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Making Magic Behind the Scenes: Mike Kirkwood

Mike at work.

– Tell us a little about yourself. I am an only child born in Warren, Ohio, to two blue collar, hard-working factory workers. I grew up in a small town called Champion, Ohio, in northeast Ohio, next to Amish Country. I am a product of Kent State University, and the name of my teams in both high school and college was the Flashes.
– Tell us a little bit about your family. My mother was one of three children, and my father was one of eleven. I am an only child.

– What three words best describe you? Impatient, reliable and hardworking.

– Any favorite movie lines? My favorite movie line is from Bull Durham. Crash Davis walks into the coaches’ office. The coaches are talking and ask him, “Who are you?” Crash’s response: “I am the player to be named later.” If you know baseball and trades, then you get how funny that is.
– Do you have a favorite newspaper or blog? My favorite paper is my hometown paper, The Tribune Chronicle.
– Do you have a favorite quote? “I ain’t got time to bleed!” from Jesse Ventura, playing Blain in Predator.
– Do you recall any embarrassing moments at work? Yes! I told a vehicle wrap client that their turtle top bus would fit through the back door of the business. I got the bus wedged against the roll-up door and ripped the trim off the door. This all happened while my customer was standing right there watching.
– How do you define success? My definition of success is to fully live my purpose in life and have a positive impact on the people I interact with on a daily basis. 
– If given a chance, who would you like to be for a day? I would like to be Neil Armstrong and walk on the moon.
– If Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see cast as you? Alec Baldwin.
– If you could be anyone from any time period, who would it be and why? Henry Flagler — because he was instrumental in the expansion and development of our state — and the East Coast — with his railroad.
– If you could do any other job for just one day, what would it be? I’d love to be the Major League Baseball pitcher — for the Cleveland Indians. I was a successful pitcher from grade school through college, and it was, and always will be, my dream.
– If you could meet anyone in the world, dead or alive, who would it be and why? George Washington. I would love to understand his thought process in the creation of this great country.
– If you could only drink one beer for the rest of your life, which would it be? Stella Artois — I love a great Belgian beer.
– If you could witness any historical event, what would you want to see? The signing of the Declaration of Independence.
– If you were stuck on an island, what three things would you bring? A flint, a knife and a water purification kit.
– Do you have a motto or personal mantra? If so, what is it? Do a good turn daily.
– People would be surprised if they knew what about you? I can draw very well with sidewalk chalk but can’t do the same with a pencil or a pen.
– What did you want to be when growing up? Why grow up? I’m still just a big kid!
– What has been the most important innovation you have witnessed in your lifetime? The evolution of the personal computer.
– What is an ability you wish you had? Teleportation. I could be wherever I want to be in a snap!
– Name two things on your bucket list. I’d like to see the Northern Lights in Alaska and to visit Australia.
– What is the best book you have ever read? The Winners Manual: For the Game of Life by Jim Tressel.
– What is the first concert you attended? Pink Floyd at Cleveland Stadium.
– What is the first thing you would buy if you won the lottery? I wouldn’t buy a thing. I would pay off all of my debt and my mother’s too.
– What is the greatest challenge you have had to overcome in your life so far? The loss of my father and moving away from my Mom in Ohio to start a new career in Jacksonville.
– What is the most important thing you have learned in the last five years? Patience.

– What music is on your phone? A variety of country, rock, classical and rap.

– What was your favorite book, toy or outfit as a child? An Evel Knevel pull-start motorcycle.
– What would be the title of your autobiography? Stay Tuned!
– If you could travel back in time, what would you like to tell your 13-year-old self? Pay more attention to your education and less to girls.


Your Work at Dimension Design

What is your role at Dimension Design? I am an account executive.

Where do you find your creative inspiration? From more than 18 years working in the graphics and printing industry.

– Before working at Dimension Design, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had? It was a summer job I had while in college. I worked at a plastic extrusion plant as a material handler. I was in charge of mixing all the polyresin mixes to make washing machine hoses, rings, dishwasher racks, Rubbermaid products and much more. I usually came home with the particles all over my clothes, and my skin was colored like a rainbow!
– What do you like most about your job? I really like the leadership of the company. I also like the vision (The Art of How) that they have brought to our newly acquired company. We are all rowing in a great direction toward success!

– How has Dimension Design helped you in your career development? They have provided me with an opportunity to grow in my sales career by allowing me to branch out in the community and throughout the South. This has helped me create new opportunities for the company and myself.

– If you could switch your job with anyone else within Dimension Design, whose job would you want? I would want to switch with Chad, our president.

– What advice do you have for prospective Dimension Design candidates? Be prepared to learn fast and hit the ground running!

– What are three words that best describe Dimension Design? Organized, focused and family.

– What do you like most about Dimension Design? I really enjoy the growth and maturity of my team at the Jacksonville office, as well as the continuity that keeps growing between our office and the one in Glenview.

– What has been your favorite project at Dimension Design? Working on the Compassion First island booth. I never worked on a large booth before, and we built this one from start to finish — including on-site installation in Las Vegas. Phyllis was instrumental in my education and success with my agency customer.

– What is your favorite part of working for Dimension Design? The people — it feels like a big family.

– What are your hopes for our industry? That the fabric industry continues to flourish.


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