Racing to the Challenge with Chris Griffith – Dion Account Manager
In a continuing series of blog posts to introduce our Account Management Team, we sat down with Chris Griffith, an Account Manager here at Dion for the past 14 years.
Chris has been in the industry for 33 years, coming to Dion from a division of Norwood Promotional Products Inc., where he was Vice President and General Manager. In 2003 Chris joined E.A. Dion, Inc., moving from a primarily operational position to a sales-focused one as Account Manager.
Why did Chris choose to move to Dion? Chris liked that the company was family owned and a vertical manufacturer. Dion does everything from stamping to shipping so they have complete control over the product being made. They are also entirely custom manufacturers, so he would still be able to use his manufacturing operations experience in his new sales role.
When asked about his most challenging project while here at Dion, Chris replied that all of his projects are challenging. Because Dion makes completely custom products, they are all new and different. That is also what he likes most about his job in general. No two projects are the same and no two days are alike.
Chris’ current challenge outside the office is to visit every active NASCAR racetrack in the United States. He is well on his way – having visited 11 of the 23 tracks so far. In addition to being a NASCAR fanatic, he pours through books on tape with a vengeance (speeding up his 3-hour daily commute). Ask him about what he is reading lately and you will be on the phone for a while!!!
Recently his son asked him why he hasn’t already retired. Chris’ response was that he still really enjoys coming to work every day and meeting the challenges that got him into the business in the first place!