Employee Spotlight on John Roberge, Plant Manager

Employee Spotlight: John Roberge
Impak is fortunate to have John Roberge as our Dallas based Plant Manger. As the Plant
Manager, he knows first hand the volume and diversity of client products and needs. His fast
paced job and huge responsibility hasn’t squelched his sense of humor. 

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Where are you from? 
This is a trick question. You ask something of a Texan, and you will probably get his life story.
Parts of it might even be true. 

Favorite part about living in Texas?
Texans. It’s certainly not the climate.

Any new trends in the packaging industry or job specific to you that you're exited
about?

I’m excited for the potential of high-speed digital wide-web printing. The technology isn’t quite
here yet, but it should be a reality in a few short years.

What is your favorite type of packaging?
The kind that isn’t “childproof”, so I can open it.

How long can you go without checking your emails or texts?
I could happily go the rest of my life without checking, but unfortunately, modern life tends to
require all too frequent checks.

What’s your favorite piece of technology? 
The “Off” button.
 
You are known for your sense of humor, any funny stories that have happened on the
job at Impak?

Most every day, without looking too hard, comedy of some sort ensues, however unintentional it
may be.
 
What inspired you to become what you are now? 
Hunger, mostly, and an occasional cattle prod.
 
What’s a word that you can’t stand to hear? 
I’m not big on hearing the words “No” or “Can’t”… unless it’s from me. But the phrase I disdain
most in the workplace is “It’s not my job!”
 
What’s your favorite word? 
Panache
 
What’s the best concert you’ve ever seen?
My daughter playing her guitar. She doesn’t have quite the technical skills of a Clapton or a BB
King, but she doesn’t need to, to be able to keep me entertained.
 
If your life was a song, what would it be?
My life IS a song, it just happens to be off key and out of rhythm. The harmonies are a little
discordant and the conductor can’t keep time.
 
What’s your personal mantra or favorite quote?
Love life, live large!
 
Name one thing on your bucket list. 
I want a bucket that doesn’t leak.

 What inspires you?
My lovely wife and precious daughter are the biggest sources of inspiration. They can be
…motivating.
 
What’s your favorite comfort food?
 Anything not green and leafy.
 
Name something everyone else you know loves but you don’t. 
Facebook!
 
The last time you had a hearty laugh.  
What time is it?

If you could custom blend a perfume or cologne, what scents would it include?
I’m partial to sandalwood, but with a little hint of bacon grease, it would be about perfect. 
 
Did you do anything today that you’re really proud of?
I was somehow able to get dressed all by myself this morning. I’m not sure if everything
matches or is tucked in properly, but it is an achievement. Also, I was able to delete the clutter
in my “spam” box. We must look for small victories.

What’s your favorite part about working for Impak?
First, we have to define “working for Impak”. One might also see it as a life sentence without the
possibility of parole. The warden can be pretty strict. Actually, there is not a better group to work
with. Don’t tell anyone, but I love them all (in a brotherly way, of course).
 
Favorite vacation spot? 
There’s no place better than your own backyard, even if it’s mine.

What’s your favorite season? 
Football season.

If you won a free vacation to anywhere in the world, where would you go and why? 
 I have had the good fortune of seeing and being in many places around the world courtesy of
the United States Navy.  A free vacation would be wherever my wife would most want to see. Of
course, what does another country have that North Texas doesn’t? Other than scenery, and
climate, and history, and variety? After one has experienced the awe-inspiring mountains of
North Dallas, the rapids of the mighty Trinity River, the grandeur of the White Rock Lake
shoreline, there just isn’t much left to impress in other parts of the world.

John definitely has panache as he continues to love life, live large and fulfill his bucket list. Thank
you John for always keeping things light, even though you have heavy responsibilities. Stop by
and introduce yourself to John Roberge next time you’re in our Dallas office.

Caleb Lummer