Junior Medina • The Good of Goshen

Junior Medina

General Manager of Lippert Components Plant 91

Published Dec. 2019

This used to be Seating Technology before Lippert Components bought us out. I worked here in college during the summers just to save a little money for the school year. Right after college, I worked at a staffing agency. But I had a friend at Seating Technology and he said, ‘Come back. We need some people to run production.’ 

I’m now a general manager. I’ve been in this role a year now. It was a good opportunity. It’s something I’m super proud of. 

I was actually born in Aguascalientes, Mexico. But I was brought over at a very early age – before I could walk, even. I’ve been in Goshen basically since I was 1 year old, and now I’m 36.

One thing my parents have always instilled in me is, ‘Be humble, be respectful, work hard, and always have the right attitude.’ As I got into leadership roles, I definitely made sure I was humble, respectful, and was always positive when talking to team members here at LCI. I always make sure to talk to them like I am talking to family.

I loved my time at Goshen High School. I was big into sports, played soccer and basketball. I played soccer for four years on the varsity and was captain for my last two years. Basketball I played two years. I ended up playing soccer at Manchester College for four years and loved it.

Now I coach soccer and basketball. It’s all volunteer: One of our objectives at LCI is volunteering and helping the community in any way we can.

Basketball, I volunteer coach for the Goshen Redhawks and Elkhart Bucks travel teams. Goshen Stars is all non-profit and all-volunteer just to make it affordable for the kids in the area. I remember when I was young and playing soccer, my parents didn’t have a lot of money. It was either my teammates’ parents paying for me or taking me to games and tournaments. I feel like this is a way I can pay back. It’s important to me.

For me, sports in high school, college, and through coaching is one of the foundations that I believe made me who I am. For a young kid, I think sports instills some of the discipline and confidence you need to be successful.

Writing, editing, and photography by Scott Weisser and Neil King

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