For the past 21 years, Patty McGee has been the heart of the ATS sales team. Earlier this month she entered into semi-retirement, stepping down from her full-time sales position in the furnaces, ovens, and heating elements department and moving to part time. “Patty has been very instrumental in growing the ATS furnace and oven line”, said COO Rob Carroll. “Always looking out for the best interests of her customers, Patty developed close relationships with them. Her contributions are too great to measure – she will be missed.” Patty applied for a job at ATS in 1997, after seeing a help wanted ad in the Butler Eagle. In what would be a preview of her determination and tenacious spirit, she called every day until she got the job. When asked about Patty, Vice President of Sales Robert Antolik stated, “All I have to say is that in all of my years working in furnace sales – at ATS or other furnace manufacturers – I have never worked with anyone better than Patty. We are just lucky to have her remain on part time.”
Favorite Food (s): Burgers with crumbled blue cheese.
Favorite Book (s): The Glass Castle
Favorite TV Show (s): The Golden Girls (I can laugh myself silly)
Favorite Quote: “Keep on keepin’ on.”
Hidden Talent: I’m an amateur artist, working in mixed media, chalks and oil pastel.
Favorite Time of Year/Season: Spring time – fishing worms, and new born calves in the fields.
ATS EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT Q&A
Tell us a little bit about your family & favorite activities outside of work: I was married to my husband Mike for 28 years, until I lost him to Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia in 2007. I was blessed with two sons, one daughter, and eight grandchildren. My middle son, his wife, and 3 kids live with me. Or I live with them? Not sure anymore, but it’s wonderful. Believe it or not I like to fix things, and I have a whole lot of fix’en to do when I retire. I like to play cards and go to the casino with my friends. I’m currently stuck on Candy Crush level 2699. I like to go to the beach and I would love to be able to spend my winters in Florida someday.
Who has inspired you in your life and why? My husband. He was honest, funny, encouraging, and the best dad in the whole world. Because of him I’m challenged every day to be a better mom, grandma, and hopefully a better person.
What’s on your bucket list? I gave this up – it’s a great way to break something.
Where would you like to go on a dream vacation? Italy or Paris – does ATS want to send me there? All expenses paid vacation? Yahoo!
What has been your proudest achievement? Winning 1st prize in the Saxonburg Art Festival for my piece “The Old Man”.
As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? An architect.
What do you think is the most important quality you need to have for success? Just be honest.