Jacob Gunia

Director - Rapid Continuous Improvement

Snap-on Tools

Kenosha, WI

Years with Snap-on: 22


Positions Held at Snap-on: Plant Manager, Operations Manager, Continuous Improvement Manager, Design Engineer, Production Supervisor, Engineering Intern

Education: Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University

Interesting Snap-on Stories: Most of the stories that I tell, and over-tell, revolve around the interesting people I have had the pleasure of meeting during my time at Snap-on—from meeting race car drivers, to discussing what makes a perfect fry with the CEO of McDonalds, to showing Mike Rowe around the Milwaukee plant and shaking the hand of the president of the United States.  

An Interesting Thing About My Snap-on Story: My first connection with Snap-on was at a college career fair. Snap-on was looking for summer interns in the power tools division. I thought it would be a pretty interesting way to spend a summer. 18 years and 4 locations later I am still hanging around. 

Recent Accomplishments: Working with the team at the Milwaukee Plant to establish an in-house CNC Machinist training program with our local technical college. Watching people get new skills and advance in their careers to make a better life for themselves and their families is one of the most fulfilling parts of my job. 

Family: Wife (Kristin), two kids Jameson - 5 and Sophia - 9

Hobbies & Interests: Snow skiing, traveling and camping in National Parks with my family, tinkering with my Jeep

Favorite Snap-on Item: I’ve had my eye on an EPIQ roll cab for a couple of years now. Those boxes are works of art. The trouble is convincing my wife I need the upgrade.

What does it mean to you to work for Snap-on? 
It gives me a great amount of pride to be associated with a company that makes the best tools in the world. From a personal level, Snap-on and the people at Snap-on have become very intertwined in my life. Many of the people I now consider life-long friends I met while working at Snap-on.

Would you recommend Snap-on to a friend?
Absolutely. Besides being a great place to work in general, Snap-on is also a great sized company. It’s large enough to offer you opportunities around the globe, but small enough that leadership knows you by name and you feel that your efforts can be seen in the quarterly results.