David McPeters: Bringing a Wealth of Experience to Our Sales Team

ProfessionalDavid McPeters has recently joined SMW Autoblok as Regional Sales Manager for Alabama, Tennessee and Mississippi. He brings 37 years of manufacturing experience to his new position. That includes stints in quality control, product engineering and service. For the past 21 years, he worked as Manufacturing Engineer, supporting a machine shop with tooling, programming, ergonomics, safety, machine purchases, etc. This broad-based background gives him outstanding insights into what our customers need to turn out quality products.

Speaking of quality, David was highly impressed with SMW Autoblok products after talking with Regional Sales Manager Calvin Macomber and local distributors. When he heard of the open sales position here, he jumped at the chance to see how life would be like on the other side of the business.

Walking the Walk
His background makes him uniquely qualified to meet the objectives for his new role in consulting and finding solutions for his new customer base. For example, his previous company was using an old broaching machine that took two operators two hours to set up. The set up involved standing on a step stool and reaching into the working mechanism, which consisted of a 3-foot long bar with three naked blades on each side! David researched and purchased two new VCMs to replace the old equipment. The operation now is common tooling with easy setup – just change the program out. Set up has been reduced to ten minutes and a severe safety situation has been avoided. Oh, by the way, the cost savings was a whopping $650,000 plus!

DisneyA Great Start
This kind of hands on knowledge, along with his easy-going nature, is sure to make David popular with the customers in his region. He credits the SMW Autoblok sales team with providing him with the tools and support he needed to get started. “Everyone here has gone above and beyond to make me feel at home,” he remarked. He appreciates the open door policy that enabled him to get answers to his questions in a timely manner. Another pleasant surprise was to find out just how much fun these guys can be. “They laugh a lot,” he said. “About the only things they take seriously are our customers and the product line.”

Free Time Activities
David has been a gym rat most of his life. Weight training keeps him in top shape, helps him maintain his health and is a great stress reducer.

Another important part of David’s life is his involvement with Gideons International. While you may know them from the Bible in your hotel room, the organization provides New Testaments to schools, nursing homes, prisons, hospitals and military bases, among other locations. In fact, in 2017, they presented over 80 million Bibles to various sites. David travels to churches, spreading the Word and educating them about the group’s goals and accomplishments.