#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 TÜV SÜD?
I am one of the Account Executives at TÜV SÜD. The majority of what I sell is for our Auburn Hills and Newmarket Facilities. I mainly sell Environmental Testing, Battery Testing, and Connector and Terminal Testing. I also sell Functional Safety and Wireless services. We're really encouraged to cross sell with other teams within TÜV SÜD, so it always seems like I’m still learning about other capabilities within the company.
You've been working at TÜV SÜD for about 14 years. What about TÜV SÜD has made you stay here for so long?
I really like our team and the company overall. When I first started, we were a smaller lab called EST Testing. It was a lab that TÜV SÜD purchased. I was a little reluctant at first. I have worked for larger companies in the past, and I was ready to move to a smaller company where I thought I could make more of a difference. I decided to stay for a couple of years, and it ended up being a wonderful company to work for. I love all the people; everybody here at the local labs in Auburn Hills and Newmarket are phenomenal. We have a great staff, excellent management team; all the support is outstanding. Our Program Managers and technical staff are amazing. With the support and the staff that we have, it is a great place to work. I could not do my job if I did not have a strong team around me. I really enjoy my job and our Automotive Testing Industry in general. There is never a dull moment; it’s always challenging, and things are always changing.
How have you been able to grow within the company?
I started off as a Program Manager. I was a Program Manager for a couple of years. During this time, TÜV SÜD worked on a joint venture in Florida with a company called EDAG. The joint venture went really well. One of the managers from the TÜV SÜD team that was with us liked me and suggested to another manager within the company to try me out in sales. My attitude was always “put me wherever you need me” so they put me into sales, and it has worked out great ever since.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
A lot of our job involves product development. You get to see a lot of products and components before they come to market. Often in development, products have issues. It’s fun to be able to assist our customers and help with solutions to improve their products. Another thing is the battery industry. Even though the battery and the electric vehicle have been around for a while now, it is really gaining a lot of steam these last couple of years. It is exciting to be part of something that is getting so prevalent worldwide and growing so fast. Overall, it is the lack of monotony that makes my job so exciting.
How have you changed since you began working at TÜV SÜD?
Working at TÜV SÜD for 14 years, there’s been a lot of technology that has changed, internally, and in the industry. I have had to keep up to speed on everything. I have had to learn a lot about the battery business because it is growing fast. As new products and technologies come out, you must be able to adapt or stay ahead of things, so you know what you are talking about with our clients.
What advice do you have for young individuals looking to join TÜV SÜD?
You need to be flexible. “Semper Gumby,” which means always be flexible. You always need be able to roll with the punches. Another thing I always say to younger folks is to do internships while in school or work as a co-op. Do as many internships as you can before joining the workforce full time.
Wen not working, how do you spend your spare time?
Outside of the office, I love to ski, hike, and mountain bike. I do most of my skiing in Colorado. I have a son that lives there. Last year, I learned how to surf in South Carolina. I wasn’t very good, so I hope to go again this summer and get in some practice! This year, I’ve been white water rafting a couple of times. Once in Tennessee, once in Pennsylvania. So, I guess you could add “traveling” to the list.
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