Faces of Evotherm: Tyler Francis

Apr 06, 2017

What do you call it when your customers are also your friends? “Lucky,” says Tyler Francis, technical marketing manager in the central U.S. “I love spending time with people and our industry has the best. My customers are my friends.”

If you like Tyler’s perspective on people, then we bet you’ll like getting to know him as much as we like having him around Ingevity.

What achievement in your life is important to you?

My family is pretty awesome. Three stinking cute daughters, a beautiful wife and an extremely tightly knit, down-home immediate family. We work together and play together. I’m very proud of that.

What items do you wish you had if you’re stuck in an elevator for hours?

My phone. Can do just about anything with the darn thing. And I’m going to need to a phone to call an elevator repairman.

What do you feel qualified to teach?

I could teach a pavement preservation course, consultative selling skills, Auctioneering 101.

Auctioneering? Tell us more!

I grew up in our family real estate and auction business. My sisters, brothers-in-law, mom and dad all participate. I went to auction school when I was 16 and have been calling auctions ever since. It’s fun to be incorporate a family skill into our industry by calling benefit auctions for construction association fund raisers!

What is your dream vacation?

Snowboarding in the Alps; visiting every Major League Baseball stadium in a single year; or just a staycation with my wife.

Who is the most courageous person you’ve ever met?

A friend of mine who is a U.S. Navy Seal.

If independently wealthy, Tyler would be staycationing with his wife; playing with his daughters; boating; snowboarding; opening a restaurant; or building or rebuilding something. “From a late model muscle car, to a business that needs some TLC,” he says.

And if he ever has the chance to be someone else for a week, you’ll be able to find him in the bullpen as a catcher for a major league team. “Just sitting on a bucket, playing catch.”

If you ask him about books, he’ll encourage you to read “Goodnight Moon”; “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See”; or “The Giving Tree.” Tyler says: “It’s hard to beat reading to kids.”

He finds inspiration in the verse: “Don’t worry about anything; Instead, pray about everything.”

We don’t worry about much with Tyler on our team! As the start of the 2017 paving season nears, we wish you success and invite you back for our next Faces of Evotherm feature.