Robert Boots will transition from vice president of supply chain operations to COO in October, manufacturer and distributor Viega LLC announced.
With 22 years of experience in plumbing manufacturing and logistics, Robert Boots has worked in every aspect of a supply chain.
Boots managed the Vanguard PEX manufacturing plant in South Carolina at age 28 and moved to McPherson, Kan., when the South Carolina plant closed in 2001. In 2001, he became the plant manager at the McPherson facility. In 2009, Boots became Viega's vice president of supply chain operations, which included many departments such as manufacturing, purchasing, logistics, and quality assurance.
"In order to be a great leader you also have to be a great follower," Boots said in a news release. "My role is to help Dave Garlow succeed as the CEO of Viega LLC and to help Viega LLC grow. I respect him very much, and I'm looking forward to working with him."
Boots views his position as a vehicle to remove obstacles and provide his team with the tools and resources they need to do their jobs. He believes the industry needs to be dedicated to quality products and solutions, and he feels that Viega LLC is committed to quality—not just error-free products but safe products.
"We're not comfortable sitting back," Boots said. "We're committed to always raising the bar, internally and externally in the industry. It's not always easy or cheap but it's the right thing to do. We need to be totally focused on quality."