May 2, 2012
Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal reports that Mark Witherell, a retired Navy Master Chief Electronics Technician, has been appointed by the company to head its printer repair services department.
Witherell previously served in the US Navy’s Submarine Force, and joins seven other war veterans at the company, which remanufactures toner cartridges and offers laser printer repairs. Company President Jeff Petersen is himself a graduate of the US Naval Academy, and served as a nuclear submarine officer in the Cold War.
The company began in 1993 under the ownership of retired Coast Guard Pete DeBoer, and Petersen stated that he prefers to hire veterans when possible, adding: “Over three-fourths of our staff members have served our country in the armed forces.
“My experience is that employees with a military service background are conscientious, have a proven ability to learn new skills and concepts, have good attention to detail, and can be trusted to do a good job right the first time.”
David Lucas, co-owner, is also a retired Navy warrant officer, and agreed with Petersen’s perspective, stating: “Based on their service experience we find that our veteran employees are mission-oriented, have integrity, and really get the concept of teamwork.”
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