends.
What’s the best career advice you’ve ever received?
There were two pieces of advice I received early in my career which have been most valuable. First was that the quality of people you surround yourself with is often more important than your own abilities. Wherever I have gone, I have prided myself in developing a strong team around me. The second bit of valuable advice I received was to not let barriers stop you from achieving your goal. You need to find a way to overcome those barriers to accomplish your objectives.