What current project(s) are you working on?
I currently lead the Human Resources department and my responsibilities include employee relations, benefits, and immigration. I am also a member of the Task Force Committee to assist the company through the current pandemic, the Teleworking Efficiency committee, and Career Development Committee, just to name a few.
Do you get to do something at work every day that you love? If so, what is it?
Yes, I get to interact with everyone! Seriously, it’s a joy to work with everyone and assist where I can.
What is your career highlight so far? (at PMA?)
My career highlight so far is my career advancement throughout the years here at PMA.
What is something new or innovative happening in your industry that makes you excited about the future?
Currently, this unfortunate pandemic that we are in has been keeping everyone and especially me very busy. The good that has come out of this though is the closeness of PMAers. In my opinion, we have come together to support each other more than ever, which says a lot about us as individuals and as a company. I am proud to be the Director of the Human Resources Department where I interact with PMAers on many different levels daily, and I am excited to be a part of the PMA family.
What was a transformative project or challenge that you did at PMA?
The Career Development Program (Performance Pro) was a challenge, but also a benefit to employees and the company in many ways. We took feedback from the program into consideration, and the Career Development Committee is planning on gearing the program back up again soon. Stay tuned!
Who/what inspires you to push yourself? (Personal heroes, family members, ideas)
I am who I am today because of my great-grandmother, Maggie “BigMa” Irick. She had a huge hand in helping my mother raise me and I am so grateful for her. She lived to be 100 years young, which is a blessing. I lost her February of this year (2020), which was the hardest thing I’ve had to deal with in my entire life. I keep going and I will keep pushing myself to be the best that I can be to carry on her legacy.
What university or college did you graduate from?
I am a proud graduate of Clemson University! GO TIGERS! I bleed orange and am a huge Clemson Tiger football fan as well. During football season you can catch me cheering with my Tiger head on!
What is your favorite local establishment/feature (restaurant, museum, stadium, etc.)?
I will share two. Locally, as I am a part of the Ann Arbor office, my favorite restaurant is called the “Black Pearl.” Whenever I visit Ann Arbor, I have dinner there; it’s a must. In Atlanta, where I live, my favorite local establishment is a restaurant called “Poor Calvin’s.” Clearly, I love food!
Provide a fun fact about yourself?
I was a ballerina for 8 years and I ran cross country.
Do you have any secret talents?
I was an All-State soloist throughout high school (so I’ve been told that I can sing). Ask Dr. Gui: he got a personal “Happy Birthday” song during our party we had in Ann Arbor last year for him!