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What’s your job title? Bid and Project Manager
How many years have you been with Nth? 13 years
What does a typical day for you at Nth look like? Everyday can be an adventure 😊 I am a project manager and handle customer facing projects, but as the bid manager, I also facilitate the bid process and make sure that our bids are complete and submitted on time.
Which fellow Nth’er(s) inspire you and why? Everyone 😊 Our PM team – each of us is different but always willing to help each other; our Executive team – having strong leadership that values each and every employee is inspiring (that a large percentage is female is extra inspiring); and my boss, Ferdi Tatad (Services Solution and PMO Manager), who is a mentor and friend. He is always grounding, positive, and inspiring.
What led you to this career/working at Nth? When I moved to San Diego from Virginia, I had the opportunity to interview with Karen Wood (VP, Human Resources), Clare C., and Kathy N. – their welcoming manner was my first (awesome) impression of Nth and the culture here. I was also drawn to technology and discovering that Project Management was a career, not just something you did because it needed to be done.
What is one of your favorite things about your job? Working with the PM Team – taking on challenges and overcoming them, and delivering awesome to our clients and teammates.
What is a work accomplishment you are proud of? There isn’t one single accomplishment but I’ve been able to grow in my role here with all of the opportunities I’ve been given.
What motivates you at work? Our team, our customers, and our philosophy of always doing the right thing.
What is one of the biggest lessons you’ve learned in your career? To always keep pushing forward. Always be learning, in whatever form that might come in.
What was your first job? Refinishing furniture for my mom’s antique business. My first “real” job was working at a costume and dance store in Old Town Occoquan. It had a reputation for being haunted and was definitely an interesting learning experience.
What is the best career advice you’ve received? “It’s a marathon, not a sprint” – Ferdi Tatad
What is your favorite place that you’ve travelled to? Here in San Diego! We used to vacation here before making the leap to move here. Maui and Kauai are also amazing.
What is your favorite movie and/or book? My favorite books are Stephen King's The Dark Tower series. My favorite movie is anything Star Wars but especially Return of the Jedi.
Describe your ideal weekend. Time with my husband. Ideally, waking up and having coffee, riding the Can-Am Spyder to the beach or an estate sale, having a nice dinner, and maybe working out.
What famous person or historical figure would you most like to meet and why? This one is hard. I think it varies depending on where I’m at or what I’m working on in life. I think Stephen King would be an interesting person to meet and have a conversation with just based upon his books and interviews.
What 3 items would you bring with you to a deserted island? Does my husband count? Otherwise, a Swiss Army knife, ChapStick, and a phone that can get a signal (or at least has a book or movie downloaded)
What is your perfect meal? Seafood or something with cheese (lobster mac & cheese maybe?), and a nice glass of wine
What is the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten? I’m not super adventurous with food. My dad used to eat liver and onions and I thought that was strange.
What do you like to do for fun? Ride the Can-Am, go to the beach, gaming, movies, yoga, garage gym
What was your first concert? First cassette tape? First CD? My first big concert was Prince. It was amazing! First record was Madonna’s "Lucky Star" single. I can’t remember the first cassette, but it was probably Bon Jovi or Prince.
What fictional character(s) do you most relate to? Leia Organa (Princess Leia from Star Wars). I am not as brave as she was, but I relate more to her philosophy of doing what is right, even when there is a cost, and not giving up.