Today we sat down with Bob Leitgabel, director of supply chain at VSG. Bob has been a big part of our success and has helped us build strong relationships throughout the industry. It's employees like Bob that make Rotary Lift what is is today. Take a few minutes to meet Bob, one of Rotary’s Force Behind the Lift.Q: How long have you been with Rotary Lift?
Bob: In January I will have been here 2 years
Q: What do you enjoy about your job?
Bob: It is an understatement to say I have a great team, thus I am able to enjoy working on strategies and project executions that move us forward.
Q: What is your background in procurement?
Bob: I have been doing both sales and procurement negotiating for 28 years.
Q: What is something unique to supply chain/procurement that many people wouldn’t know?
Bob: Long term success is really developing long term relationships with suppliers that are beneficial to both parties. Many people think our role is to just beat suppliers up. That is a short trip to death for both parties.
Q: During your work career or personal life what are you most proud of?
Bob: My wife and I raised 5 wonderful daughters whom we are very proud of. They have now all married and we are enjoying the blessings of grandchildren and having adult relationships with our daughters and son-in-laws.
Professionally I have 30 years of operations and sales experience and have been involved in a lot of successful teams and had the privilege to be CEO for a group of folks who did amazing things in tough times.
Q: What is one fun fact about you that people may not know?
Bob: I have a master degree in Religion and am a pastor for Liberty Baptist Church in Greensburg, Indiana - where my wife and I serve a wonderful group of people.
Q: What do you enjoy doing in your time away from work?
Bob: Spending time with my wife. I have had very demanding jobs over the years and we worked to raise our family. Now we have some time to spend for us.
Q: Do you have any hobbies?
Bob: Yes, camping and woodworking. Last year we bought a motorhome and are enjoying seeing the Indiana countryside.
Q: If you purchased one Rotary Lift product what would it be? Why?
Bob: An SPOA10, I think that autos are becoming tighter and tighter to work on and I think that this left gives me optimum access to the tough places I need to get to with a lift that provides maximum safety.