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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.


Stephanie Stephen

Stephanie is the Auditor Qualification Manager for TUV USA. She has a bachelor degree in business finance and a master degree in education. Stephanie has spent the majority of her career in financial and administrative roles in educational institutions, including qualification of law students for the state bar and international teaching.

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

In university I worked at a pizzeria where we served giant deep dish pizzas filled with cheese that were about 1500 calories per slice.

What is your favorite part about working for TUV USA?

I love the people that I work with and the opportunities for growth and development. I feel that my personal and professional goals and interests are taken into consideration.

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

Play with my son!

What one food do you wish had zero calories?

French fries

What are three things on your bucket list?

1. Go Skydiving

2. Take a one week vacation completely by myself.

3. See my son grow into a happy, healthy adult.

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

"We can complain because rose bushes have thorns or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses."

 

 

 

Al Byrnes

Al Byrnes is our Financial Manager Assistant. Al joined the TUV team in June of 2017. Happy one year anniversary! Al has 25 years' experience as a controller in the construction industry. We are so happy to have Al on our team!

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

Special Needs bus driver - had a small but great group of kids

What is your favorite part about working for TUV USA?

The people I work with

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

Go to the beach with a good book and some good music and relax

What one food do you wish had zero calories?

Peanut Butter

What are three things on your bucket list?

Drive cross country at my leisure - no time constraints, Visit all 31 NHL rinks for a game, Visit Hawaii and Alaska - I know a few people who have been to one or the other and they all loved the experience.

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

Nobody wins unless everybody wins - Bruce Springsteen

   

Janice Harvey

Janice Harvey is our Project Manager for the Medical Products Division. She joined our team as an Administrative Assistance in May of 2016, and moved to the Medical Products Division in September 2016. She is currently attending Kaplan University for a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. Janice provides independent content writing and support for all divisions. 

 

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

I worked in Security for 3 years. The things you see when you are responsible for closing a building down after midnight are unforgettable.

What is the favorite part about working for TUV USA?

Things are always changing, it never stays static. It keeps it interesting and fun! And with the Office growing so quickly, there are constantly new and colorful people joining and expanding our team.

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

Either going out to the movies with my twin and our friends, or hanging out at home with a book, a puzzle, or a game!

What one food do you wish had zero calories?

Kahlua Dessert Crepe from the Country Tavern in Nashua, NH - one of the best all time desserts I've ever had, and it comes topped with toasted coconut...

What are three things on your bucket list?

I want to go to a Meditation and Yoga retreat in India, take a cross-country train from the East to the West coast in the United States, and go on a European road-trip!

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

"Shoot for the moon; even if you miss, you'll land among the stars."

  

  

Ralf Thomsen

Ralf Thomsen joined TUV USA, Inc. as Managing Director in 2015 and has taken over in January 2017 the responsibility as Vice President for System Certification, Food & Agriculture for the Region Americas. He previously served as Managing Director of TUV UK Ltd and was responsible for overseeing the merger and acquisition activities of TUV NORD Systems GmbH & CO.KG. Ralf has an MBA with a focus on international management and market development. He has a wealth of experience in various leadership roles, which oversee services in technical surveillance, health and safety, training, and certification.

 

 

 

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

Diving Instructor

What is your favorite part about working for TUV USA?

I love the team!

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

Playing with my kids!

What one food do you wish had zero calories?

Pizza!

What are three things on your bucket list?

Building a house, becoming an adult and retire

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

I always win and if I lose I learn

   

Vanya Tosheva

Vanya visited TUV USA office for a few months from TÜV NORD GROUP. Vanya is the Deputy Specialist Manager ISO 9001 & Aerospace (AQMS) at TÜV NORD GROUP.

Thank you Vanya for all of your support! Come back and visit the TUV USA team!

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

I worked as a hostess at trade fairs for different international companies. I love meeting new people from different countries with different cultures. It is fascinating how different the people all over the world can be.

What is your favorite part about working for TUV USA?

I am never bored. There are so many challenges and I can learn every day something new. Travelling to different TÜV NORD subsidiaries is also another favorite part of my job.

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

Spending time with my family and friends and going to the gym or doing some outdoor sport activities. And if I have more than a day off for sure travelling somewhere and exploring the world.

What one food do you wish had zero calories?

Chocolate

What are three things on your bucket list?

Round-the-world trip Building family and having kids Own a home on the water (ocean, sea, lake)

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

Work hard, play hard!

Ashley Smejkal

Ashley joined TUV USA in October, 2016 as Administrative Assistant for the Food Safety Division. In March 2017, she was promoted to Project Coordinator. She supports the Food Division team, ensuring excellence in client satisfaction for new and renewal certification audits. Ashley has more than a decade of experience in customer service and sales within the food service industry.

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

I was a bartender... enough said. Not unusual, but man oh man, the things you would see & hear!

What is your favorite part about working for TUV USA?

There is never a dull moment! 

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

For a day off, I enjoy spending time with my boyfriend and puppy. There is nothing better than taking a small adventure with the two of them, or just simply lounging around watching movies. For a week off, nothing beats a tropical all-inclusive getaway!

What one food do you wish had zero calories?

I don't pay attention to that! I love food and do not discriminate by looking at such things.

What are three things on your bucket list?

Travel to Bali and explore all of the beautiful architecture and see first hand what inspires so many artist/ designers.

Travel the world for pleasure.

Have children and build a family, all while being successful in my career.

 

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

"This life is what you make it. No matter what, you're going to mess up sometimes. But the good part is you get to decide how you're going to mess it up... Just because you fail once, doesn't mean you're gonna fail at everything. Keep trying, hold on, and always, always believe in yourself, because if you don't, then who will, sweetie? So keep you head high, keep your chin up, and most importantly, keep smiling, because life's a beautiful thing and there's so much to smile about." Marilyn Monroe

"To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe." Anatole France

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