Meet the Team: Steve Lutes

From his days as a lead singer in a rock band, to his dreams of learning from Warren Buffet himself; meet Steve Lutes, Director of Business Development at Microban International.

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How long have you worked for Microban?

A little over 10 months

What 3 traits define you?

Several guiding principles that I use to evaluate daily circumstances:

  • Make and keep promises/commitments: the cornerstone of any relationship.
  • Passion drives success and results. A lack of it drives mediocrity at best.
  • Start with broad, even crazy out of the box ideas when problem solving. You can usually sculpt wild ideas into something that makes sense. I find it’s difficult to stretch a conventional solution into something ground breaking

What is one interesting fact about you that people would be surprised to learn?

I passed on a full music scholarship to be the lead singer of a rock band. My parents were horrified! Out to the real world you go! After a year of poverty and band members dropping in and out, I had enough. My new trauma induced goal became to graduate at the top of my engineering class. That was a lot easier than the entertainment business – believe it!

Where is the best place you have traveled to and why?

New York City – It’s all there.

How do you define success?

Developing trust in relationships and putting your best effort into your strongest passions.

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

Uh, but I can learn to do anything, right? I think Warren Buffet’s wisdom and skills would come in handy. I’d prefer to learn from him directly.

What three words would you use to describe Microban International?

World Leading Brand.

That’s the reason I buy Dolby, UL, Gore-Tex certified products and technology. Too much to lose to get it wrong – that goes for the brands that partner with them as well.

What is your favorite thing about working in the antimicrobial industry?

Diversity! Variety! In cultures, geographies, industries/markets, technologies – every partner brings a new set of lessons to be learned. It’s a buffet for the curious – which I am.

If you could have dinner with anyone, living or deceased, who would it be?

Whoever it is who will grant this wish.

If you had to eat one meal every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Let’s go with something with high nutritional diversity to keep me healthy: Perhaps a Thanksgiving feast.