Today we sat down with Brian Kelley, global manager research & development, with Rotary Lift®. Brian is an integral part of our consistency around the globe. Brian is a key part of all development and the implementation of getting new products off the ground. Brian also helps test our exisitng and new products to ensure they meet and exceed our expectations. It's employees like Brian that make Rotary Lift what is is today. Take a few minutes to meet Brian, one of Rotary’s Force Behind the Lift.
Brian: 26 years, this coming January.
Q: What do you enjoy about your job?
Brian: The people I work with making our product and the importance of making the product safe for the end user.
Q: What is your background in research and development?
Brian: I have done the same job for the 25 + years; OJT! I started working in a garage (Mel’s Standard) when I was 12. In the summer I worked 60 hours a week for a dollar and hour. I learned a lot about lifting and working on cars. I did oil changes and tire work.
Q: Through your travels – what is one lesson you’ve learned?
Brian: Always be precise; no room for deviation in my job.
Q: During your work career or personal life what are you most proud of?
Brian: My family; I have a wife who teaches and a 13 year old daughter; they are what drives me.
I am also particularly proud of my military service as a Light Infantry Squad Leader. I served from 1983-1987 and was a Light-fighter with the Wolfhounds (3/27 INF) at Ft. Ord, CA. The picture, from 1986, was taken in Honduras with my good friend CSM Chris Fields (ret). The friendships I developed continue today with the best group of soldiers you could imagine!
This photo was taken in Honduras while conducting missions and training with their Army. In this picture, Chris Fields and I were at the Mayors house explaining to him that we would be in the area that night; tell his village to STAY HOME. I'm holding a baby pig and the mother was running around going ape-shit. That night, Chris sat on an ant hill and got the crap bit out of him.....aw, great memories.
Q: What is one fun fact about you that people may not know?
Q: What do you enjoy doing in your time away from work?
Brian: I like to target shoot and ride ATV’s and UTV’s.
Q: Do you have any hobbies?
Brian: Yes; shooting and riding.
Q: If you purchased one Rotary Lift product what would it be? Why?
Brian: I have an original SPOA10 in my garage; it does everything I need to do as far as vehicle maintenance.