Member Spotlight Interview
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Jerry Blumberg is the President of Blumberg Machinery Corporation, a family owned and operated stocking dealer located in the small town (est. population of 1,583, 2010 census) of Bannockburn, Illinois which is just under an hour’s drive from the city of Chicago. Some of you may also know Jerry as the father of Ryan Blumberg, CEA, (MDNA Director at Large/ Locator Services, Inc. Past President). Jerry Blumberg has been a member of MDNA since 1972.
To help us get to know the man behind the Blumberg name MDNA Member, John A. Josko, CEA, Industrial Asset Appraisals & Consulting, Inc. caught up with Jerry as part of his assignment on the MDNA PR Committee and asked him questions like how he started out in the biz, advice he would like to pass on, what challenges he faces in the industry today and what he likes to do for fun…
What was your first Job with the company and how did you get it?
“I started as a salesman in the used machinery business for Adams Machinery Company.” (Adams Machinery Company- An MDNA Founding Member Firm)
What is the biggest challenge for your company in the next 5 years and do you have any tips on how you will conquer it?
“Staying up to date with the technological changes to both business and the Machine Tool Industry. You must keep an open mind and always be looking at the future.”
What is one thing you would you pass on to MDNA’s younger next generation leaders about this business or industry?
“Get involved, develop good communication skills with old and new association members, learn your job and your industry, try to improve your skills every day.”
What’s your favorite thing to do in your spare time?
“Spending time with my family, playing a little golf and interacting with people.”
What would be your best achievement to date?
“My family and the interaction and time spent with my fellow dealers.”
What is your favorite type of machinery or machine tool and why?
“Large CNC Machine Tools. I love all aspects of the buying and selling of the big machinery.”
What do you like about your job?
“Working with my son Ryan. The diversity & interaction with my fellow MDNA Members…and I love the thrill of the chase in this industry.”
What is the most useful thing you have participated in or attended that you can apply to your job or has helped your career?
“During the MDNA Weekend with the Pros, seeing the interaction with the other dealers, their warehouses, touring the manufacturing facilities and networking.”
If you were on an island and could only bring three things, what would you bring?
“Cell Phone, MDNA Directory, Food.”
What’s your first thought upon waking up?
“What do I have to do today?”