Jeff Applegate, Chief Executive Officer
Texas Injection Molding
Alma Mater: Baylor University
How did you become involved in the plastics industry?
Sales of graphics and product identification leading to film insert molding and then to custom injection molding and extrusion
What is your favorite part about your current role?
I get to build cool stuff for great companies, help others succeed and enjoy trusted relationships with employees, customers, and vendors
What has been your proudest moment at your current organization?
To see young engineers want to join our team, grow in their abilities and prosper in their career
At work, what are you most known for among your colleagues?
Cheerleader and problem solver
How do you define success?
To love what I do and do what I love. To help others succeed. To enjoy trusted relationships with employees, customers, and vendor partners
What book are you currently reading?
Antifragile by Nassim Taleb and Traction by Gino Wickman
What other groups or organizations are you active in?
Second Baptist Church, Greater Houston Manufacturers Association, Society of Plastics Engineers
What is one thing about you that others would be surprised to learn?
I keep honey bees to harvest honey
If you weren't in the plastics industry, what would you be doing?
Working with good people to build something
What is your favorite thing or story about the MAPP organization?
During hurricane Harvey members of MAPP provided funds to directly support specific individual needs of my employees and their families
How have you received value from the MAPP organization? What are the greatest benefits you currently receive?
I like to say "The time to make a friend is before you need them" MAPP has introduced me to meet people that I would have never known and have been very helpful in my own journey