Meet József Horvath, our current Paint Academy Manager at the Architectural Coatings plant in Hungary. József was nominated as one of the 2018 Rainmaker for his training expertise.
His exceptional work powered the success of a PPG-sponsored World Skills competition and enhanced our reputation at international events. "I was nominated during our Christmas lunch event. I was very surprised and proud to receive this great recognition. I am also looking forward to meeting the other Rainmakers," József explained.
This year, József is celebrating 20 years with PPG. For his first 10 years, he worked as a sales representative and later as a sales manager. In 2010, he applied for an internal position as a trainer in the newly opened Paint Academy.
I felt, this role would be a great opportunity to share my knowledge and expertise with other professional painters, shop managers, architects and students. Being a Paint Academy Manager is very rewarding and I am passionate about driving sales for the Academy.
As a trainer, it was very important for József to highlight success within the company, all of our staff and products need to be recognized for their achievements. "I believe that participation in international vocational competitions is a great way to showcase these accomplishments," shared József.
The PPG Paint Academy is currently sponsoring painting and decorating skills in the EuroSkills competition. EuroSkills is the European Championship of young professionals, a spectacular promotion of the latest skills developments around Europe.
In 2017, our competitor reached 4th place and received a Medallion of Excellence award. "This result was met with enthusiasm from local and international organizations too. I am very proud of that,” he explained. None of this could have been possible without the professional support from the Paint Academy.
The Biggest Challenge to Overcome
One of the most challenging situations for Jozsef was in 2009, when all the shops had to undergo refurbishments to fit in with the new brand identity.
"We had to ensure all of our partners and staff understood that these changes would mean moving forward. This task taught me new skills and I no longer fear building new partnerships," he said. József is highly motivated in his job and supported by his team and general director. He also believes in innovation.
You have to be open-minded to changes. Adapting to change is essential for life.
Taking Part in Volunteer Work
As part of the Colorful Communities partnership, József's team helped to renovate the Jahn Ferenc Hospital in 2016 and the National Ambulance Service in 2017. József was responsible for planning and implementing both projects and has relished the opportunity to work within the local community.