BROOKFIELD, Conn. -- Brookfield's Joe Dillon carved out a niche for himself over the past two decades: He has been president of Branson Ultrasonics Corp. in Danbury for over three years and has worked for Emerson -- the parent of Branson -- for 16 years.
But Branson's work goes far beyond the business world. He was recently honored by Western Connecticut State University in Danbury to acknowledge the company’s substantial financial commitment to the school's Visual and Performing Arts Center.
In recognition of that commitment, WestConn and the Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education named the building’s central lobby for Branson.
Dillon, who is 47 and a father of four, said he has a strong passion for the manufacturing industry and looks forward to coming into work each day.
"I have always been excited about technology, helping customers solve problems and working in manufacturing companies. I've always been attracted to taking leadership roles to lead teams. I've been in roles where I was an individual contributor but I find it most satisfying to lead a team to get a result.
"I'm really exited to see how our technologies are used to solve real world problems," he said. "For example, how you can make an automotive part, such as a taillamp for a car or a medical device that can improve a patient's life."
Dillon grew up in St. Louis and has a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Case Western Reserve University in Ohio and an MBA from Washington University in Missouri.
One person who Dillon feels shaped who he is today is his childhood next-door neighbor Rick Filcoff. "He was an engineer who founded his own manufacturing company. I worked for him in high school, in his manufacturing plant. Later, I worked as an engineer for him.
"He got me excited about manufacturing, general management and business management," Dillon said. "I learned how to take care of customers."
Dillon said what most motivates him are the people he works with and the sense that "you can make a difference, you can change something to make it better," he said.
Aside from WestConn's Visual and Performing Arts Center, Branson has worked on other notable projects in the Greater Danbury area, including the new wing at Danbury Hospital. In addition, Branson supported the building of the outdoor pool at the Regional YMCA of Western Connecticut in Brookfield.
"These projects align with my desire to positively influence the community," Dillon said. "We are at a really exciting time now in our company, we are investing more than ever on new technologies and new products."
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