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Rowdy Hartman

VP / Business Development

Aspirations and Goals as a Human Being:
Being an ethical person; being honest; being humble; having firm values; being loyal.

 

Experience, Education and Credentials:
20+ years in the printing industry with on-hands experience operating numerous machines. Vast knowledge of machinery allows me to offer the best product at a cost effective price.

 

What do you like to do when you’re not working?
Golf – Hunt – Fish – enjoying the outdoors.

 

Favorite quote:
Work related – “You can’t build a reputation on what you are going do.” -Henry Ford
Personal – “Surrender yourself to the pursuit of nature’s bounty and you will unleash a new passion for living life”

 

Tell us something about yourself that would surprise us:
My brother and sister named me and only a few people know my formal given names. I was named after my two grandfathers but I have always been called Rowdy.

 

Tell us three things most people don’t know about you:

  • I have only had a total of 4 full time jobs, 3 of those are printing related.
  • I’ll try just about any type of food, at least once.
  • I’m a thrill seeker and sky diving is on my bucket list. Everything just hurts more as I get older.

 

Three words to best describe you:
Practical – Reliable – Diligent

 

Anything else you want to share? (family, hobbies, whatever)
Wife Betsy of 20 years – Son Kaden and Daughter Ella – 2 dogs – All born and raised in Lubbock TX

 

What do you like most about Slate Group?
The work environment. SG allows the employees the freedom to thrive without micromanaging.

 

What do you like most about your role at Slate Group?
Meeting People. I get the opportunity to meet numerous people in all aspects of business.

 

What drew you to Slate Group originally?
Capabilities. I was surprised to learn the extensive capabilities SG has to offer and that ownership is continually investing in future capabilities to better serve our customers.

 

What has been your favorite project at Slate Group?
One particular job stands out, Slide Charts. This project started as casual conversation with a gentleman that was only in our office because his daughter was working on another project. As the daughter was detailing out her project with another AE, this gentleman was waiting patiently. I offered to show him around our facilities to kill some time. As we were touring the production area, he mentioned he has a custom product and wondered if we could produce it. He mentioned that he had issues with another vendor and they were several states away. Long story short, after several months of prototyping we produced 1.5 million pieces of his product with a better price point that he was previously paying. This is still the largest single order quantity and total cost that has been produced in our facilities. I learned a huge lesson. No matter what the order is, anyone at anytime could have something that is completely unexpected.