Mt. Baker Vapor’s relocation to Arizona means a lot of new faces, across departments. One of those faces is a bearded one. Daniel Swaine has stepped up to the plate and been instrumental in preparing MBV for a bold new era of business. He was kind enough to answer a few of my questions in today’s Meet Mt. Baker Vapor blog. And yes, he rides a Harley to work every day.
I had a man-to-man chat with Mr. Swaine, and he gave me the following insights:
MBV: It seems like you’ve had a very diverse professional background. Could you give us a summary of your pre-MBV career?
DS: I started working in the telecommunications field at an early age of 18 with Southwestern Bell Company out of Dallas Texas. I was a residential/business installer and lineman for ten years. Not trying to give up my age, but this was pre-cherrypickers. I climbed telephone poles with spikes manually. When I left Bell I was recruited by the DOD (Lockheed Martin) to go overseas and learn the inside-plant side of the business. I became a telecom engineer both inside and outside plant. With that, I had an opportunity to live in England for two years and travel all over western Europe. My youngest boy was born in Swindon, England. Pretty exciting times for me and my family.
When my two-year contract was up, I came back to Chicago and started with a new wireless carrier called Voice Stream Wireless (which is now known as T-Mobile) and started my 48 of 50 state travels working as a contractor when I was finally hired full time with T-Mobile. I became the West Regional Engineering/Operations Manager. I’ve had a great career. I’ve seen more than most will in a life time. If I had to do over again, I wouldn’t change a thing.
MBV: What first attracted you to the vapor industry?
DS: By chance, I guess… I traveled for a living in the telecommunications field and was looking for something local. I wanted to settle down and stay home. Living out of a hotel and suit case was getting old.
I learned about Mt Baker Vapor moving to our local area, and was made aware they’d have some technology positions. I had the skill set to deliver. I applied for an IT position and settled for starting in the warehouse. Eventually moved into the IT Supervisor position, and now I’m the new Chief Technology Officer. Best move I ever made! No intentions of leaving this great group of folks.
MBV: What was your first impression of Mt. Baker Vapor, and what do you like about this industry?
DS: I instantly fell in love with MT Baker Vapor, I found myself wanting to grow within the company. As you can see, I strived and made my moves. I intend to do my part in driving customer delight!
Once I started with Mt Baker Vapor, being new to the industry, I saw a robust community. Different, colorful personalities and growth potential, I think, no I know I found my second career and a industry that will challenge my experience and wisdom.
MBV: Where do you see the vapor industry in five years? In twenty years?
DS: I see some challenges ahead. I think once we educate the public on our product and services, I see more consumer confidence. I could see the industry doubling in size over the next few years. We’ll get through the regulations… Where there is a will, there is always a way. In twenty years, I hope to see humans vaping on Mars, and the moons of the outer planets…
MBV: Do you have any closing thoughts for the vapers out there?
DS: I would say stay focused, fight for your rights, and long live the vape industry! Stand behind Mt Baker Vapor as we blaze the path and set the highest of standards, and continue to bring you the quality and prices you want and deserve. We have so many great things planned for the near future…
I’d like to thank Daniel Swaine for taking the time to answer my queries. His no-nonsense approach to problem solving and Theodore Roosevelt-esque enthusiasm is an inspiration to the entire Mt. Baker Vapor family. We hope his enthusiasm is contagious to the vapers back home, too!