I graduated from The University of South Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. My first job was with Martin Marietta (now Lockheed Martin) designing laser guided, canon launched, rocket assisted artillery rounds. After a few years, I wanted to move back to Tampa and worked for Zurn Industries designing cooling systems for nuclear and fossil fuel power plants. The field I really wanted to be in was biomedical engineering and then had the opportunity to work for Johnson & Johnson designing and testing cardiovascular catheters. These are inserted either in your neck or groin and floated back in to your heart where they can take critical measurements and infuse caustic drugs (chemotherapy). I also worked for a small start up company which made similar products and was promoted to Production Manager. In these positions, I was a world class expert on both optimizing high volume, low pressure nozzles and optimizing frequency response and flow volume in multimumen catheters. Both of those distinctions are a lot less impressive than they sound as there were only a handful of people working on either technology.
I became restless and wanted to work for myself so I spent a year looking for a company to buy where I could use my engineering skills. In 1988, We purchased Universal Gear Corporation which included SIP Grinders. Eventually we sold or shut down the other divisions to focus on SIP. I have been designing and building grinders now for almost 30 years. I have met a lot of great people and learned much. When asked my opinion on a turf related project, I have to warn that I do not know anything about growing grass. I had two failed attempts at sodding my yard so I gave up and planted ground cover. I am also not an expert on cutting units but, by necessity, I do know a lot about them. I do believe that I know as much as anybody about grinders.
I have been married to my incredibly patient wife for almost forty years and we have two great kids, Anne who is a CPA at Price Waterhouse Coopers and Karl who is working on his own BSME at my alma mater while he runs the day to day operations at SIP. Anybody who knows me knows that I am quiet and maybe a little shy, unless you get me talking about my family or my grinders. Then you can’t shut me up. Hence this blog.