Valvoline’s Roger England Joins the Latest AMN Drivetime Podcast

Valvoline’s Roger England Joins the Latest AMN Drivetime Podcast

When asked if he was currently in his “dream job” as vice president and chief R&D officer for Valvoline, Roger England’s response says it all:

“Heck yeah. I have a great time. I enjoy going to work,” Roger shares with Bill Babcox in the most recent episode of the AMN Drivetime podcast. “I was hired into Cummings Technical Center after high school as a janitor. No one in my family really went to college. My high school advisors told me that I wasn’t smart enough to go to college, that I needed to get my butt to trade school. And at the time, that was a union position to be a janitor there and paid pretty good money. My dad ran a garage, so I kind of grew up working in the garage, and there were a lot of guys who were engineers at Cummins that would work the second shift at the garage for my dad. They were really smart guys and I thought, ‘You know, hanging out at someplace like that with a lot of smart people is not a bad idea.’”

Turns out it was not a very bad idea at all. As Roger shares, he walked into Cummins with a high school diploma and walked out with a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering. “When I left, I was leading intellectual property, advanced manufacturing and materials engineering for the corporation. I spent a lot time working – most of my time – working at the R&D Technical Center in Columbus, Indiana.”

In this latest AMN Drivetime podcast, Bill and Roger dive into a number of other interesting topics, including:

  • 1:37: How Roger landed his dream job at Valvoline;
  • 2:36: Fun experiences pursuing his other passion – racing;
  • 4:49: The scoop on Valvoline’s sale of its global products business to Aramco;
  • 8:15: Valvoline’s approach to the EV market and Roger’s take on the market as an “Internal Combustion” guy;
  • 11:56: Valvoline’s growth strategy, including expanding into the heavy-duty segment;
  • 15:03: What it’s like to hold 13 patents;
  • 16:49: The best career advice Roger ever received from his grandfather
  • 18:31 The always popular lightning round!

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