Employee Spotlight: Allison Toensing



Allison toensing

vice president of operations, treasurer for arise at TÜV SÜD America

#FutureInYourHands – This motto properly describes how TÜV SÜD empowers its employees. It’s best to hear from TÜV SÜD executives and staff members what their personal experiences are working for TÜV SÜD.

Can you describe your role within the company?
I am the Vice President of Operations and Treasurer for ARISE. I am responsible for overseeing office roles within the organization to ensure clients are setup correctly, and work as a liaison to schedule inspectors and clients, so I collaborate with the Operations Manager on that side. Additionally, I handle finances for ARISE, which consists of making sure we have contracts and required insurance policies in place in order to perform all necessary inspections. I also work very closely with the Sales and Account Management group on the quoting process. I’ve been in my current role for 3 years, but joined TÜV SÜD in 2003; I started as a General Ledger Accountant and experienced career growth over the years as I added more responsibilities to my role, which has lead me into the position I am in today. 

How did you choose this career path?
I started taking Accounting classes in high school. In college, I thought I wanted to be a chemist, but realized that was not the career path that I wanted to pursue. So, I went back to studying Accounting, which really interested and fascinated me. My background is what got me started with the company, but along the way I got more involved with the Operations side of the business and have been learning and developing my career ever since. 

What do you enjoy most about your job and working at TÜV SÜD?
I like the interaction within the entire organization, from the office staff to the field staff. It’s very rewarding to see how everyone within the company is contributing to shared goals and fulfilling the mission of TÜV SÜD. I think it’s so interesting that TÜV SÜD started 150 years ago, due to a boiler explosion. Boiler testing is at the heart of what ARISE does, so there is still a strong connection to the foundation of the company. Our roles are still as important today as they were 150 years ago.

Are there challenges you've faced in your career that have taught you important lessons?
There have been challenges, yes. Throughout my career, I have encountered a number of obstacles to overcome. I think it’s important to make sure that you are aware of not only the ultimate goal of the company, but also your own goals, to establish how you can best contribute in your position. I also believe developing an understanding of how things are done and why they are done in certain ways is extremely valuable to learn; shifting your perspective can optimize career growth and opportunities.

What do you think the industry will look like 20 years from now?
In my opinion, I think the boiler inspection industry will look very similar to how it is today. It’s imperative to have someone in the field to inspect the boilers, which pertains to state requirements. In a general sense, I think the testing, inspection, and certification industry will experience changes due to the advancement of technology. The current global pandemic is forcing companies to rethink how certain things are done, while still maintaining a high priority on the health and safety of workers. So, in the future, I think the advancement of technology will aid in how some inspections are completed.

When not working, how do you spend your spare time?
I enjoy being outside and going on bike rides. I also spend a lot of time with my niece and nephew, and I like to travel.

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