Employee Spotlight: Steve Card

Employee Spotlight: Steve Card

Steve Card - Employee Spotlight with Albemarle

Meet Steve Card, Senior HSE Manager, located at our Magnolia, Arkansas site. Learn what the Bromine Vision & Mission means to him, achievements he is most proud of and more!

How long have you been with Albemarle? 
I have been with Albemarle for 32 years, and 24 of those years have been in HSE roles.

Which value resonates with you the most and why?
Our Core Value of CARE resonates the most. It is my big thing and I am very passionate about it. We CARE by being good stewards of our resources. We CARE for the people at our site – their safety and well-being are the priority. We CARE because we are mentors to our Magnolia community in areas such as emergency response and HSE training.

How has the Bromine Vision & Mission inspired you in your work?
Part of the Vision states “we are committed to creating a better tomorrow for the world we live in." It is important to me to put people and the environment first in everything we do. I think about our Vision and I am intentional about how I react ensuring my actions tie back to our Bromine Mission & Vision and Core Values.

How has the Bromine Vision & Mission helped you achieve success?
It has strengthened my commitment to continuously improve our work environment. Additionally, it helps me succeed in getting what I need done. The Bromine Vision & Mission are our marching orders and the first thing people think of when performing their work. It makes my job easier and more successful.

What achievement are you most proud of (while at ALB)? 
It is hard for me to focus on only one achievement, as there are several that I am very proud of. 

  • Our Magnolia site became Albemarle's first Wildlife Habitat Council certified site. This allowed us to start on-site mentoring with area high school and college STEM students. 
  • Our wetlands mitigation bank was created to allow Magnolia brinefields to expand as needed into the future, which is key to the success of our GBU.
  • We became Albemarle's first OSHA VPP STAR Site, which sets the stage for open collaboration with OSHA and workplace safety. This started our journey to safety excellence.

What is the best part about working in the Bromine GBU?
The entire GBU has always been very supportive in general (from the local team all the way up to Leadership) and has provided ample opportunity to grow in your career path. I think it is the place to be within Albemarle!

What advice would you give others in your profession or people seeking to be in your profession?
My advice is to be open to learning things you were not taught in school. On-the-job training is very important. Be sure to use the pieces of knowledge shared to help you learn and grow - people are your asset. When interested in a new role or a different career path, tell someone and work at that goal.

What inspirational quote would you like to share?
“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company... a church... a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past... we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you... we are in charge of our attitudes." - Charles Swindoll

This article is part of Albemarle’s internal “Bromine Employee Spotlight” series which explores the ways in which our global employees connect to the Bromine mission, vision and values. To learn more about Albemarle or our Bromine business, please visit www.Albemarle.com.