Employee Spotlight

Mike Kane, Cost Analyst

How long have you been at Viking?
Since 2004, 2004-2008 as a consultant, 2009-2018 as a full time employee.

Which celebrity would you swap places with for the day?
Michael Jordan in his prime.

What’s a talent no one knows about?
I am very good at doing things with my opposite hand including having bowled several 200 games left handed.

If you could travel anywhere, where would it be?

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
Play a musical instrument, guitar or piano.

If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you’d do?
Besides retiring, travel.

What is something you’ve learned in the last week?
Due to the surgery on my right shoulder, I learned that I could probably survive with just one arm even if it was my left arm.

Favorite story/memory during your time at Viking?
In late March of 2012, I traveled to our sister plant in Suzhou, China with our controller (my boss) and one of our engineering program managers. When we would return to the hotel after work, they would go to their rooms and Skype with their spouses while I waited in the hotel bar. I got to know one of the female bartenders, we would talk about each other’s culture. One night, my boss took a photo of the two of us. Being April Fool’s Day, I uploaded the photo to Facebook and changed my status to married. Needless to say, my Facebook page blew up and I was getting e-mails from my co-workers. The next night when I spoke with my parents, who I told about the prank but who are not on Facebook, they said that they were getting calls from relatives, including some who asked why they weren’t invited to the wedding. Most people hadn’t realized what day it was and Facebook wouldn’t let me change my status back for a week. When I returned to the States, I still received questions about it. On my three subsequent trips to Suzhou, I was able to reunite with “my bride”. I did explain the whole situation to her on my second trip and she got a big kick out it. Several of my friends rank it as one of the greatest April Fool’s jokes.