Harry's journey started at Coughlin High School in Wilkes-Barre, PA, where he immersed himself in Diesel Mechanics at Wilkes Barre Area Vo-Tech. After high school, he served in the U.S. Army in an Infantry unit and received training as a Military Police in Fort Knox, KY. He later joined the National Guard and, in 2005, began his career at the Cornell and Cookson manufacturing facility in Mountain Top, PA.
As the receiving supervisor for Clopay Corporation, Harry ensures the efficient handling of received items. He’s also responsible for training employees, assigning duties, developing work procedures, maintaining the receiving area, and record-keeping.
"Working with awesome people every day and being on a great team are what make me excited to come to work every day," he shared. Harry explained that ultimately, he’s driven by the desire to become a leader that his coworkers can look up to. Seeing others succeed is the most rewarding aspect of his career.
Also at the heart of Harry's role is collaboration."Collaboration is a big deal. It's about getting to know everyone, working together with different skills and ideas, and sharing not just work, but also talking about families and life outside the job."
Every day brings new adventures for Harry. "You have to get creative when building custom-sized doors. You have to think outside of the box,” he said.
Harry often thinks back to challenges that he encountered and how his team persevered. He reflected on the collective strength during the COVID-19 pandemic. Navigating uncertainties, supporting sick associates, and managing the impact on both work and personal life required resilience, and he's proud of his team for overcoming those hurdles.
One of Harry’s most challenging projects involved building the layout for the Cornell and Cookson warehouse expansion in 2019. The collaborative effort and the satisfaction of seeing the finished project solidified the experience as one of his most fulfilling to date.
In the future, Harry sees himself continuing to lead and contribute to Clopay Corporation's growth.
Reflecting on opportunities in the door industry, Harry emphasizes the versatility it offers. From welding to machine operation and leadership, the industry presents a variety of skill sets to learn and master.
For aspiring supervisors, Harry imparts this valuable advice: "Don’t be afraid to take chances and always set goals. If you believe in yourself and your goals, you will be successful."