Meet the Team: Mustang Operations Manager, Dave Staton

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14 Jan 2011

Mustang Employee Dave Staton (right) with Jay Barbieri

Dave Staton literally came in from the cold to work for Mustang and he’s been warming up to the task every since. He’s one of our crew that helps install the quality in our motorcycle seats and he doesn’t mind bragging about it one bit. To Dave, a good reputation is important, and that extends from his own personal life to his livelihood — Mustang Motorcycle Seats.

That being said, meet Dave:

Mustang: What did you do prior to coming to work for Mustang?

Dave Staton: Prior to working for Mustang, I held various management positions in manufacturing and warehousing with Friendly Ice Cream Corp. It was a challenging, minus-20 degrees F environment that required strict adherence to quality control standards. At one point I supervised three shifts for seven days a week and was instrumental in installing a half-million dollar package handling system.

Mustang: What attracted you to Mustang?

DS: Mustang presented me with an opportunity to get out of working in a cold freezer and take on the challenge of modernizing the shipping and receiving operations. After heading the warehouse operation for Mustang for 2.5 years, I was promoted to operations manager. My current position allows me to take the knowledge and skills I developed in the food industry — especially quality control and process management — and apply them to building motorcycle seats.

Mustang: What’s the best part of your job?

DS: The best part of my job is the satisfaction I get from seeing our operations develop to achieve the goals I have set forth. We operate as efficiently as possible and produce as high a quality product as possible. I am proud of the people with whom I work and I admire the incredible efforts my co-workers put forth each and every day. This desire to succeed has allowed Mustang to produce a high-quality product even in these economically challenging times. It’s not easy to maintain a successful manufacturing operation and support local families in the  northeastern United States, but Mustang is doing it and doing it quite well.

Mustang Motorcycle Seats' Dave Staton

Mustang: When you’re not working, what do you like to do in your spare time?

DS: I am the moderator in my church, which means I oversee all church administrative functions except the ministry. In addition, I am an avid hunter and outdoorsman. I also enjoy model railroading and am an avid football and basketball fan. My wife and I collect antiques and enjoy remodeling our home every chance we get. When I really kick back, I enjoy a good book and a drink at the beach.

Mustang: What’s your all-time favorite Mustang part or accessory?

DS: Every single Mustang seat I build is my favorite because I know it is the most comfortable seat built with the highest-quality raw materials, resulting in a final product that is the best on the market.

Mustang: If you could take some time off work and ride anywhere in the world, where would you go and with whom would you go?

DS: I would like to take my wife to Ireland because it is beautiful there and we both have an Irish background. However, I spent 2.5 years in Germany when I was with the U.S. Army and fell in love with the country. I would like to return there with my wife to bask in its history, good food and fine drink.

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