Our Community Stories

Wintek powered by Tipmont is excited to launch a new video series featuring several of our community members. Our families, our friends, and our neighbors make up the community we call home. These are the people, like you, who make our area a rich and vibrant place to live. And we’re delighted to share their stories with you.

The people you’ll meet

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Our community stories include Kassie Coverdale, a professional dog trainer. Kassie’s business, Engineering Change Training, was just starting to take off, when COVID-19 forced all of us to change the way we work and play. Discover how Kassie has managed to adapt her hands-on dog training to a successful online business, while still retaining her passion for the work she is doing.

When he was five years old, Greg Stout’s grandfather gave him a feed sack with model trains purchased at a garage sale. This stoked the engine to a burgeoning hobby that set him on track for a lucrative career, as Greg became the President and Owner of Williamsport-based Stout Auctions, the leading U.S. auction house in the world dealing in toy trains. Greg shares his love of trains, and the impact COVID-19 has had on his life and business.

Natalie Gilbert, owner of Gilbert Farms, shares her story of the rigors of farming life and the challenges of running a 4000-acre family farm in rural Lafayette, while keeping up with changing technology and adjusting to life during a pandemic. Natalie tells us about her farm, and her connection to the community!

And there’s more to come!

Take a few minutes to learn more about the fascinating people we know in our community! OurCommunityStories.com


Rob Ford

Rob Ford

Rob Ford is Tipmont and Wintek's communication director, a role he's held since 2015. Rob has a bachelor's and a master's in Communication from Purdue University. He lives in West Lafayette with his wife and three children and has a life-sized Yoda statue in his office. Away from the office, you’ll find Rob working on his golf swing, jump shot, or hope for a Purdue basketball national title – all futile endeavors.

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