R&D Manager Paint shop in Sunstar Engineering Americas
What did you want to be when you were a kid?
I wanted to be many different things, but what I remember most was wanting to teach grade school. I thought it would be fun teaching others and helping them learn. I was greatly influenced by the teachers in my life, including my father, and wanted to be like them.
How would your friends describe you?
Dependable and sacrificing to a fault. Intelligent and fun loving. Responsible and caring. Claims to not like the spotlight, but flourishes in it whether known or not.
What are your hobbies?
I have several hobbies that I rotate through. I love baking and decorating cakes, crocheting, reading, and drawing to mention a few.
What’s your favorite family tradition?
We gather on Christmas Eve, at my parent’s home, to have hot cocoa and yule log. We read as a family, The Night Before Christmas. Each person in attendance will read a line of the story until it is complete. Then we go around the room and give a year in reflection and basically enjoy each other’s love and company.
What is your proudest accomplishment?
The family I have built with my husband. We have two brilliant children who will be turning 2 and 4 this year. Being apart of their world and helping them learn and explore means more to me than most anything. They bring me joy every day, and have made me a better person each day too.
What was your first job?
My first job happened while I was still in high school. My parents wanted me to get some experience before going to college. I was employed at a movie theater in my hometown, and I learned several skilling during my time there, but only stayed for 3 months. I ended up having conflicts with work and my afterschool scheduling because I was recruited to be in the production of The Sound of Music. Even after all these years, I don’t regret choosing my classmates and school play over being employed at that time.
What is your favorite thing about your career?
Working in the lab and getting my hands dirty. I find that physically seeing the work as it’s being completed and being a part of its construction better serves me to find the issues and root out solutions in an efficient manner.
Tell us in one sentence what you do at Sunstar.
I manage the development of new products and continuous improvement of current products for the Paint shop division of the R&D department of Sunstar Engineering Americas with my team of 6 talented people.
What is the best part of working at Sunstar?
Honestly the group of people I’m surrounded by every day. Each person contributes to the company goal and brings a good atmosphere to the work environment which cultivates good work. It’s like having another family.
What would you like Sunstar to look like on its 100th anniversary?
Expanding to new technologies and becoming more of a global entity. I would like us to be known for our quality products and services worldwide and for us to foster more partnerships with our customers (current and future). Bring Sunstar into an age where nearly everyone will know who we are and what we provide.
Ready to make a difference?
People make Sunstar the company it is. We are always searching for individuals who are ready to contribute to our mission — to help people everywhere achieve better health and enhance their quality-of-life. If you are looking for a fulfilling career in a team working on inspiring challenges, we would like to hear from you, wherever you are.
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