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Our employees are truly what makes TUV USA a diverse and special place to work. We have some pretty amazing people with many backgrounds and different personalities who have a real passion for what they do.  We’re kicking off a monthly interview series - Employee Spotlight - where we will feature our spirited associates.


Diana Sweeney

Diana joined TUV in May of 1996 and was hired as an administrator with QSD. She moved to business development for QSD, quoting and sales.  She was transferred into product safety administration – billing, quoting, and general admin. She started as MPD PM back in 2005 in the Salem office, then performed both MPD and QSD project management as well as HR for TUV USA, developing the Employee Handbook and setting up policies and procedures, including the performance review program. At the same time, she moved back into to QSD project management, handing the MPD reins to another PM.  During a restructuring in 2013-2014. She picked up MPD and TS 16949 again and still handle quite a few QSD clients.  Her favorite part of what she does is working with our customers. 

Before working at TUV USA what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?

I worked for and traveled with Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus for a couple of years. Contrary to popular belief I was not a clown. I performed a lot of "acts" - most of them in the kitchen slinging hash and eggs for the workers and performers. And, as most job descriptions say "and other duties as required by management". When I wasn't in the kitchen, I spent a lot of time hanging out with the 4 legged animals - mostly the show horses, mucking stalls and grooming them. Needless to say this experience was instrumental in preparing me for the circus we call "life".

What is your favorite part about working for TUV USA?

I like that no day is ever the same. The certification business is just that by nature. Some of the tasks are the same, but each customer, each project is different. I especially love working with customers and walking with them through the certification process.

What is your favorite thing to do on your day off?

I always make time to catch up with friends and family. I do some volunteering as well, mostly in hospice as a spiritual volunteer. I'm also taking a couple of on-line ministry classes, that require a lot of reading and writing. I enjoy cooking and binge-watching Netflix when I need some down time. In the nice weather, I like to spend time outdoors - mostly in the woods near lakes and streams. (Geez - I need more time off!)

What one food do you wish had zero calories?

BREAD!

What are three things on your bucket list?

 

Travel to the Pacific Northwest and into British Columbia

A trip to Sedona (the desert)

Some sort of spiritual retreat - A long one (a week +)

 

Do you have a Motto or personal mantra? If so, what is it?

I have so many! The Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi is how I try to live in relationship with others - but it is too long to write here and I will never perfect it! If I had to condense it or choose one thing it would be the Golden Rule otherwise known as the "Ethics of Reciprocity" - Treat others as you would like to be treated yourself AND most of all, be kind because you never know where another person has been - what they have encountered before the entered your space. Don't judge a book by its cover! (Did you really think I could keep it to a single one?)

photos courtesy of:

Ringling Bros, www.americanrivers.org, GatewayToSedona.com & Spiritual Retreats


Lisa McKiel

Prior to TUV USA Inc, Lisa went to Burdett School and earned her Secretarial Certificate with High Honors. She joined TUV in 2013 as a part-time receptionist, but has since grown exponentially. Lisa has many "hats" at TUV USA. Her roles include: Office Manager, HR Administration, Project Manager, and Assistant to the Managing Director. Lisa is married and they have five children.

Before working at TUV USA what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?

My first job I worked for a catering company washing dishes/glasses/utensils after functions. The dishes would sit for days before my shift. Lets just say I dealt with some pretty gross stuff. Prepared me well for when I had boys!

What is your favorite part about working for TUV USA?

Every day is a challenge and I am never bored!

What is your favorite thing to do on your day off?

Spending the day in York, Maine

What one food do you wish had zero calories?

Mashed potatoes

What are three things on your bucket list?

Volunteer at Villalobos Rescue Center in New Orleans

Own a home on the ocean

Vacation at all Caribbean islands

Do you have a Motto or personal mantra? If so, what is it?

What Goes Around Comes Around


Brianne Panneton

Brianne Panneton joined TUV USA Inc in January 2016 as Project Manager for QMS. She went to Bennington College for her BA and got her MS in Global Management from the Thunderbird School of Global management.

Before working at TUV USA what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?

Working at Spooky World/Nightmare New England at the Information Booth. I saw a lot of creepy looking creatures and they would take every opportunity they could to scare me as I'm the optimal customer at a haunted attraction.

What is your favorite part about working for TUV USA?

Being close with a lot of my colleagues, forming a strong team and having everyone accept my weird personality.

What is your favorite thing to do on your day off?

Shopping!

What one food do you wish had zero calories?

Ice cream

What are three things on your bucket list?

Go on a European cruise

Take up tap dancing again

Design/Build my dream home

Do you have a Motto or personal mantra? If so, what is it?

Be easy on yourself. Don't sweat the small stuff.


Katie joined TUV USA in September of 2016 as our Receptionist. In January 2017, has also taken the role of Academy Training Coordinator. Promoting and scheduling the Training Academy. She also supports Marketing and is an integral part of the Academy's success.

Before working at TUV USA what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?

The most interesting job I’ve had was as a Functional Support Service Coordinator at Harbor Homes. I provided services in a group home and in-home to individuals with serious and persistent mental illness. I planned and monitored services that builds the clients independent functioning. The clients kept each day different and exciting.

What is your favorite part about working for TUV USA?

My favorite part of working at TUV is learning about the certification industry. I enjoy planning, organizing and scheduling training seminars for TUV USA's Academy. Our headquarters is very comfortable and dog friendly!

What is your favorite thing to do on your day off?

I love being outdoors. Going on hiking and kayaking adventures. Although I strongly dislike being cold, i love to ski on a sunny "blue bird" day.

What one food do you wish had zero calories?

Pizza!

What are three things on your bucket list?

Vacation to Bora Bora and The Island of Tahiti

Hike New Hampshire's 48 4,000-Footers

Visit many vineyards in Italy

Do you have a Motto or personal mantra? If so, what is it?

"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind." —Dr. Seuss