Meet Our Team: Tony Lather

This is the second post in our monthly Meet Our Team Spotlight Series where we introduce you to some of DME’s employees. Read last month’s interview with Graphic Designer, Anna Hutton, here. Thank you for reading Meet Our Team!

Tony Lather

Tony is a Creative Programmer and always sure to send a friendly greeting when you pass him in the hallway. He is also part of our Fit 10 Program, in his 25 weeks in the program he has lost 27 pounds, hitting his goal of being under 200 pounds by his 51st birthday last month. In addition to his weight loss he has also improved his balance, increased his energy and endurance, reduced his waistline, increased muscle strength and definition, lowered his A1C levels and become less dependent on medication. When his Benefitness success story came across my desk I knew I had to share it and learn more about one of DME’s most upbeat employees!

Q: What is your role here at DME?

A: Primarily, I am a member of the team that sets up and configures the products on DME’s Web to Print portals, like EasyConnect and DME Prints. I also update and deploy a few monthly email jobs, set up the portal notification emails and help maintain and update some of the PURL sites after they are set up. And, when Variable Programming gets slammed I help out there as well.

Q: Before working at DME, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?

A: I worked at Kanthal in Palm Coast, now known as Sandvik. I primarily worked in the electro plating department where we gold plated copper wire using a Potassium Cyanide & Gold salt solution in a very hot de-ionized water container. It was a very meticulous process, and we used a laser measuring device to determine the plating levels. These plated wires were sold to companies like Seagate to be placed on the aperture arm for the read/write heads of hard drives. Sometimes I would work in the anodizing department where we anodized ribbon wire for Bose speakers, and Peavey amplifiers.

Q: What is your motto, personal mantra or favorite quote?

A: A Positive Attitude Means Everything! We respond to situations that occur in our environment all day long. We can choose to respond negatively with anger or other emotions and see the bad side of things, or we can choose to respond positively and see the good side. Sometimes this is a hard thing to do, but when we keep a positive attitude it effects our own wellbeing and the way others view and interact with us. So, as much as possible, I choose to have a positive attitude towards everything.
Here is the quote by Chuck Swindoll that I am paraphrasing above:
“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company… a church… a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude… I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you… we are in charge of our attitudes.”

Q: What are the 3 words that best describe you?

A: I would have to say that I’m a positive, outgoing and energetic person. I try to get along with everyone, although we all know that is impossible, and I try to maintain a smile most days.

Q: What do you like to do on your days off?

A: My favorite time of the year to use vacation days is from late October through early April, when it is nice outside. I love it when the temperature is around 70°. On those days I love to ride my bike through the Central Park Trails in Ormond Beach on my way to breakfast, then ride to the beach and get a power nap while soaking up a little Vitamin D. I also love to go and visit family in different areas of the state. I have family that lives near Tampa, Fort Myers, Sebring and Vero Beach.

Q: If you were stuck on an island, what three things would you bring along?

A: A solar powered desalination unit for drinking water, a casting net to catch fish, and a Bible.

Congratulations on your success in the Benefitness Fit 10 Program Tony and thank you so much for sharing with us! Your positive attitude and friendly disposition make DME a better place!