Team Apache 20-Year Spotlight: Tim Stamper

Team Apache - Tim Stamper 20-year journey

Tim Stamper: ‘Love What You Do, Do What You Love’

Just about every Apache Sprayer to roll off the assembly line has been influenced by Tim Stamper’s design and manufacturing expertise. It’s been a labor of love in the 20 years he’s been part of the Equipment Technologies (ET) team.

Stamper became a fabricator and designer for Apache Sprayers in early 1999, around the same time when some of the first machines were being manufactured. Since then, he’s held a host of positions with ET and has been responsible not only for the evolution of Apache Sprayers, but the distribution of the machines — and the parts critical to their operation — to farmer customers around North America.

After moving into engine/transmission, frame and axle production and assembly in 2004, Stamper took on expanded roles including purchasing of sprayers and parts from 2007-2012. In 2013, he took on a leadership role in inventory management and product verification, assisting in the implementation of a new barcoding system to better manage sprayers and parts. Five years later, he’s moved to a customer facing role as Application Parts Specialist.

“We have grown the efficiency in our manufacturing processes over the years,” Stamper said of the 20 years he’s been part of the ET team. “We have established a consistent base product with a sharp focus on the industry, what our customer needs and demands.”

The Apache Sprayers team has grown in numbers in that time, too, an effort that’s been boosted by the company’s culture, Stamper said. “Embracing technology and improving production processes are important, but the people [here] have made that growth and evolution happen.”

“The dedication to and focus on building sprayers, while not taking shots at other products, has helped us to grow as a company. Matt Hays, CEO of ET, has said many times ‘In good and bad, keep our focus on what we do and be the best at it!’” Stamper said.

Twenty years at one company is a considerable accomplishment in today’s workforce, but to Stamper, it’s not a major feat for one main reason–it rarely feels like work.

“Rarely have I ever dreaded coming into work. Every day is a new challenge, the people here are great and the management has always been understanding and helpful. We have fun, or at least try to,” Stamper said. “Long ago, I realized that work life is the biggest part of your waking life, so you better enjoy it.”

The future for Stamper is fairly clear. He wants to continue to leverage his skills and experience to produce industry-leading Apache Sprayers. Given the diversity of his career path at ET in his first 20 years at the company, he’s not sure what exactly that will mean. But, he’ll always retain the approach to his work that not only is important to his individual job, but the entire company.

“All I know is that I plan to be here tomorrow and then on, doing what they ask me to do. With each new role I’ve been approached with, my response has been ‘how can I best suit the company?’ We’ll just see where they can utilize me next,” Stamper said. “I don’t really think about what I want my legacy here to be, but I guess it would be caring about the quality of work you do, enjoy doing it and helping out whenever and however you can. ‘Love what you do and do what you love.’”

 

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