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Steve Grimes – Business Development Director

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I have enjoyed 36 years in supply chain or operations activities. I started as a management trainee for Roadway Express, worked for a few trucking firms and then had an opportunity in traffic for DMI. I also went back to school to pursue an MBA from Illinois State University, completing the degree in 1990. I was able to expand my responsibilities as Materials Manager at DMI through 2004 and then took an opportunity as Director of Operations for Morton Buildings.

I returned to CNH in 2009, and stayed through 2012. In May of 2012 I accepted the offer to become part of the Premier team. My experience includes dispatching, master scheduling, production control, traffic management, customer service, purchasing, logistics, plant operations, new product development, sales, capital asset acquisition, strategic planning and general supervision and management. Through this journey, I worked for managers who influenced me and challenged me to continually improve, for which I am forever grateful.


The most rewarding part of my job is...
1. Being part of a successful team

2. Influencing and mentoring people for continuous improvement

3. Accomplishing goals

Outside of work I enjoy...
I enjoy yard work and spending time with my children. I also enjoy swimming competitively in the Masters Swimming program. My wife and I also enjoy traveling together.
If I could learn one new skill it would be...
To learn how to speak and understand Spanish. In our diverse society, it would be beneficial to understand conversations going on around us that I do not currently comprehend.
My favorite meal is…
Meat loaf, scalloped potatoes and baked beans.
My favorite family tradition is…
On Christmas Eve, we put out luminaries and then have a traditional meal of fried chicken and mashed potatoes before Christmas Eve church services.
Words to live by…
“Life is not fair” and “God is Good.”