Manager Jason Wengert is a true good news story. Nearly 20 years ago, while simultaneously growing his family, he rose through the ranks at Western Window Systems and is now responsible for managing the hinge and bi-fold door departments.
“His vast knowledge surpasses that of everyone on the floor,” says production manager Chris Allgood. “To this day, Jason is passionate about the work. He makes sure things get done right.”
Wengert started his career with Western Window Systems in 1998. He left for a few years to work in the HVAC industry, but when he found he wasn’t spending as much time with his family as he’d like, he came back to the company in 2014.
“Jason’s a lean-thinking manager,” says Dean Seger, vice president of manufacturing. “He sees ten steps and he’s thinking about how to turn them into eight or nine.”
Wengert’s the first to say he’s successful because of his team and his coworkers, but Allgood says that compliment goes both ways. By giving his team the right information to complete jobs, teaming up with other departments and managers and readjusting his schedule to achieve production goals, Wengert demonstrates accountability, flexibility, and a willingness to get his hands dirty to solve problems.
“Jason is a great manager on many levels,” says Allgood. “Not only does he tackle issues within his own area, he helps other departments as well. And that makes us a better company.”
Congratulations to Jason Wengert, Western Window Systems’ manager of the quarter.
Learn more about Jason Wengert by reading his Q&A below:
Where did you grow up?
What song best sums you up?
“Break Stuff” by Limp Bizkit.
What is your favorite sport to watch/play?
What are your hobbies?
Fishing, camping, and hiking.
Who do you look up to/admire?
Where do you most want to travel, but have never been?
If money was no object, what would you do all day?
Raise horses on my ranch.
What is your favorite family recipe?
What is your biggest success up until now?
Eighteen years ago, I started in the saw department and worked my way up into a leadership position.
What’s your favorite part of working at Western Window Systems?
The people and my crew. I’m successful because of the people I work with -- especially the guys under me.