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Meet Our New Senior Application & Sales Specialist

Meet Wes Barton, the newest team member at IKONICS Advanced Material Solutions (AMS). Wes has been with IKONICS for a little over three years, previously working within the IKONICS Imaging division as a National Sales Coordinator.

In January Wes accepted the position of Senior Application & Sales Specialist for the AMS division of IKONICS. We are excited to welcome Wes to the team! Keep reading to learn a little more about Wes.

What excites you about your new position? What do you look forward to most working within the AMS division?
New is exciting! I am excited to learn new things, meet new people, travel to new places, take on a new challenge. This division is so different than our others that it is going to take me a long time to learn everything and everyone, but I look forward to all of it. This phase of a new opportunity involves a lot of work but can also be a lot of fun. I look forward to learning the AMS division of our company inside and out so that I can provide the most value for our customers. I also look forward to meeting every one of our current customers and all of the new ones that will come. Educating them on the benefits of our process and showing them how their business can use those benefits to their advantage.

How will you provide value to the IKONICS AMS team? Or, what assets will you bring to the table?
I have always believed that product knowledge is key to providing great customer service and achieving a solid foundation in my relationship with customers. This knowledge helps our customers to establish trust and confidence in myself, our company and our process. Over the next few months I will be doing everything in my power to learn this business inside and out so that over time I can earn that trust and provide our customers with the confidence that they are getting the best service possible for the best value.

What or who inspires you?
I am very lucky to have had a wonderful mother and father in my life. These two people have shaped me into everything that I am today, and I am eternally grateful for that. My father passed in 2004 but still finds a way to inspire me every day. My mother is still going a million miles an hour and the love she shows my family and me is unmatched. I someday hope to attain a level that is even close to the type of people that they both were and are. Oh, and Bo Jackson… that guy was amazing!

What are you passionate about?
Happiness is something that everyone should be passionate about in life. And that is why I am going to say: My family. They are the source of the majority of my happiness and I am so lucky to have those four wonderful ladies, and new baby boy in my life. Amber and I love our girls Kendra, Kambryn and Ottolie so much and just welcomed a baby boy, Anders, to our family in January. If a person is happy in both their personal life and professional life then they have everything. And I am extremely lucky to be able to say that I have never been happier in both of those aspects than I am right now.

What are your hobbies outside of work?
I enjoy the outdoors more than anything else. Hiking trails, upland bird hunting, bow hunting and just being out in nature and breathing in the fresh air really puts me at ease. I try to get out into the woods whenever it is possible for me to do so. I also enjoy CrossFit, watching anything Brewers, Badgers, Packers and just spending time with my family.

What was the best concert you ever attended?
I have been lucky enough to have seen many concerts in my life and quite a few over the past couple years. My musical taste stretches way across the board from Classical to Blues to Heavy Metal. But I would have to say that the best concert I have ever seen was Big Head Todd and the Monsters on Halloween night in 1995. Probably because it was one of the first times that I was able to watch a really amazing guitar player on stage. They played through the majority of two of my favorite records, Sister Sweetly and Strategem and Todd Park Mohr was whaling away on his guitar and whenever a string would break, or something would go wrong there was a stage hand that would run onto stage with another guitar tuned and waiting. He would unhook the strap from Todd’s guitar and then hold the new guitar directly under the one that Todd was still playing and wait for just the right moment, then Todd would drop the old guitar down as the stage hand would raise the new one up. Once Todd had it in his hands the stage hand would hook the strap back up and run off stage. During that entire exchange Todd never missed a beat. It was impressive to see that kind of talent and is something I still remember to this day. Honorable mention – Lollapalooza 1993. I saw one of my favorite bands (and singers) of all time Alice in Chains (Layne Staley) along with many other great bands.