Anthony is a manufacturing guy at heart. He grew up in a small manufacturing town in Upstate, NY and witnessed it decline from 40,000 to 15,000 people during his youth when most local companies shut their doors. That experience made him curious about what it takes to succeed in manufacturing and laid the foundation for his interest in starting Sticker Mule.
What do you do?
I’m co-founder & general manager at Sticker Mule. This means I get to do almost everything including customer service, product design, marketing and operations management. The only things I don’t do are write code, prepare our financials or use Adobe CS. Lately, I’m focused on product design & project management. Our team’s working on a long list of fun projects and I try to help move them forward as fast as possible.
What do you find most rewarding about your role? Most challenging?
Someone told me early in my career that the best managers make their departments run without them. I took that to heart and probably most enjoy getting things to run on their own. For example, initially I was heavily involved in manufacturing and customer service, but eventually I stepped away from both. They run on their own and continue to improve even faster than when I was actively involved.
The hardest thing I do is recruiting the right people for the right positions. We have an amazing team but our formation has been serendipitous.