Faces of Evotherm: Adam Schaefer

Jun 27, 2017

Adam Schaefer has a pretty cool perspective on life. Maybe it’s the fact that he’s an art major who just fell into the world of asphalt. We can’t say for sure, but he’s a fun combination of artistic, technical and the calm-cool-collected type. Take his role on the Evotherm® field applications engineering team, for example. He says: “We are like the asphalt special forces division for Evotherm. We go to the contractor behind the scenes and support their projects by setting up Evotherm pumps and plants, and making sure our products are being used properly.” Think that sounds cool? Listen to some of his other musings.

Tell us about the experience you bring to your role and what you do at Ingevity.

I have experience with quality control, mix design and asphalt plants that I use to help our marketing team and customers achieve their goals. We have to have a complete understanding of Ingevity’s chemistries and the capabilities of our products, and also remain current on the pump systems we run and how to maintain them. We also do a lot of heading to jobs with little advance notice, so I savor family time in between jobs.

What’s your idea of happiness?

Living without regret.

Your idea of misery?

Doing something I don’t have a passion for.

Where would you like to live?

I am happy living here in the Charleston area. Leaving Chicago last year and spending my first winter in Charleston was enjoyable. If I could live outside of Charleston, I’d enjoy spending my summers in Montana or Colorado fishing, hunting and enjoying the scenery.

Who is your hero?

My mother. She was a teacher, mentor and a fearless fighter during her battle with cancer.

What talent do you wish you had?

I’d like to be able to play the violin.

When Adam hasn’t been attending state association meetings and interacting with customers this year, he’s been playing Dad. “I’m the father of twin four-year-old girls and an 8-month-old son,” says Adam. “So hobbies don’t really exist right now. But some of the things I enjoy that I hope to eventually get back to are golfing, hunting and art. I have a bachelor’s degree in art that I do not use enough.”

Adam enjoys the quote by the late Hunter Thompson, an American journalist an author, that says: “Freedom is something that dies unless it’s used.” We’re making good use of Adam’s technical and creative skills now that he’s a part of our team, and hope you get the opportunity to meet him on a project or at an upcoming meeting.