Employee Spotlight: Fred Branquinho
If you think of a profession, Fred has probably performed it in some capacity. He's worked in restaurants, clothing factories, sheet metal shops, construction and the government to mention just a few. We'll talk more about what he does today later in the interview. The broad industry experience is impressive but even more so is that at each Company where Fred was employed he promoted very quickly, sometimes in as little as two weeks. That gives an employer very little time to evaluate one's ability to perform but Fred's reputation for quick success is clear!
Fred grew up in Massachusetts and has resided here his entire life with the exception of the two years he spent living in Delaware for work obligations. His work often took him away from home but he had some great experience traveling to the corners of the globe to places like Africa and the Gulf of Mexico.
Safety is a core value here at Design Mark. Fred shared that keeping workplace injuries and now, sicknesses at bay is what makes him most proud. Design Mark has reached 394 days without an injury and that number keeps ticking! He has implemented countless lean manufacturing solutions that go hand in hand with safety; for example, encouraging employees to share if they see something that may be hazardous in any way and implementing quick corrective actions.
Fred is an integral part of the safety committee and as a result of the pandemic his role in this perspective has grown significantly. Very early on Fred was strategizing a way to keep the business running and workforce healthy. He sanitizes the entire facility daily so folks can safely perform their jobs. Fred's ability to adapt coupled with his forward thinking began procedures like temperature checks before they were a thing.