Maggie Beauregard has grown with Charlton, Mass.-based MTD Micro Molding.
Her first job was at the specialty injection molder while she was a masonry and tile setting student at a local vocational high school. Beauregard had applied for a janitorial position, then she went on to be a clean room technician, quality technician, lead quality technician and now quality manager.
"As quality manager, I manage and maintain MTD product release programs and work within the quality system to implement and monitor controls and procedures," Beauregard said. "I manage any audits as well and help MTD Micro Molding achieve its exceptional quality standards."
A career highlight was when MTD got a CT scanner. "I was completely responsible for getting it set up from compliance, regulations, training and figuring out how to make it [work] best for our tiny molded parts," she said. "This was a big challenge, and I did this all in two to three months."
One of Beauregard's greatest achievements has been working her way up to her current position over an eight-year period.
"I recognize that it is a big achievement at my age and acknowledge that [it] comes with lots of responsibility," said the 23-year-old.
Beauregard has a bachelor's degree in business administration from Worcester State University. She will receive her master's degree in medical device regulatory affairs from Northeastern University in December 2021.
"As my jobs evolved at MTD, the medical device field continued to pique my interest," she said. "Anything that helps make surgeries more minimally invasive and improve patient recovery times and outcomes is really interesting to me."
Beauregard was the only woman in her shop at the four-year masonry program in vocational school.
"From there, I always pushed away people's perception and opinions of what females 'should do' or 'are capable of doing' and forged my own path based on my own passions and interests," she said. "Being a young female in an important role in the plastics industry, I face these challenges from time to time where my abilities can come into question because of simply who I am. By taking on this role, I am helping pave the way and break the mold for women in leadership positions in the industry."
Maggie Beauregard was nominated by Lindsay Mann, director of sales and marketing for MTD Micro Molding.
Q: If you were CEO of a company, what would you do first?
Beauregard: If I was CEO of a company, the first thing I would do is sit with all employees and see what is working and what isn't. It is essential to the success of a company to have employees that are happy and challenged in their jobs.
Q: Most unexpected thing you learned from the pandemic?
Beauregard: How quickly things can change in the world was unexpected and how quickly MTD adapted to the pandemic was very impressive. MTD kept employees safe as we continued working through the pandemic as an essential business, supporting all departments to ensure jobs were completed on time. … Not to mention MTD completed a significant facility expansion project in 2020 as well.
Q: Who is your mentor or someone you look up to?
Beauregard: Gary Hulecki has not only been my boss for several years at MTD but has guided me through my career progression for a long time. He has been someone that helped me professionally and personally, providing me with valuable life advice along the way. Seeing how he manages others on a daily basis sets a great example for me — he takes everyone's thoughts and opinions seriously and is a calm, confident leader.