PRICE, Utah — Mar. 18, 2020 – Dustless Technologies has announced Spencer Loveless as its new CEO. This comes following the retirement of Colleen Loveless-Maynes from the company last month.
Spencer Loveless, originally from Price, graduated with a Bachelors of Business Management with a minor in Aviation from Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah.
An Interview with Spencer Loveless, CEO
Austin Martinez, National Account Manager for Dustless Technologies, was able to ask Spencer a few questions about his history and what to expect in the future.
Austin: When did you start working for your parents?
Spencer: When I was two years old I started pushing the broom. Later I worked on the production lines. Then my parents decided to take a chance and let me have a chance at accounting. After accounting, I was able to work as the production manager. That was all before 2006 on a part-time basis while I was going through school.
Austin: You were going to school at UVU; what brought you back to Price?
Spencer: Although flying airplanes is a huge rush, commercial pilots can be away from their families a lot. I knew I would be starting a family and didn’t want my career to take me away from them. The family environment was my focus. The family business was a great opportunity to bring me back and work with my mom and dad. I graduated in 2006 and started working alongside my dad in the Research and Development Department. I was hoping I could use my business degree to really grow the business.
Full-Time In The Company
Austin: So you were able to come back to your hometown with a business degree and started working full time. How did you find yourself moving up into leadership?
Spencer: Well I loved the short time I had working with my father full time. My mom was still the President of the company and my dad had all the crazy ideas (which she had to keep him in check), but while piloting to a trade show in November of 2008, my dad was in an accident and passed away. At that moment our company had to make some decisions on leadership and directions. I started working with my mother and our other leaders in the company. It was kind of ‘divide and conquer’ and figure out how we were going to make it all work.
Austin: What has it been like for you to see the company evolve?
Spencer: It’s been awesome because as the company has evolved, you don’t know it’s going to go in certain directions until it’s laid in front of you. It’s been pretty amazing to see the evolution of different product developments and product ideas and where the future is really taking us today. The next few years there are going to be a lot of changes. A lot of cool technology is going to emerge to make manufacturing that much more accessible and faster production here in the USA. One of our goals is to drive the Made in America products.
Austin: What kind of technology are you looking at?
Spencer: The biggest one is going to be 3-D printing – having the ability to produce what you want, when you want it, in-house. Some of the driving factors of trying to get out of China and other parts of Asia are being able to produce on demand and in-house, and have the ability to be agile to customers’ needs. What’s going to set us apart from the competition is being able to capitalize on those technologies and be the leader in the market, not only for manufacturing but in dust control.
Austin: It sounds like you’re planning on mass production?
Spencer: Yeah, for sure. Mass production is the way of the future with 3-D printing. Some people don’t think it’s going to be coming around for another ten, fifteen years. I think we’re gonna prove them wrong.
Austin: What is your message to your partner network? The dealers, distributors, reps?
Spencer: I’d just like to thank them for supporting us and supporting a U.S. company. We realize there are a lot of options out there that people can choose. Many of them have a lot deeper pockets than we have, but I’d just like to thank them for sticking with us. I would also like to say that we love to hear feedback on our products and like to hear about other innovations we can bring to the market that would help them.
Departure of Colleen Loveless-Maynes
Colleen Loveless-Maynes, who started the company with her late husband Mike Loveless, retired from the company in February after more than 30 years. Her position has been filled by her son and long-time employee, Spencer. Colleen is a beloved friend that all will miss.
“Colleen was always the President – it was one of my dad’s way of having to show his love to his best friend, wife, companion, partner in crime and being a loving husband. He always made sure she felt she was needed in the company, which she very much was. My dad always answered to her, even though he was the brainchild behind a lot of things that happened. She was the one that kept his feet on the ground”, Spencer said of his parents’ management roles.
Colleen and her husband Alan are currently serving as full-time service missionaries. They are serving in Ethiopia and surrounding regions for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for the next 18 months.
A New Era
As our company moves into this new place, we would like to thank Colleen Loveless-Maynes, Spencer Loveless, and our partners and customers across the globe. We look forward to building the industry in new and exciting places.
To learn more, please contact our office at (435) 637-5885.