As the newbie to the Domtar team, I’ve been here (or as I like to say “drinking from the fire hose”) for the last 8 months, but seriously I’m thankful every day for have been given the opportunity to come work for such a great organization with such talented people.

I’ve worn many hats throughout my career on a path that has led me here, Designer, Client Services, Marketing, Advertising, Print/Paper Buyer, and now Product Manager. It’s been an awesome journey and I’ve had a lot of great experiences which has allowed me perspectives from multiple angles. I guess in some cases I could be my own worst enemy, the designer in me wants a beautifully designed piece, the marketer in my wants a 10% ROI (why not 20%?), and the print/paper buyer in me needs it to fit within the budget and it needs be able to be run on press (which usually never matches up to the beautifully designed piece).

Sitting on this side of the desk has provided me with a new appreciation for what goes into making and shipping paper, it has been a truly an eye opening experience. I’ll be the first to admit, I was guilty of it, picking up the phone…..”Yeah I know it’s a 4 to 5 week lead time but we need paper next week, thanks!” and never giving it a thought how it was going to happen. There are a lot of people and processes in place that make these types of requests happen every day and to be quite frank it’s exciting to be a part of it.

So to wrap up, I want to thank everyone here at Domtar for welcoming me to the family, especially V for giving me the opportunity and I look forward to contributing to Blueline by Domtar.