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Employee Spotlight: Vicki Adams


Sales Manager Transportation Groupvicki adams

sales manager, transportation group 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 a Sales Manager for the Transportation division in North America. I am responsible for managing five very talented Salespeople, focusing on the Michigan and Canadian marketplace. We offer Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) testing, environmental testing, and EV battery testing. We also sell functional safety services. I joined TÜV SÜD 8 years ago as an Account Executive and, after a year, I was promoted to my current position of Sales Manager.

How did you choose this career path?
I always had an interest in learning how things worked, both mechanically and electronically; I have Bachelor of Science in Electronic Engineering. Starting my career, I sought out an industry in which I could have influence and be able to challenge myself to think outside of the box.

What do you enjoy most about your role?
I love seeing all the new and different technologies that are being developed for the transportation industry. In the automotive industry, there is a big change in the ways vehicles operate, with semi-autonomous and fully autonomous vehicles gradually becoming integrated within society. I think it’s exciting that we are involved with a lot of new, transformative technologies, like sensors, LiDar, and cameras that are being deployed within vehicles.

Are there challenges you've faced in your career that have taught you important lessons?
That’s a good question. I have overcome some challenges over the course of my career. For me, navigating a male-dominated field as a young professional presented some challenges, but as I learned more about the field and the position I was working in, I gained much more confidence in my abilities and skill set regarding understanding new technologies and the testing world. I consistently educate myself in engineering disciplines, so that I can speak with authority and perform my job to the best of my ability.

What do you think the industry will look like 20 years from now?
I believe in 20 years we will see a huge advancement in technologies. Specifically, for the automotive industry, I think about 80% of the new vehicle market will be semi or fully autonomous. I think the emotional connection to vehicles will unfortunately decline at a rapid rate by that point. I was brought up in the Detroit automotive market because my dad worked for GM, so I’ve seen the feeling of nostalgia and the passion for vehicles diminish over time.

What advice do you have for young people considering entering the field?
My advice is to be patient and keep learning. I suggest finding a mentor who can coach you along the way, so you can establish the career path that you want to be on. Also, try not to get overwhelmed and ahead of yourself; all good things come with time. 

When not working, how do you spend your spare time?
I enjoy spending time with my two kids, family and friends. I do a lot of road and mountain biking. Last year, I accomplished a milestone; I completed a 100-mile bike ride in Kentucky along the Bourbon trail.



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