Category: Employee Spotlight

Employee Spotlight: Brian Nichols

Brian Nichols and his family posing in front of a green landscape

Brian Nichols, Senior CADD Designer & Civil War Enthusiast

1. What drew you to Hoyle Tanner?

Hoyle Tanner is a large enough firm to offer stability, yet small enough to be able to know everyone. I came from MaineDOT so I had also formed working relationships with several Hoyle Tanner employees. Being able to get straightforward information about a firm, both good and bad, from someone I trusted was probably the only way I would have had the confidence to move out of my comfort zone.

2. What’s something invaluable you’ve learned here?

Ask for help when you need it. 

3. What’s your favorite time of year to work at Hoyle Tanner & why?

Springtime is my favorite time of year period. Thanks to Hoyle Tanner’s generous telework policy,  I can enjoy springtime all the more. It’s not uncommon for me to take my lunch break outside enjoying a “picnic” lunch with my family or picking away at some yard work project.

4. What’s the coolest thing you are working on & why?

So many of the bridge projects that I work on are in areas in which I frequently travel. Being able to show my family is pretty cool. My kids refer to many of them as “Daddy’s Bridge” which likely under-represents the level of involvement of other team-members.

5. What’s the best thing that’s happened to you so far this week?

I woke up with a roof over my head and a family who loves me.

6. How many different states have you lived in?

Just Maine. In fact I live in the house I grew up in so the furthest move I’ve made has been to change bedrooms.

7. If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life what would it be?

Grilled cheese sandwiches.

8. What kind of pet do you have and how did you choose to name it?

A cat, Clarabelle. My wife named it.

9. What is a fun or interesting fact about your hometown?

In addition to a few Civil War veterans of note, Jefferson, Maine was also the home of Don Bowman, who played minor league baseball for several seasons back in the late 40s/early 50s and was also one of the five bus drivers in my grade school.

10. What are three things still left on your bucket list?

Become a Licensed Battlefield Guide at Gettysburg. Visit every Presidential gravesite (14 down, 25 to go). Build my dream HO scale model train railroad layout.

11. Name three items you’d take with you to a desert island.

My Bible, a fishing pole, and a derelict antique tractor to tinker on.

12. What characteristic do you admire most in others?

Humility and honesty.

13. How old is the oldest item in your closet?

I’m sure I have some neckties from high school that probably would be put to better use staking tomato plants.

14. Words to live by? Favorite quote? Why?

“If you need a machine and don’t buy it, you pay for it without getting it.” ~ Henry Ford. We may not have literal machinery in the sense that Henry Ford was referring to. Our “machinery” looks like updated skills, newer methods, current software, etc. Investing in it is costly but not investing in it is more so.

15. What did you want to be when you were growing up?

Locomotive Engineer

16. If you were to skydive from an airplane what would you think about on the way down?

Did I remember everything on the “Things to do before landing” checklist? Please note that skydiving is NOT on my bucket list.

Employee Spotlight: Charles Ramey

Employee Spotlight: Featured image of Charles Ramey next to partner in stadium surrounded by other people

Charles Ramey – Environmental Engineer & Novelty Seeker

1. What drew you to Hoyle Tanner?

When I moved from Colorado to Vermont, I was looking for any position in the industry that would allow me to learn. Hoyle Tanner stood out because they had job listings in Burlington for a few different positions I was interested in, and I knew I would have an opportunity to develop a wide variety of skills.

2. What’s something invaluable you’ve learned here?

You don’t need to do anything alone. There are great people with a lot of knowledge and experience to share, both within Hoyle Tanner and outside the company.

3. What’s your favorite time of year to work at Hoyle Tanner & why?

I’ve only been with Hoyle Tanner for half a year, so we’ll see what the summer brings. That being said, I enjoy late winter/early spring because it’s a time when we get to complete a lot of design work as we head into construction season.

4. What’s the coolest thing you are working on, and why?

Everything I work on is cool! If I had to pick one project it would be assessing the Bolton Valley Ski Resort’s water system. Coming from Colorado, I’ve spent a lot of time on the slopes, so it’s cool to see the unique challenges of a ski resort’s landscape, weather, and seasonal occupancy.

5. What’s the best thing that’s happened to you so far this week?

I just completed hockey lessons yesterday, and now I’m able to play my favorite sport!

6. How many different states have you lived in?

Two. I lived in Colorado for the first 25 years of my life and just moved to Vermont in August.

7. If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life what would it be?

My grandmother’s pasta. We all love family cooking and nothing beats my Italian grandmother’s homemade pasta sauce.

8. What kind of pet do you have and how did you choose to name it?

I have a three-year-old American pit bull terrier super mutt who I rescued in October. We kept the name Piper, which was given to her by her previous owner.

9. What is a fun or interesting fact about your hometown?

My hometown has a coal mining history that is older than the state of Colorado itself, and many of the mines still exist underneath the town!

10. What are three things still left on your bucket list?

  • See the Aurora Borealis (and visit Antarctica, two in one!)
  • Visit the 7 Wonders of the World
  • Go on an African safari

11. Name three items you’d take with you to a desert island.

  • My guitar
  • A ball (any ball, just something to play with)
  • My favorite book series (Red Rising by Pierce Brown)

12. What characteristic do you admire most in others?

Patience

13. How old is the oldest item in your closet?

I have a vibrant ski jacket from the 80s that I bought at a thrift store.

14. Words to live by? Favorite quote? Why?

There’s no such thing as failure until you give up on yourself. Every “failure” is an opportunity to learn and grow. Even if we decide to stop trying something, it’s important to have self-confidence and self-respect.

15. What did you want to be when you were growing up?

When I was really young I wanted to be a professional athlete, and through my teenage years I wanted to be an architect. Being an engineer in a civil field isn’t too far off!

16. If you were to skydive from an airplane what would you think about on the way down?

I have skydived from an airplane and I can say that all I could think was how exhilarating it was and how happy I was to be falling from the sky…I only wished it could last longer!

Employee Spotlight: Emily Belisle

Photo of Emily Belisle for Employee Spotlight with her featured in the desert

Emily Belisle – Civil Engineer & Aspiring World Traveler

1. What drew you to Hoyle Tanner?

I knew a few employees here at Hoyle Tanner from my graduating UNH class and had heard good things. When I was searching for a new job, the Portsmouth office had a job posting out for my level in the area, so it was a no brainer to apply. After my interview, I knew that I’d enjoy working with the people in Portsmouth.

2. What’s something invaluable you’ve learned here?

That the people you work with is one of the, if not the, most important component contributing to how much you enjoy your work.

3. What’s your favorite time of year to work at Hoyle Tanner?

My favorite time of year to work at Hoyle Tanner is the summer. That is when the construction projects are in full swing, and I can get a little bit of time out in the field.

4. What’s the coolest thing you are working on?

Currently the coolest thing I am working on right now is a COVID-19 memorial garden. The project involves a walkway and garden through the woods that leads to the Solstice Stone. The Solstice Stone is a giant stone cut in half and positioned just so the sun beam at solar noon on the solstices will shine right down the center.

5. What’s the best thing that’s happened to you so far this week?

The best thing that happened to me this week is my discovery of portable extra monitors. They plug right into your laptops UBS port and are the size of a notebook. Now I can work from anywhere once I buy one!

6. How many different states have you lived in?

I have only lived in one state, New Hampshire.

7. If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

I would eat Tuscan chicken pasta. Chicken, spinach, sundried tomatoes all in a parmesan cream sauce over whatever pasta you like, it’s delicious.

8. What kind of pet do you have and how did you choose to name it?

I don’t have a pet, but I do have a plant my sister bought me. I have managed to keep it alive for seven months so far, it is a spathiphyllum.

9. What is a fun or interesting fact about your hometown?

Dunbarton, NH was home to John Stark – “The hero of Bennington” for his service as the Battle of Bennington in 1777 during the revolutionary war. There’s a statue of him next to the town library that is dressed up for all of the holidays every year.

10. What are three things still left on your bucket list?

  • Visit at least one of the 7 Wonders of the World.
  • Live abroad for a while. Nowhere specific, just not the US.
  • Really learn to speak another language, not just the greetings.

11. Name three items you’d take with you to a desert island:

  • My kindle
  • Sunscreen
  • Wifi hot spot (so I can download more books)

12. What characteristic do you admire most in others?

Reliability

13. How old is the oldest item in your closet?

I still have my Uggs from high school, so those are probably the oldest thing I have around. They even came back in style this year after nine years.

14. Words to live by? Favorite quote? Why?

“Nothing matters very much, and few things matter at all.” – Arthur Balfour

I like this quote because it reminds me not to take life too seriously.

15. What did you want to be when you were growing up?

I wanted to be a lawyer up until I was a sophomore in high school, but I figured out how much school that took. Then I decided on Environmental Engineer, although I didn’t really know what that was until I was already in the major in college. I picked environmental engineering because I was an environmentalist and I liked physics – turns out neither of those things are involved much.

16. If you were to skydive from an airplane, what would you think about on the way down?

Probably trying to remember to breathe.

Employee Spotlight: Luke Cisneros

Luke Cisneros – Transportation Engineer & Golden State Native

1. What drew you to Hoyle Tanner?

As much as I enjoyed being a Field Engineer and getting to be near the action of construction, I wanted to be a part of what went on behind the scenes. I heard very good things about Hoyle Tanner and, after interviewing with them, I was really excited about the amount of opportunity they had to work in different areas of engineering.

2. What’s something invaluable you’ve learned here?

I have learned that Hoyle Tanner really fosters unity amongst the company. Despite the pandemic, there has been a conscious effort to keep everyone connected as safely as possible.

3. What’s your favorite time of year to work at Hoyle Tanner?

I haven’t been here a full year yet; however, I imagine Christmas time would be the best time of year at Hoyle Tanner. The much anticipated Christmas party was cancelled this year; however, I could see how much people were looking forward to come together to celebrate the year with each other.

4. What’s the coolest thing you are working on?

A roadway project in Maine has been a great opportunity for me to work on nearly every part of the design. The amount of exposure to the different elements of this project has been an amazing learning experience for me.

5. What’s the best thing that’s happened to you so far this week?

I tried the Dunkaccino and it was pretty tight.

6. How many different states have you lived in?

Three: California, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire.

7. If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life what would it be?

It’s cliché, but I could eat pizza for any meal because you could make it fit any meal…and it would be delicious.

8. What kind of pet do you have and how did you choose to name it?

We have two cats (Kiki and Suki) and a dog (Rosie). My wife named Kiki before we met and together we named Rosie, because we thought it was cute, and Suki, because we were binge watching the series Avatar: The Last Airbender.

9. What is a fun or interesting fact about your hometown?

Anaheim, CA is where Disneyland originated.

10. What are three things still left on your bucket list?

a. Go to the top of the Eiffel Tower
b. Take a trip to Greece
c. Lift my wife up like Baby from Dirty Dancing

11. Name three items you’d take with you to a desert island

  1. Beach Chair
  2. Umbrella
  3. A Cold One

12. What characteristic do you admire most in others?

Integrity

13. How old is the oldest item in your closet?

My 20-year-old Nintendo Game Boy with Pokemon Yellow Version still in it.

14. Words to live by? Favorite quote? Why?

“When in doubt, pinky out.” It’s a good rule of thumb when you’re trying to look fancy.

15. What did you want to be when you were growing up?

I really wanted to be a doctor or an astronaut.

16. If you were to skydive from an airplane what would you think about on the way down?

I wonder if anyone has returned a parachute for not opening.

Employee Spotlight: Robby Moon

Employee Spotlight featured image of Robby Moon, Airport Engineer, and his brother

Robby Moon – Airport Engineer & Great Brother

1. What drew you to Hoyle Tanner?

My former supervisor had worked in aviation and hearing about what he did, drew me into the aviation field. One of my peers had recommended Hoyle Tanner because they had an aviation group.

2. What’s something invaluable you’ve learned here? (Please elaborate your answer)

I’ve learned a lot about engineering, so I can’t choose just one thing. But, for the lunch hour, I’ve learned that at the Gyro Spot on Elm Street, ordering the chicken burrito with sauce on the side because sauce in the burrito makes the tortilla soggy.

3. What’s your favorite time of year to work at Hoyle Tanner & why?

Summer is my favorite time of the year to work at Hoyle Tanner because that is when projects are under construction. I travel a lot and get to see a lot of really cool places during the construction season.

4. What’s the coolest thing you are working on, and why?

The coolest thing I am working on is finding the required soil filter area for Pittsfield Municipal Airport in Maine. Dealing with soil filters and drainage is something new for me.

5. What’s the best thing that’s happened to you so far this week?

I went to Disney World and met my brother and his family!

6. How many different states have you lived in?

Three states: New York, Maine and New Hampshire

7. If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life what would it be?

The spicy chicken sandwich from Chick-fil-A

8. What kind of pet do you have and how did you choose to name it?

I currently do not have any pets, but I used to have a dog named Wolfie. I named him Wolfie because he looked like a wolf.

9. What is a fun or interesting fact about your hometown?

The Treaty of Portsmouth that ended the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-1905 was signed in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

10. What are three things still left on your bucket list?

  1. See the Eiffel Tower
  2. Go to a Brad Paisley concert
  3. Own a house

11. Name three items you’d take with you to a desert island

  1. Fishing pole
  2. Lighter
  3. Knife

12. What characteristic do you admire most in others?

Integrity

13. How old is the oldest item in your closet?

My dad’s AC/DC vinyl records that are about 35-years-old.

14. Words to live by? Favorite quote? Why?

“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” – Wayne Gretzky. I find this quote inspiring because it shows that you can’t succeed unless you try.

15. What did you want to be when you were growing up?

I wanted to be a NBA player.

16. If you were to skydive from an airplane what would you think about on the way down?

I would probably be in too much shock to have any thoughts.

Employee Spotlight: Anne Verville

Anne Verville – Administrative Assistant & Animal Rescuer

1.  What drew you to Hoyle Tanner?
I was drawn to the reputation, location, and professional, friendly, helpful team culture.
2. What’s something invaluable you’ve learned here?
I have learned that people mean what they say. For example, when they say they are glad to offer assistance, they mean it – they happily answer questions and show me how to do something. They never tire of answering questions.
3. What’s your favorite time of year to work at Hoyle Tanner?
The Autumn, since we have wonderful views of colorful trees and the Merrimack from our fifth-story windows.
4. What’s the coolest thing you are working on?
This, because it’s about me!
5. What’s the best thing that’s happened to you so far this week?
I was able to complete a project ahead of my projected time.
6. How many different states have you lived in?
Two: New Hampshire and Massachusetts.
7. If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life what would it be?
My mother’s Italian meat pie.
8. What kind of pet do you have and how did you choose to name it?
I have one dog, one cat, and 13 chickens – if they qualify? Our rescue dog had been named Lacy by her foster parents. Our son named our cat Athena after another kitten he had seen at the shelter but had just been adopted.
9. What is a fun or interesting fact about your hometown?
It is the home to the crazy “Grass Drags” race, which occurs annually on farmland. It is also home to the “Mast Tree Riot”, in which Colonial Americans protested the British hewing down their best trees for use as ship masts.
10. What are three things still left on your bucket list
1. Travel to Europe, Asia – anywhere across the ocean, actually.
2. Buy an electric car that truly leaves a small carbon footprint.
3. Have a grandchild or two. That last one depends upon my son, though.

11. Name three items you’d take with you to a desert island
I’m guessing people and pets aren’t included, and that food and water are not an issue. In that case, I’d bring:
1. Books
2. A radio
3. Photos

12. What characteristic do you admire most in others?
Open-mindedness
13. How old is the oldest item in your closet?
An 80-year-old photo of my great grandmother.
14. Words to live by? Favorite Quote?
“Don’t judge a book by its cover.”
15. What did you want to be when you were growing up?
A veterinarian.
16. If you were to skydive from an airplane what would you think about on the way down?
I would be too scared to think of anything except, “I’m going to die!” (I’m scared when I ride a roller-coaster!)

Employee Spotlight: Schuyler Lamoureux

Schuyler Lamoureux – Airport Planner & Aspiring World Traveler

1.  What drew you to Hoyle Tanner?
The two biggest things that drew me to Hoyle Tanner were the company culture and the location. There is a strong family aspect in the company, and you will find yourself getting along with everyone, including people outside of your department. Also, the location was a bonus because I love New England and wanted to work in the region where I grew up.
2. What’s something invaluable you’ve learned here?
Communication is always important. Whether it’s with a client or a coworker, a project becomes significantly easier the more you communicate.
3. What’s your favorite time of year to work at Hoyle Tanner?
I would have to say Autumn since the weather is nice and the commute to work is beautiful.
4. What’s the coolest thing you are working on?
I was able to fly a drone mission at an airport, and we are working on creating a 3D model of the airport’s approaches with the pictures we gathered from the drone. I am constantly amazed at the capabilities of this technology.
5. What’s the best thing that’s happened to you so far this week?
I made an apple pie with my fiancée, and it was delicious.
6. How many different states have you lived in?
3 – I grew up in Connecticut, attended college in Florida, and currently live in Vermont.
7. If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life what would it be?
I love seafood so I could probably mix it up with either fish or shrimp.
8. What kind of pet do you have and how did you choose to name it?
I don’t currently have a pet, but I am getting a labradoodle in March. We don’t have any names picked out yet.
9. What is a fun or interesting fact about your hometown?
My hometown, Stafford Springs, was famous for its mineral springs and was even visited by John Adams before he was president.
10. What are three things still left on your bucket list
1. Visit every continent (even Antarctica if I have the chance)
2. Become fluent in a language
3. Drive a Formula 1 racecar at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps 

11. Name three items you’d take with you to a desert island
1. Plenty of Books
2. Fishing Pole
3. A Wilson Volleyball

12. What characteristic do you admire most in others?
Honesty & kindness
13. How old is the oldest item in your closet?
About 2,000 years old. I have a coin from Ancient Rome stored away somewhere.
14. Words to live by? Favorite Quote?
I have two quotes from some of my favorite movies:
“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” – Ferris Bueller
“Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you are going to get.” – Forest Gump
15. What did you want to be when you were growing up?
I wanted to either play on the New York Yankees or be a marine biologist.
16. If you were to skydive from an airplane what would you think about on the way down?
“I hope the parachute works!”

Employee Spotlight: John Coon

John Coon – Senior CADD Designer & Avid Golfer

1.  What drew you to Hoyle Tanner?
The opportunity to work on airports.
2. What’s something invaluable you’ve learned here?
Teamwork! Everybody has a role to play.
3. What’s your favorite time of year to work at Hoyle Tanner?
Summer. Projects get out the door and golf season starts.
4. What’s the coolest thing you are working on?
Airspace projects. Working on 3D drone models is something special. It’s like the Jetsons.
5. What’s the best thing that’s happened to you so far this week?
It was 75+ degrees this week.
6. How many different states have you lived in?
Four: NH, MA, FL, and CA.
7. If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life what would it be?
Grilled steak
8. What kind of pet do you have and how did you choose to name it?
We have a cat named Oliver. It has an attitude, that’s why he’s named Oliver. Its Deb’s (my wife’s) cat, I just happen to live in the same house. Our daughter moved out 6 years after college, so now it’s the cat that rules the house.
9. What is a fun or interesting fact about your hometown?
Home of the first American astronaut, Alan Shepard and American poet, Robert Frost.
10. What are three things still left on your bucket list
1. Play the Sawgrass Players Club
2. Shoot sub par (71) I’ve come close twice shooting 72’s!
3. Play in a pro-am with Jordan Spieth

11. Name three items you’d take with you to a desert island
1. Wife
2. TV
3. Golf Club (with floating balls)

12. What characteristic do you admire most in others?
Honesty That’s the only one that matters to me.
13. How old is the oldest item in your closet?
45-year-old soccer cleats, but they might come up missing like most of my old stuff. Last year, I went to play golf, came back home, and my wife had a dump truck and four workers that were emptying the entire cellar. The cellar was empty. I got to keep a hammer, drill, and a few pliers, that was it.
14. Words to live by? Favorite Quote?
“Yes dear, whatever you think is best.” [to my wife]
15. What did you want to be when you were growing up?
Pro soccer player. I made it to semi-pro league playing in the eastern division.
16. If you were to skydive from an airplane what would you think about on the way down?
I’d never jump out of a plane. Never.

Employee Spotlight: Michelle Carrozzella

Michelle Carrozzella – Director of Accounting/Finance & Chocolate Fanatic

1.  What drew you to Hoyle Tanner?
The people, hands down
2. What’s something invaluable you’ve learned here?
How to come together as a team and navigate through uncertain times, doing what is best for the company and the employees.
3. What’s your favorite time of year to work at Hoyle Tanner?
My favorite time of the year is Christmas. I love the tradition of the office decorating day that brings us into our annual Christmas party.
4. What’s the coolest thing you are working on?
I have taken on the lead role this week to get an Employee Recognition Program up and running. I am very excited about this for our staff. It is such a positive program to have for them.
5. What’s the best thing that’s happened to you so far this week?
Spending a night out with 7 other women I lived with in college, a few that I haven’t seen in over 20 years.
6. How many different states have you lived in?
3 states, Massachusetts, Nevada and New Hampshire
7. If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life what would it be?
Not really a meal but I absolutely could live on cheese and crackers.
8. What kind of pet do you have and how did you choose to name it?
I have a Boston Terrier name Harley. Because she was a small dog we wanted her to be named after a badass and we settled on Harley Quinn.
9. What is a fun or interesting fact about your hometown?
The Methuen Music hall was built to house the largest pipe organ in the US, called The Great Organ. It was built for the Boston Music Hall.
10. What are three things still left on your bucket list
1. Go to Italy
2. Take an entire summer vacation
3. Pay off my house

11. Name three items you’d take with you to a desert island
1. Wine
2. Chocolate
3. A book

12. What characteristic do you admire most in others?
Integrity
13. How old is the oldest item in your closet?
18-years-old, my wedding dress
14. Words to live by? Favorite Quote?
Treat others the way you want to be treated. If everyone lived by this, the world would be much more pleasant.
15. What did you want to be when you were growing up?
A pediatrician.
16. If you were to skydive from an airplane what would you think about on the way down?
I don’t think you can print what would come to my mind.

Employee Spotlight: Todd Clark

Todd Clark Senior Vice President & Epicure

1.  What drew you to Hoyle Tanner?
Peer recommendations and size of the firm. The people I knew who worked at Hoyle Tanner enjoyed the project work and how the company size afforded professional growth.
2. What’s something invaluable you’ve learned here?
How a team can achieve success beyond expectations when faced with the challenge and possess the determination to do so.
3. What’s your favorite time of year to work at Hoyle Tanner?
Definitely over the holidays. We are like a second family in ways.
4. What’s the coolest thing you are working on?
A historic roadway.  There is so much past activity associated with this piece of infrastructure that has shaped the uses of the area and established resident needs well beyond traveling on the pavement.
5. What’s the best thing that’s happened to you so far this week?
A long conversation with my mom.
6. How many different states have you lived in?
Two. Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
7. If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life what would it be?
A traditional Italian Christmas dinner which consists of fresh bread, antipasto, seafood, meatballs, chicken parmesan, cannoli’s, and tiramisu, to name a few.
8. What kind of pet do you have and how did you choose to name it?
We are a dog family and each pup has multiple names depending on their behavior at any particular instance. (Macie/Knuckles/Relay) and (Tatum/John/Chunks). They respond to each.
9. What is a fun or interesting fact about your hometown?
I grew up in the “Immigrant City” and I like the diversity of all the available, good food.
10. What are three things still left on your bucket list
1. Visit Paris, France
2. Spend an overnight on my (future) boat on the ocean
3. Find the best mountain bike trail

11. Name three items you’d take with you to a desert island
1. Swiss Army knife
2. A bucket hat
3. My fishing tackle

12. What characteristic do you admire most in others?
Self-made success.
13. How old is the oldest item in your closet?
26 years oldI have a pair of wool pants I wore to my rehearsal dinner.
14. Words to live by? Favorite Quote?
Nothing bad ever came from a good day’s work. On tough days, a good day’s work is an accomplishment no one can question.
15. What did you want to be when you were growing up?
An inventor.
16. If you were to skydive from an airplane what would you think about on the way down?
“I did it. Now calm down and stick the landing!”

Employee Spotlight: Christina Slosek

Christina Slosek Marketing Coordinator and Sunscreen Queen

1.  What drew you to Hoyle, Tanner?
 I saw the president’s message and thought the video demonstrated a great company culture and work environment that I wanted to be a part of. I graduated with my marketing degree and two weeks later I started my career in my field of interest.
2. What’s something invaluable you’ve learned here?
Communication – I’ve learned how important clear and concise communication is. There are so many different communication styles and it is important to learn them.
3. What’s your favorite time of year to work at Hoyle, Tanner?
Autumn – Project sites are beautiful to photograph with the beautiful foliage. When I get the chance, I like to be out in the field in the fall.
4. What’s the coolest thing you are working on?
We’ve recently incorporated a new photo editing software program, and it’s been fascinating learning the latest technology.
5. What’s the best thing that’s happened to you so far this week?
I spent the weekend at the beach with my family for my brother’s and my birthday!!
6. How many different states have you lived in?
Just two, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
7. If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life what would it be?
I eat eggs almost every morning for breakfast, so my head says “eggs” but my heart says “pizza.”
8. What kind of pet do you have and how did you choose to name it?
I have two pets, a black cat named Callie after a character from a Pete the Cat book. I think the character was a Calico cat, though. I have a golden retriever Molly, and my husband and I just liked the name. At the time we thought it was original, now – not so much.
9. What is a fun or interesting fact about your hometown?
I grew up in a small town in Massachusetts but I consider where I live now my hometown. It’s also home to Alex Preston, the third-place winner of the 13th season of American Idol!
10. What are three things still left on your bucket list
1. Become Fluent in Spanish
2. Visit Machu Picchu
3. See the Northern Lights

11. Name three items you’d take with you to a desert island
1. Sunscreen
2. Sunscreen
3. Sunscreen

12. What characteristic do you admire most in others?
Grit – The people who tough face adversity and fight through it are so admirable. Haven’t you ever seen those videos of people whose doctors told them they would never walk again and watch their journey of how they fought every day and succeeded? I mean…tears!  
13. How old is the oldest item in your closet?
I have a sewing kit (which I don’t use) that my husband’s grandmother gave me, and I think its around 40 years old. I also have a sweatshirt (that I still wear) from college, about 17 years old.
14. Words to live by? Favorite Quote?
There are so many its hard to choose! Recently I heard, “Good players inspire themselves, great players inspire others.” (- John Wooden) I thought it inspiring, especially because it’s true on and off the court.
15. What did you want to be when you were growing up?
If you asked 7-year-old me, she would have said an architect. I used to draw plans on graph paper and color-coded the rooms: red for the kitchen and blue for the bedrooms. When I got a little older I also wanted to be a sports photographer.
16. If you were to skydive from an airplane what would you think about on the way down?
I’d probably panic until my parachute opened, and then I would probably think about where I would land.

Employee Spotlight: Kayla Hampe

Kayla Hampe Structural Engineer and Aspiring World Traveler

1.  What drew you to Hoyle, Tanner?
It was an opportunity to pursue my interest in bridge design with a diverse group of people that would allow me to be in an engaging and intellectually challenging career. It also helped that we had two offices in my home state and would cut my commute by more than half.
2. What’s something invaluable you’ve learned here?
Give four engineers a problem and they’ll probably give you four different viable solutions. Put four engineers together in a room with that problem, and they’ll collaborate to pull together the best pieces of each of their solutions, to create a better, more efficient, and simpler solution.
3. What’s your favorite time of year to work at Hoyle, Tanner?
The fall when I get to get out of the office for site observation on construction sites, so that I get to do what I love and enjoy the New England weather and take in the beautiful colors of autumn.
4. What’s the coolest thing you are working on?
The coolest thing I’m working on is a project in Peterborough, NH. It is one of the largest bridge reconstruction projects I’ve had the opportunity to work on and it has had numerous unique challenges both during design and during construction. It’s a beautiful reinforced concrete arch bridge with masonry stone facing that’s part of the downtown historic district. The project also involves roadway reconstruction, retaining wall replacement (with three different types of retaining walls!), and a partial dam reconstruction.
5. What’s the best thing that’s happened to you so far this week?
I won bingo during a fitness challenge at work!
6. How many different states have you lived in?
Two: New Hampshire (born and raised) and Pennsylvania during grad school.
7. If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life what would it be?
Penne and marinara sauce with mushrooms and onions, followed by moose tracks ice cream with whipped cream.
8. What kind of pet do you have and how did you choose to name it?
I have two cats and a dog. My oldest cat is Sebastian. I adopted him from the NHSPCA when he was about one, with the name Simba. I wanted to choose his name, but wanted it to be similar to Simba so he wouldn’t be confused. I decided to go with Sebastian to keep the “S” sound and keep it with the Disney theme. My other cat is named Reu (sounds like “Roo”) and I did not choose her name. I adopted her from my friend who moved to Australia for grad school and her name is supposed to mean “friend.” My dog’s name is Grady, which he was named as a puppy by someone else and we decided to keep it.
9. What is a fun or interesting fact about your hometown?
We have a historical marker for Wentworth Cheswell (a Revolutionary War veteran) who lived here. He rode in the opposite direction as Paul Revere to warn colonists the redcoats were coming; he was buried here in 1817.
10. What are three things still left on your bucket list
1. I’ve been to Canada, Australia, Mexico, Honduras, and the Dominican Republic, but I would like to see the Seven Wonders of the World
2. Learn Turkish
3. Go to a masquerade

11. Name three items you’d take with you to a desert island
1. A knife
2. My favorite book
3. A photo of my family

12. What characteristic do you admire most in others?
Integrity – it’s doing the right thing even when no one’s watching.
13. How old is the oldest item in your closet?
20 years old maybe?
14. Words to live by? Favorite Quote?
There are so many good ones out there, and I managed to narrow it down to four…
“Now these three remain: faith, hope and love; but the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13
“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” Martin Luther King Jr.
“Who you are tomorrow begins with what you do today.” Tim Fargo
“You don’t need anyone else’s permission to be happy. Your life is magnificent not because someone says it is, but because you choose to see it as such.” Ralph Marston
Often, we don’t know where a path will lead us, but we need to have faith and courage to take the first step to move forward and keep advancing. Each day our choices either move us towards the best version of ourselves or away from it, and forms who we become during our life journey. We can choose to be positive and see the brighter side, and not let others bring us down. Choose happy, be kind, and love one another. And don’t forget to laugh.
15. What did you want to be when you were growing up?
A meter maid and a professional bass fisherwoman.
16. If you were to skydive from an airplane what would you think about on the way down?
Why did I jump out of a plane?



Artistic Expression & Engineering Solution: One artist’s hobby and how she relates it to her career

Kathryn Dziadowicz is a structural engineer out of our Portsmouth office by day and artist in her free time, selling her handmade pieces in local stores and markets. Creativity and design are big parts of both artistic expression and engineering solutions, so Kathryn has answered some questions for us as we explore the connection between art and engineering.

  1. How did you go about starting your art business?

Going into senior year of high school, I was faced with the choice to either take advanced placement studio art or principles of engineering for my final elective since both courses took place during the same period. Since I wanted to go into the engineering field, I took the engineering course and loved it. Fast forward to the summer going into my senior year of college, and I hadn’t picked up a paintbrush in four years.

One day after looking around on the internet, I saw an acrylic pouring video on the internet and I was hooked. I went to grab supplies that night and turned my college bedroom into a makeshift studio. After a few months working on pours, I discovered resin. When cured, the two-part mixture creates a glass-like finish. It was unlike anything I was ever exposed to before.

Between the acrylic pours, resin pieces, and sketches, there wasn’t a bare spot on my walls. My roommate at the time gave me a nudge and tagged me in a post for a student-only craft fair at UNH; the next thing I knew, I was selling at my first craft fair. What started as a hobby has now allowed me to travel across New England to participate in multiple markets and have my work featured in several stores and hundreds of peoples’ homes. It’s so surreal to think about how it all began.

  • What is the process for your art?

I begin by taping off the surface where I don’t want resin to adhere to. Each piece is then base coated with acrylic paint to resemble the colors of the ocean, which is the source of inspiration for my work. Then all of the pieces are individually leveled on my worktable (not the easiest task when you live in a home built in the 1800s.) Then I apply the resin, I add white pigment to a portion of the piece to blow out with a heat gun to resemble waves. This process is repeated several times over the next several days until the piece has the desired amount of depth and has a finish free of microparticles. After fully curing for 72 hours, each piece is de-taped, sanded, stamped and hung.

When a new project comes along, the big picture is usually the first thing that is looked at. Before diving into a project, it is key to properly understand the clients’ goals and what the project objective is. Site constraints, schedule and budget are important factors to understand the nuances of each project.

For most of the projects I have been involved in, I am the project representative for construction oversite. Before going onto site, I try to memorize as much of the plans as I can, review the quantities, and develop a plan for site visits. Once on site, I serve as the eyes and ears for the client to ensure the project is built as intended.

In my opinion one of the most important parts of oversite is coordination with the design team which allows me to understand why certain design elements were chosen and the thought process behind the design. Communication with other team members is one of my favorite aspects of the entire engineering process; everyone always has something to bring to the table and it goes to show how much more there is to learn.

  • Describe a project that you’ve done with Hoyle, Tanner where your artistic and technical knowledge overlapped?

Last summer while on a bridge rehabilitation project, we had called out elastomeric concrete along an expansion joint replacement. The contractor had never used the material before, but after reading the product data sheet, I realized that a key component of the material being used was epoxy resin. It was a really a full circle experience for me, my knowledge from working with resin for art applied directly to the elastomeric concrete application. I was able to relay my knowledge about surface preparation, the components of the mixture, and the exothermic reaction that occurs to the contractor.

  • Is there a reason you are drawn to resin?

Engineering is extremely left-brained; it’s technical, strategic and practical. For the most part artwork is right-brained, it is imaginative, subjective and whimsical. I think part of the reason I am drawn to resin is because it allows me to use science in art. Epoxy has numerous technical factors such as mix ratios, temperature requirements, and air percentage. These factors allow the two-part solution to create a chemical reaction turning viscous materials into a solid compound. When working with resin, one of the most critical aspects is timing; after the mix of the two parts are complete, there is a window of approximately 45 minutes before the resin begins to solidify. The style of the piece, amount of air bubbles present, and viscosity of the resin varies every five minutes during that working time. The whole reaction is fascinating to me: There are so many elements you need to be precise with, but at the same time, certain aspects such as the white waves added into ocean pieces are left up to chance based on how the resin flows. For me, it’s a perfect balance of the right and left sides of my brain.

Engineering and art both offer precision and creativity, though they manifest in different end aesthetics and purposes. With her passion for art and her appreciation of science, we see the overlap of these two practices through Kathryn. Find one of her online shops here – https://www.etsy.com/shop/KDziadowiczArt

Employee Spotlight: Elizabeth “Betsy” Bosiak

Betsy Bosiak Land Acquisition Specialist & Traveler


1.  What drew you to Hoyle, Tanner?
I had always enjoyed working with the personnel at Hoyle Tanner. I had worked with them when I worked at the New Hampshire Department of Transportation and when I was Chairman of the Epsom Planning Board, we used them as our engineering firm. When I was offered the position of Land Acquisition Specialist, I was pleased to become part of the team.
2. What’s something invaluable you’ve learned here?
How to put together estimates for Right-of-Way time and expenses. 
3. What’s your favorite time of year to work at Hoyle, Tanner?
Summer – it is much easier to look at properties to see what is there. You can’t locate items under the snow, plants, etc.
4. What’s the coolest thing you are working on?
I just finished an easement acquisition between a client and a utility company for a bridge project, and it was interesting because each of the parties involved had items they wanted to include, which doesn’t typically happen.
5. What’s the best thing that’s happened to you so far this week?
The warm weather and being able to get outside and work in my yard.
6. How many different states have you lived in?
Four States – Connecticut, New Hampshire, Ohio and Maryland
7. If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life what would it be?
Chicken Parmigiana
8. What kind of pet do you have and how did you choose to name it?
We used to have feral cats we took care of, which lived in a shed outside which we called “the cats.”
9. What is a fun or interesting fact about your hometown?
Watching it change from a small town where most of the population was related to a growing suburb of Concord.
10. What are three things still left on your bucket list
1. Visit countries in Europe
2. Visit remaining states I haven’t been to

11. Name three items you’d take with you to a desert island
The only things I need are:
1. The latest best seller
2. A comfortable bed
3. A tent

12. What characteristic do you admire most in others?
Knowledge & pleasantry
13. How old is the oldest item in your closet?
I have a 30-year-old sweatshirt.
14. Words to live by? Favorite Quote?
“Learn something new every day.” I like learning things, and it keeps my mind open.
15. What did you want to be when you were growing up?
A teacher and a landscape architect.
16. If you were to skydive from an airplane what would you think about on the way down?
“How did I allow myself get talked into this?” I don’t like heights or looking down from them.

Employee Spotlight: Catie Hall

Catie Hall Senior Marketing Coordinator and Definitely Not A Veterinarian

1.  What drew you to Hoyle, Tanner?
I actually always wanted to work at an engineering company. Both my parents were very technically-gifted, so I think I wanted to measure up in some way since I got a degree in journalism. At a time when I was looking for a job, this position popped up on my radar and I was eager to join!
2. What’s something invaluable you’ve learned here?
I’ve learned that peace and challenge can co-exist. Hoyle, Tanner has a great culture and can feel like home – but it also encourages you to grow along with it. I’ve been up against very difficult deadlines but have still appreciated all the growth I’ve been able to experience here!
3. What’s your favorite time of year to work at Hoyle, Tanner?
It used to be Christmas time because of the cheery energy and competition for Christmas decorations. But now I don’t think I have a favorite Hoyle, Tanner season – I like them all so long as the people around me are striving to be the best versions of themselves and adding to our culture.
4. What’s the coolest thing you are working on?
I’m lucky right now to be working on the rebranding effort with the rest of my marketing team. It’s so interesting to witness the growth and change that’s taking place before us. I’ve seen people adopt new logos – but I’ve never seen the process of creating one. So neat!
5. What’s the best thing that’s happened to you so far this week?
It’s warm enough to keep the window open and not shiver, and that’s a nice change.
6. How many different states have you lived in?
Just Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire. But fun fact, I’ve lived in Vermont three different times after moving out of state!
7. If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life what would it be?
Nothing else matters except pizza and chocolate. I would eat pizza of all varieties followed by a dessert of some chocolate thing and I would be okay with that if it was my forever.
8. What kind of pet do you have and how did you choose to name it?
I don’t have a pet right now, but do I look at adoptable dogs online all the time? You bet. Do I want to get a pug puppy and name it Claudia? Sure do.
9. What are three things still left on your bucket list
1. Write a Book
2. Get a Dog
3. Visit Alaska. Specifically Juneau (where the book “A Wolf Called Romeo” was written)

10. What characteristic do you admire most in others?
I don’t know that there’s just one, and I don’t know that it would apply to everyone the same way. Honesty from one person might sound cruel whereas from another person, might be the best thing. I will say I really appreciate kindness and clarity from people, but there must be genuineness underlying it. I also appreciate curiosity.
11. How old is the oldest item in your closet?
My parents and grandparents have given me so many old items over the years. I have furniture from my great grandmother that’s probably 80 years old? I have a tiny hat my parents gave me to wear when I was a baby, too.
12. Words to live by? Favorite Quote?
“Do less, be more.”
I love this quote. It’s a call to slow down and realize that just because you “do a bunch of things” doesn’t mean you “are a bunch of things.” I think we get swept up in tying our identity to our to-do lists and our activities and not enough in just appreciating the core of who we are without the distractions.

13. What did you want to be when you were growing up?
A veterinarian! I held that dream close to my heart until I had to dissect a cat every day for a month in high school biology. That dream died with that cat.
14. If you were to skydive from an airplane what would you think about on the way down?
Honestly, probably just “nope” till I was back on the ground.

Employee Spotlight: Chris Singer

Chris Singer Airport Engineer and Horticulture Enthusiast

1.  What drew you to Hoyle, Tanner?
The network of offices throughout New England and the luck that there was a branch right next to my school, the University of Central Florida.
2. What’s something invaluable you’ve learned here?
My CAD skills have drastically improved over those that I developed in college.
3. What’s your favorite time of year to work at Hoyle, Tanner?
The summer because the majority of the projects start construction.
4. What’s the coolest thing you are working on?
I just started as an engineer in January so I have not designed much yet, but I am excited to work out in the field this spring and summer.
5. What’s the best thing that’s happened to you so far this week?
One of the pineapples that I’m growing has started to sprout, so only another couple of months to wait.
6. How many different states have you lived in?
Just two, Florida and New Hampshire.
7. If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life what would it be?
I would choose apple cinnamon waffles (with real maple syrup), home fries, and both brisket and pork breakfast tacos.
8. What kind of pet do you have and how did you choose to name it?
I have two dogs; a 6-year-old pitbull mix named Burton after the snowboard company.  I just got a standard poodle puppy named Oliver, and that name just sounded good with Burton.
9. What is a fun or interesting fact about your hometown?
Concord has a smaller population than the University of Central Florida, where I just graduated from.  
10. What are three things still left on your bucket list
1. Thru-hike the Appalachian Trail
2. Go Skiing in the Alps
3. Own a farm or an orchard

11. Name three items you’d take with you to a desert island.
I’m probably overthinking this but,
1. A solar desalination unit (which does not exist)
2. A fishing net
3. A dog for company

12. What characteristic do you admire most in others?
Motivation, it is easy to settle into a routine but disrupting it is hard to convince yourself to do.
13. How old is the oldest item in your closet?
My first pair of Birkenstocks that I got 10 or 12 years ago, only the straps are still original.
14. Words to live by? Favorite Quote?
Not really a favorite quote but one that has stuck with me for many years is by Kurt Vonnegut; “We could have saved the Earth but we were too damned cheap”.
15. What did you want to be when you were growing up?
Lots of different things but most of them revolved around animals.
16. If you were to skydive from an airplane what would you think about on the way down?
I have gone skydiving from 16,000 feet and mostly thought about how I was mad that it doesn’t give you that feeling of your stomach rising in your chest like really fast rollercoasters do. I could also see the NASA Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) because I went skydiving in Titusville, FL.

Career Reflections: Celebrating International Day of Women and Girls in STEM

6 images in a blue box with various female engineers working and text says Celebrating Women in STEM Careers

Every February 11th, we celebrate International Day of Women and Girls in STEM. This day comes with the reminder that young girls are not always encouraged to pursue careers in math and science-centric fields, but we’re here to remind everyone that these careers are open to anyone who is bold enough to challenge stereotypes that could otherwise keep them away.

We asked a few of the amazing women who work at Hoyle, Tanner what they would tell their younger selves about becoming an engineer. Their advice:


Marisa DiBiaso is a Senior Civil Engineer and has been with Hoyle, Tanner for 8 years. She specializes in land development and site design work. If she could speak to her younger self, she’d advocate for reaching out to others sooner:

“I would tell my younger self to seek out more mentors for guidance on different skillsets and general career advice. There are a lot of people that enjoy mentoring, and I’ve benefitted from some really great mentors over the course of my career. I wish I had connected with more people sooner. I’d also tell myself that while working hard and doing quality work are really important, you shouldn’t need to work harder than everyone else to be respected. Finally, speak up and ask questions. Sometimes we are afraid of revealing that we don’t understand something, but often times asking a good question can show you are engaged and thinking ahead. You aren’t expected to know everything!”


Emily Belisle is an entry-level Civil Engineer who is in her first year of employment with Hoyle, Tanner (and worked with another firm previously). Her answer puts the career into perspective:

“I would tell my younger self that becoming an engineer is no harder than becoming anything else. As long as it is what you want to do, it’ll be worth it.”


Payton Borza has been working in our Florida office for 6 years as an Airport Engineer. If she could talk to her younger self, it wouldn’t have anything to do with being female or male – instead, it would have to do with following your own inner calling.

“There are so many different types of engineers and different fields you can choose! Spend time thinking about which ones interest you the most.”


Suzy Sheppard one of our talented Senior Airport Engineers and has built her career in her 25 years at Hoyle, Tanner. To her younger self, she’d encourage patience:

“Growing up I believed that all my career goals would be achieved by 30. Engineering is a dynamic field that is always changing and there’s always something new and exciting to discover. I would tell my younger self to prepare for a lifetime of learning and growing. You may reach your intended goals at 30 or you may not, but there are always new goals to be made.”


Katelyn Welch has been building her career at Hoyle, Tanner for the past 6 years as a Structural Engineer, designing bridges and working on construction sites. Her advice is not one of regrets but one of welcomed lessons.

“Don’t be afraid to fail. Engineering is a career where you learn just as much from your mistakes as your successes.”


Rychel Gibson has been an Environmental Engineer at Hoyle, Tanner for 5 years, building on her career with projects in asset management and water purity. To her younger self, she’d encourage bravery.

“Don’t be intimidated. You have the brains and the drive. You can do this.”


Monika Ingalls is a Civil Engineer who has been with Hoyle, Tanner for 2 years working in our Burlington, Vermont office. She would warn her younger self not to sweat the small stuff.

“I would tell my younger self to remember to stay focused on my goals and to not worry about inconsequential matters. I would also say to not worry so much about being the only girl in the room because the world is changing and more women are joining the workforce every year!  And lastly, I would remind myself to pay attention in structural analysis more often!”


Nicole Crawford has been an Airport Engineer at Hoyle, Tanner for 7 years where she’s not only been doing calculations, but has also been a mentor to others. Her advice comes with a gentle instruction.

“Don’t be so hard on yourself, and don’t compare yourself to anyone else. You have your own set of strengths and weaknesses, and the most important thing you will learn is how to evaluate them for yourself.  Improve where you need to but advocate for yourself using your strengths….and trust me, you have some. Don’t be afraid to let go of what doesn’t click.”


If we can learn anything from these women, it’s not to shy away from a challenge, and not to be intimidated by a career path in science, technology, engineering or mathematics!

Employee Spotlight: Owen Krauss

Owen Krauss, Structural Engineer and Family Man

1.  What drew you to Hoyle, Tanner?
The reputation of Hoyle, Tanner, their work in Maine, and the employee culture all drew me here.
2. What’s something invaluable you’ve learned here?
The importance of listening and asking for opinions. Every challenge in a project does not have just one answer, and a collaboration of different perspectives often leads to more innovative and efficient solutions.
3. What’s your favorite time of year to work at Hoyle, Tanner?
Summer/construction season. The ability to work with our contractors to problem solve on the fly is not only an interesting part of the job, but it also provides an opportunity to see and understand new issues in the field to be considered in future projects.
4. What’s the coolest thing you are working on?
I enjoy working on projects in my home state and seeing them develop from a preliminary design to a final product. One of the bridges we are working on now is one our family often travels over on our way to camp.
5. What’s the best thing that’s happened to you so far this week?
Hugs from my daughters are always the highlight of my week.
6. How many different states have you lived in?
1- Maine
7. If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life what would it be?
Steak and mashed potatoes and an appetizer of street tacos.
8. What kind of pet do you have and how did you choose to name it?
I have two dogs, Jada and Oliver. Jada was named on a road trip by going through the alphabet with names (boring). My wife named my other dog Oliver.
9. What is a fun or interesting fact about your hometown?
The Yarmouth Clam Festival, an annual town festival with lots of activities and BBQ reunions with our local friends and family. The festival includes road races, bikes races, clam shucking competitions, and a local fireman’s muster.  
10. What are three things still left on your bucket list
1. Go to space
2. Play at Augusta National Golf Club
3. Get my pilot’s license

11. Name three items you’d take with you to a desert island.
1. A knife
2. Flint
3. A good rope

12. What characteristic do you admire most in others?
Loyalty
13. How old is the oldest item in your closet?
An old tie from my father, probably from the 70s.
14. Words to live by? Favorite Quote?
“Well, I ain’t always right, but I’ve never been wrong. Seldom turns out the way it does in a song. Once in a while you get shown the light, In the strangest of places if you look at it right” – Grateful Dead
15. What did you want to be when you were growing up?
I still don’t know – probably an NFL player or CIA operative.
16. If you were to skydive from an airplane what would you think about on the way down?
I have been skydiving before in Millinocket, ME. Before pulling the parachute I just enjoyed the ride. After I gazed on the vast wilderness of Northern Maine, taking in the beauty of the trees, streams, lakes, and mountains. It made me appreciate being able to live here.

Employee Spotlight: Kevin Preston

Kevin Preston, CADD Technician and White Mountain Hiker

1.  What drew you to Hoyle, Tanner?
I wanted to work in a smaller company environment than the one I was previously in, allowing more room for professional growth.
2. What’s something invaluable you’ve learned here?
The importance of communication.  I’ve never been the greatest communicator, personally and professionally, but I do try to get better at it all the time.
3. What’s your favorite time of year to work at Hoyle, Tanner?
I can’t say any time of year really stands out specifically over another, but I do enjoy seeing what everyone comes up with for decorations during Christmas.
4. What’s the coolest thing you are working on?
I’m working on a large project for a state agency. I have a soft spot for the larger projects and being able to say I worked on it every time I drive by would be pretty neat.
5. What’s the best thing that’s happened to you so far this week?
I received approval from a mortgagee to begin a search for a new home!
6. How many different states have you lived in?
Only New Hampshire! Although I was born in Massachusetts, oddly enough.
7. If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life what would it be?
Shepherd’s pie
8. What kind of pet do you have and how did you choose to name it?
I have a 2-year-old Bernedoodle dog named Jackson. I named him after Mount Jackson in the White Mountains, one of the first 4,000-foot mountains I ever climbed.
9. What is a fun or interesting fact about your hometown?
I grew up in Bow, NH… Nothing fun or interesting comes to mind!
10. What are three things still left on your bucket list
1. Visit England, specifically take a trip to Anfield where Liverpool FC play.
2. See the Northern Lights.
3. Climb Mount Whitney in California, the tallest peak in the lower 48.

11. Name three items you’d take with you to a desert island.
1. A lighter
2. A tarp
3. Fishing equipment (practical enough)

12. What characteristic do you admire most in others?
Empathy
13. How old is the oldest item in your closet?
14 years old?  I moved into my current condo about a year and a half ago, many things disappeared in the move but there is a pair of soccer cleats from high school still kicking (no pun intended…) around in there!
14. Words to live by? Favorite Quote?
“Treat others the way you want to be treated.” It’s simple, but many problems could be alleviated by simply remembering it.
15. What did you want to be when you were growing up?
A professional soccer player.
16. If you were to skydive from an airplane what would you think about on the way down?
Which cord is the parachute?

Employee Spotlight: Rychel Gibson

Rychel Gibson, Environmental Engineer and New England Native

1.  What drew you to Hoyle, Tanner?
I liked the idea of being in a smaller, satellite office, but the people sold me on the company. Even during the interview process you could tell, the people of Hoyle, Tanner are very friendly, good at what they do, and genuinely easy to work with.
2. What’s something invaluable you’ve learned here?
Opportunity comes to those who go for it. Hoyle, Tanner has provided so many opportunities for me to explore a variety of projects, work with various project management styles, and learn what trajectory I want my own career to follow. It has been a great experience.
3. What’s your favorite time of year to work at Hoyle, Tanner?
Christmas is (of course) the most festive time to work at Hoyle, Tanner, but spring is my favorite time. The hustle of working on so many projects and trying to get them out the door for summer construction is exciting.
4. What’s the coolest thing you are working on?
We’re currently working on a Combined Sewer Overflow reduction project using asset management and rehabilitation to reduce inflow and infiltration. Significant construction is infeasible for such a small town, so it’s interesting to try to use alternative methods to resolve bigger issues.
5. What’s the best thing that’s happened to you so far this week?
It’s early in the week, so it’s just good to have a nice cup of tea this morning.
6. How many different states have you lived in?
2, Maine and New Hampshire. Forever a New Englander!
7. If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life what would it be?
Mac & cheese, absolutely.
8. What kind of pet do you have and how did you choose to name it?
2 cats and 2 dogs. Squeak is named for the only noise she makes; Cali is named for her calico coloring.  Creative, I know. Cooper and Kona we just liked the names.
9. What is a fun or interesting fact about your hometown?
I’m from such a small town that we didn’t even have a stoplight.
10. What are three things still left on your bucket list
1. Travel to Italy
2. Go on a cross-country road trip
3. Visit France.

11. Name three items you’d take with you to a desert island.
1. A kayak
2. A good book
3. A plane ticked home (when I’m ready)

12. What characteristic do you admire most in others?
Geniality
13. How old is the oldest item in your closet?
Hmm, I think I still have my prom dress somewhere in my closet, so about 14 years?
14. What did you want to be when you were growing up?
Like a lot of young kids, I wanted to be a veterinarian.
15. If you were to skydive from an airplane what would you think about on the way down?
I don’t think I’d be able to think of anything but the thrill of the ride. I’d love to go!

Employee Spotlight: Amy Chase

Amy Chase, Marketing/Proposal Coordinator and Bird Mom

1.  What drew you to Hoyle, Tanner?
The position got me interested, but the company culture made me really want to be a part of the team. Hoyle, Tanner is a great company with even better people.
2. What’s something invaluable you’ve learned here?
The entire process for municipal projects was a foreign concept to me prior to working here, so that knowledge is something invaluable I’ve learned. I’ve gained new appreciation and respect for how towns get funding, fix roads and bridges, and develop our infrastructure.
3. What’s your favorite time of year to work at Hoyle, Tanner?
Christmas time. I have learned that Christmas is much more than decorated parties and holiday festivities – it’s also a time to build something enormous and crush the competition.
4. What’s the coolest thing you are working on?
Everything in marketing is cool, but anytime I can do something creative is coolest. Right now I am working on rebranding with the rest of the marketing department, which has been a fun process.
5. What’s the best thing that’s happened to you so far this week?
We got some new furniture! A reclining couch and matching chair that the cats can’t wait to get their claws into.
6. How many different states have you lived in?
2 – Massachusetts and New Hampshire
7. If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life what would it be?
This is a tough question because I love food and have many favorites, but for the rest of my life? I’d never get sick of tacos.
8. What kind of pet do you have and how did you choose to name it?
I have two cockatiels named Leo and Lucy, but there was no rhyme or reason to their names.
9. What is a fun or interesting fact about your hometown?
Sports Illustrated magazine once named Billerica in the top 50 towns country-wide for sports and recreation.
10. What are three things still left on your bucket list
1. Visit Europe
2. Buy a house on the water
3. Somehow be included in a top-secret mission for NASA.

Not all the items on my bucket list are within reach, but I’m going to shoot for the stars.
11. Name three items you’d take with you to a desert island.
1. Sunscreen
2. A Treehouse
3. A Jet Ski

12. What characteristic do you admire most in others?
Humility, compassion, and an open mind.
13. How old is the oldest item in your closet?
I have a watch that has been passed down to me by my grandmother. I’m not sure how old it is, but much older than me!
14. Words to live by? Favorite quote?
“You are exactly where you’re supposed to be.” – This is something my mom would always say to me. It’s a reminder to put a little faith in the universe and not to overthink what I can’t control.
15. What did you want to be when you were growing up?
I wanted to be a veterinarian and work with animals until I heard a story of a girl in town who got a pet skunk. When I learned they had a vet de-skunk the skunk I switched careers.
16. If you were to skydive from an airplane what would you think about on the way down?
Am I being murdered? Because there’s no way I’d willingly jump from a plane.

Employee Spotlight: Christopher Mellen

Christopher Mellen, Airport Engineer and New Uncle

1.  What drew you to Hoyle, Tanner?
The people and the work atmosphere drove me to Hoyle, Tanner.  When I came in for my interview, I met some of the Hoyle, Tanner employees, and I was amazed at how welcoming and kind everyone was. I could tell right away there was a very supportive work atmosphere.
2. What’s something invaluable you’ve learned here?
Since working at Hoyle, Tanner I have learned the importance of teamwork and collaboration when working on an engineering project. It was very eye- opening to see the amount of communication required between project managers and engineers and how much of a team effort it truly is to keep a project moving smoothly.
3. What’s your favorite time of year to work at Hoyle, Tanner?
Summer is my favorite time of year to work at Hoyle, Tanner due to a many of our projects beginning construction during that time. This has allowed me to work in the field on various projects which is one of my favorite parts of my job.
4. What’s the coolest thing you are working on?
I am working on a drainage study project at an airport in Connecticut. I really enjoy the hands-on aspect of it. The project involves locating drainage structures all around the airport, collecting GPS coordinates as well as carrying out Level 1 inspections on the structures.
5. What’s the best thing that’s happened to you so far this week?
I recently became and uncle, and I got to see my niece over the weekend.
6. How many different states have you lived in?
I have only lived in Massachusetts.
7. If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life what would it be?
Pizza
8. What kind of pet do you have and how did you choose to name it?
I have a dog named Ozzy. He is named after one of my favorite lead singers, Ozzy Osbourne.
9. What is a fun or interesting fact about your hometown?
Tyngs Island, located in Tyngsboro MA, served as the great Indian Chief’s permanent residence, Wannalancit, for many years until he left the Island in 1686.
10. What are three things still left on your bucket list
1. Take a road trip across the country
2. Backpack through Europe
3. Buy a land plot in Maine and build a cabin

11. Name three items you’d take with you to a desert island.
1. A Swiss Army knife to hunt, prepare food, and build a shelter
2. A magnifying glass to start a fire for warmth and to cook food
3. My guitar, so I can still rock out when I get bored

12. What characteristic do you admire most in others?
I admire people that are hard-working and driven. Seeing others work hard inspires me to work harder myself.
13. How old is the oldest item in your closet?
I have a leather jacket I stole from my dad that’s probably from the 70s.
14. Words to live by? Favorite quote?
“The more you seek the uncomfortable the more you will become comfortable.” – Conor McGregor I try to live my life by this quote. Always seeking out uncomfortable situations is great way to conquer your fears and anxieties.
15. What did you want to be when you were growing up?
I wanted to play in the NHL.
16. If you were to skydive from an airplane what would you think about on the way down?
My first thought would be “I hope my parachute opens.” Then once my parachute opens, I would think, “Wow, this is awesome.”

Employee Spotlight: Payton Borza

Payton Borza, Airport Engineer and Disney Enthusiast

1.  What drew you to Hoyle, Tanner?
Because our branch office is so small, we are all very close. When considering my career options after I graduated, this is what made me want to continue on to a full-time position after my internship with Hoyle, Tanner.
2. What’s something invaluable you’ve learned here?
The importance of teamwork. We provide better products when we all work together and give input on projects.
3. What’s your favorite time of year to work at Hoyle, Tanner?
Christmas time – We usually volunteer together as a team and have our annual “Fun Committee” event.
4. What’s the coolest thing you are working on?
I am currently working on an Airport Master Plan which is something new for me.
5. What’s the best thing that’s happened to you so far this week?
Went to Disney World with my husband.
6. How many different states have you lived in?
Just one – Florida.
7. If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life what would it be?
Chick-fil-A and ice cream!
8. What kind of pet do you have and how did you choose to name it?
I have a dog named after my husband and I’s favorite type of shark, Mako.
9. What is a fun or interesting fact about your hometown?
Oviedo is well-known for its resident chickens that live downtown.
10. What are three things still left on your bucket list
1. See polar bears in the wild
2. Travel to all 50 states
3. Visit Disneyland in California

11. Name three items you’d take with you to a desert island.
1. My husband
2. A boat
3. Unlimited supply of food and drinks

12. What characteristic do you admire most in others?
Genuineness
13. How old is the oldest item in your closet?
I have a sweater that I took from my husband when we first started dating about 10 years ago.
14. Words to live by? Favorite quote?
“Let all that you do be done in love.” 1 Corinthians 16:14 – I am not always great at this but it’s something I strive for.
15. What did you want to be when you were growing up?
An elementary school teacher.
16. If you were to skydive from an airplane what would you think about on the way down?
Honestly, I’d probably be thinking about whatever my next task of the day is or what’s for lunch.

Employee Spotlight: Audrey Beaulac

Audrey Beaulac, Transportation Engineer and Outdoor Enthusiast

1.  What drew you to Hoyle, Tanner?
That was a long time ago. I was in college and looking for a job. What has kept me here for 15 years is the family atmosphere and genuine people who work here.
2. What’s something invaluable you’ve learned here?
Teamwork
3. What’s your favorite time of year to work at Hoyle, Tanner?
Spring and Fall
4. What’s the coolest thing you are working on?
I’m the design lead for two large roadway projects in Massachusetts.
5. What’s the best thing that’s happened to you so far this week?
Nothing this week will compare to my day off tomorrow for some birthday fun with family and friends on the lake.
6. How many different states have you lived in?
One
7. If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life what would it be?
Olive Pasta
8. What kind of pet do you have and how did you choose to name it?
I don’t have any but would love a dog someday.  For now, I just hang with my five niece dogs.
9. What is a fun or interesting fact about your hometown?
Good Question. According to Google Newmarket, New Hampshire was incorporated in 1727 and is one of six towns granted by Massachusetts in the last year of the reign of King George I.
10. What are three things still left on your bucket list
I don’t really have a bucket list but I would like to:
1. Hike a (small) part of the Appalachian Trail
2. Go back to Alaska
3. See more of the United States

11. What characteristic do you admire most in others?
Honesty.
12. How old is the oldest item in your closet?
Probably too old… I’ve been meaning to clean out those closets…
13. Words to live by? Favorite quote?
“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” – Lao Tzu
14. What did you want to be when you were growing up?
Architect.
15. If you were to skydive from an airplane what would you think about on the way down?
I wouldn’t skydive from a perfectly good airplane.

Employee Spotlight: Kathryn Dziadowicz

Kathryn Dziadowicz, Structural Engineer and Talented Artist


1.  What drew you to Hoyle, Tanner?
The size of the company. It’s not too small where my career growth could be restricted and it’s not too large where I’d be “just a number.”
2. What’s something invaluable you’ve learned here?
There’s always something new to learn from every situation.
3. What’s your favorite time of year to work at Hoyle, Tanner?
Summer, I love being able to go on construction sites and see designs come to life.
4. What’s the coolest thing you are working on?
I’m overseeing the construction on two bridge rehabs in New Hampshire.
5. What’s the best thing that’s happened to you so far this week?
I loaded up on some new house plants, it’s a borderline obsession at this point.
6. How many different states have you lived in?
Two – New York and New Hampshire
7. If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life what would it be?
Enchiladas
8. What kind of pet do you have and how did you choose to name it?
It pains me to say this, but currently I do not have any pets. Hopefully, I’ll get a large, fluffy dog in the near future.
9. What is a fun or interesting fact about your hometown?
My high school is located on an old potato farm.
10. What are three things still left on your bucket list
1. Have a separate building on my property for an art studio/workspace
2. Go SCUBA diving
3. Become a mom

11. What characteristic do you admire most in others?
Authenticity.
12. How old is the oldest item in your closet?
About 15 years old, I’ve held onto a halter neck shirt my grandma gave me as a little girl.
13. Words to live by? Favorite quote?
“If we wait until we’re ready, we’ll be waiting for the rest of our lives.” Lemony Snicket
14. What did you want to be when you were growing up?
A teacher
15. If you were to skydive from an airplane what would you think about on the way down?
I hope the instructor knows what they are doing.

Employee Spotlight: Shirley Wilson

Shirley Wilson, Executive Assistant and Hodophile

1.  What drew you to Hoyle, Tanner?
I worked with Hoyle, Tanner on several projects from the municipal side of things and jumped at the chance to work with Chris [President] and Matt [Director of Operations] directly.
2. What’s something invaluable you’ve learned here?
Teamwork.
3. What’s your favorite time of year to work at Hoyle, Tanner?
The Christmas holidays, of course. We employees really get into the holiday competition.
4. What’s the coolest thing you are working on?
I was able to notarize someone’s signature virtually for a proposal we submitted.
5. What’s the best thing that’s happened to you so far this week?
Seeing our children for the first time in two months and fresh cut lilacs.
6. How many different states have you lived in?
I grew up in New Jersey, went to college in Ohio (Go Buckeyes) and also lived in West Virginia, Southern Florida, Western Washington, and New Hampshire. Its interesting to look back and realize that each place was my favorite while I was there.
7. If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life what would it be?
Pasta, pasta and pasta with family and friends.
8. What kind of pet do you have and how did you choose to name it?
My husband and I have had many pets over the years, but we are empty nesters now. We used to let our children name them and ended up with very unusual names like Emily Aggasport for one of our cats.
9. What is a fun or interesting fact about your hometown?
I grew up in Whippany, NJ, named from the Leni Lenape word “Whippanong” for willow trees. Whippany is adjacent to Morristown, NJ where George Washington lived for several winters. It’s a great place for Revolutionary War history buffs.
10. What are three things still left on your bucket list? 1. Ride the train across the U.S. and then back through Canada
2. See the rest of the world
3. Be the first centenarian in space
11. Name three items you’d take with you to a desert island
1. My backpack filled with scouting supplies (yes, I was involved in Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts)
2. Paper and pen
3. Lots of wine to have bottles to send my notes in
12. What characteristic do you admire most in others?
Respectfulness and Kindness.
13. How old is the oldest item in your closet?
My wedding gown, which was first worn by my mom in 1950.
14. Words to live by? Favorite quote?
“ You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think” – A.A. Milne
15. If you were to skydive from an airplane what would you think about on the way down?
I’m a geography nut, so I’d be looking for landmarks and mapping the area out.

Employee Spotlight: Diane Ryan

Diane Ryan, Project Assistant and Devoted Mother/Grandmother
1.  What drew you to Hoyle, Tanner?
Flexible scheduling (mother’s hours).
2. What’s something invaluable you’ve learned here?
It takes effort on everyone’s part to complete projects on time and within budget, and communication is key.
3. What’s your favorite time of year to work at Hoyle, Tanner?
Summer because you can open the windows and let in the fresh air and go outside and take a walk and refresh yourself.
4. What’s the coolest thing you are working on?
Nothing really cool about accounting.  Just billing and trying to find revenue.
5. What’s the best thing that’s happened to you so far this week?
Seeing the grandchildren.
6. How many different states have you lived in?
2- Massachusetts and New Hampshire
7. If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life what would it be?
Chicken with a baked potato and broccoli..
8. What kind of pet do you have and how did you choose to name it?
We have a cat named Sheba – it’s my daughter’s and she named her.
9. What is a fun or interesting fact about your hometown?
The only thing I can think of is my older granddaughter lived in Tewksbury, Massachusetts as a little girl and my middle granddaughter lives there now. I’ve been gone over 40 years so not sure of too much going on there.
10. What are three things still left on your bucket list?
1. Traveling
2. Once I retire I want to hold babies in the NICU
3. Spend a lot of time with family and friends
11. Name three items you’d take with you to a desert island
1. Food
2. Phone
3. Family
12. What characteristic do you admire most in others?
Honesty.
13. How old is the oldest item in your closet?
A dress I wore to a wedding about 10 years.
14. Words to live by? Favorite quote?
“Treat others the way you want to be treated .” – Anonymous
15. What did you want to be when you were growing up?
A mother
16. If you were to skydive from an airplane what would you think about on the way down?
I hope I make it.

Employee Spotlight: Paul Dustin

Paul Dustin and Family in apple orchard

Paul Dustin, CADD Technician, and Summer House Dreamer
1.  What drew you to Hoyle, Tanner?
My career prior to working here was spent at engineering firms whose work was primarily state DOT based. As interesting as those projects can be, I was always drawn to the municipal projects because of the varying array of projects and the ability to work closely with clients to provide a more personal experience. I had always known that Hoyle, Tanner not only provided those things, but it was a great place to work. So, when a former coworker and Hoyle, Tanner employee called me about an opportunity to work here, I did not hesitate.
2. What’s something invaluable you’ve learned here?
That the value of teamwork and mutual respect will lead to a great work experience.
3. What’s your favorite time of year to work at Hoyle, Tanner?
Autumn. That’s when many of the projects are either winding down or wrapping up. It’s a rewarding feeling to look back at a years’ worth of submissions and see all the interesting structures I worked on, and how cool it will be to see them built the following summer.
4. What’s the coolest thing you are working on?
I am currently working on an emergency culvert replacement that has allowed the team to investigate and implement some cool out-of-the-box ideas.
5. What’s the best thing that’s happened to you so far this week?
My son Charlie spent the day with me at work. It was an awesome day.
6. How many different states have you lived in?
I have only lived here in New Hampshire.
7. If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life what would it be?
Ribeye steak grilled to perfection, a baked potato and my favorite pale ale.
8. What kind of pet do you have and how did you choose to name it?
We do not have a pet currently but are looking to get a dog very soon. We used to have a cat and his name was Hoffman.
9. What is a fun or interesting fact about your hometown?
I grew up in Hillsborough, NH which is the birthplace of the 14th president of the United States, Franklin Pierce. My personal favorite is there used to be a railroad covered bridge that was near my house. I have fond memories growing up of walking it with my dad.
10. What are three things still left on your bucket list?
1. Have a summer place on Newfound Lake
2. Travel to Ireland
3. Finally complete the 4,000 footers
11. Name three items you’d take with you to a desert island
Food, water, and my family
12. What characteristic do you admire most in others?
A good sense of humor with the ability to laugh at themselves
13. How old is the oldest item in your closet?
My favorite flannel shirt, which is nearing 20 years old
14. Words to live by? Favorite quote?
“If you tell people where to go, but not how to get there, you’ll be amazed at the results.” – George S. Patton
15. What did you want to be when you were growing up?
 Architect – I graduated college, life happened and I found my way to designing and detailing bridges, which I truly enjoy.
16. If you were to skydive from an airplane what would you think about on the way down?
I have skydived out of a plane, and on the way down I was thinking, “What in the world did I just do?” But it was a very cool experience.

Employee Spotlight: Paula Boyle

Paula Boyle, Environmental Engineer, and Longtime Resident of Her Hometown
1.  What drew you to Hoyle, Tanner?
I had co-op’d (cooperative) at several engineering firms in the Boston area but wanted to try a new firm when I graduated from Merrimack College in 1987.  The co-op office suggested Hoyle, Tanner and so I interviewed and liked the idea of being a part of the newly forming Environmental Group in our then Burlington MA office.
2. What’s something invaluable you’ve learned here?
Fully understand the client’s objectives, concerns, and budget constraints before starting a project.
3. What’s your favorite time of year to work at Hoyle, Tanner?
Springtime – new beginning after New England winters and outdoor projects get underway.
4. What’s the coolest thing you are working on?
Developing an Industrial Pretreatment Program for a Vermont community that doesn’t currently have one.
5. What’s the best thing that’s happened to you so far this week?
My husband has been making our favorite cup of coffee in the morning!
6. How many different states have you lived in?
Just 1 – Massachusetts.
7. If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life what would it be?
Pasta with (homemade sauce, of course ) bread, salad and tiramisu for dessert.
8. What kind of pet do you have and how did you choose to name it?
We had goldfish when the girls were young and they named them blackie and goldie.
9. What is a fun or interesting fact about your hometown?
I grew up in Reading MA in a large family ( I am one of six girls! no brothers) and now live there with my husband Tom and two daughters.  Reading is 12 miles north of Boston and best known for its easy access to trains & major highways.  Reading is a family-friendly community and is known for our excellent school system.
10. What are three things still left on your bucket list?
1. To visit each of my  grandparent’s farm and relatives in Ireland
2. Travel to Italy & Spain
3. Watch our girls graduate from college
11. Name three items you’d take with you to a desert island
My family, food, and a good book
12. What characteristic do you admire most in others?
Honesty, compassion, intelligence, and artistic and athletic ability
13. How old is the oldest item in your closet?
I’m afraid to say, very old – My high school prom dress (I thought my daughters would want to wear – HA!)
14. Words to live by? Favorite quote?
“Do to others what you would have them do to you” 
15. What did you want to be when you were growing up?
 A Landscape architect, then I had a high school mechanical drawing teacher who encouraged me to study Civil Engineering, so I did – and the rest is history.
16. If you were to skydive from an airplane what would you think about on the way down?
I hope I make land!

Employee Spotlight: Deb Coon

Deb Coon, Environmental Coordinator, and Chacuterie Fan
1.  What drew you to Hoyle, Tanner?
I originally came from the banking industry which was very unstable at the time. I looked at Hoyle, Tanner as a potentially stable environment where I could work the rest of my life and retire from. That was 20 years ago!
2. What’s something invaluable you’ve learned here?
I appreciate the opportunity for growth that I have been given here.  It was my husband and supervisor that encouraged me to go back to school and earn the degree I am currently working on.
3. What’s your favorite time of year to work at Hoyle, Tanner?
Anytime its busy – I love being busy. 
4. What’s the coolest thing you are working on?
Anything that involves historic structures/districts or a unique protected species.  I love learning about these things and blending preservation while protecting the traveling public.
5. What’s the best thing that’s happened to you so far this week?
I went to lunch with my best friend today!
6. How many different states have you lived in?
Five: Maryland, New York, Massachusetts, Florida, & New Hampshire
7. If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life what would it be?
Cheese, bread, olives, and wine.
8. What kind of pet do you have and how did you choose to name it?
One spoiled rotten cat named Oliver.  His name is Oliver because he looks like an Oliver, how else would you name your pet?
9. What is a fun or interesting fact about your hometown?
I grew up in Schenectady, NY.  The city is known as the birthplace of General Electric and almost everybody I knew had a parent that worked there.
10. What are three things still left on your bucket list?

  1. Fly in a fighter jet doing rolls and dives and then get hit with a g-force so hard it knocks me out.
  2. Attend a soccer match in Europe.
  3. Spend a couple of weeks sailing the east coast with my husband.

11. Name three items you’d take with you to a desert island
My husband, a boat, and any device that could be self-powered that would stream music
12. What characteristic do you admire most in others?
Honesty most definitely
13. How old is the oldest item in your closet?
At least 60 years!  It’s a doll that used to belong to my mother when she was a little girl.
14. Words to live by? Favorite quote?
“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” – Maya Angelou
15. What did you want to be when you were growing up?
A veterinarian – doesn’t every little girl want to do that at some point?
16. If you were to skydive from an airplane what would you think about on the way down?
I would wonder what the heck I was thinking when I agree to do this!

Employee Spotlight: Nicole Centerbar, EIT

Transportation Engineer and Car Enthusiast

  1. What drew you to Hoyle, Tanner?
    • I got to work with Hoyle, Tanner as a client during an internship in college and really enjoyed working with them and also all of the opportunities they have to work in multiple disciplines really appealed to me.
  2. What’s something invaluable you’ve learned here?
    • Always ask questions, there’s always something to learn.
  3. What’s your favorite time of year to work at Hoyle, Tanner?
    • Summertime is always great because it’s a mix of office work and getting outside to do field work.
  4. What’s the coolest thing you are working on?
    • I’m working on a couple of culvert projects on a road near my house that I will get to drive over every day knowing I helped design them which will be cool.
  5. What’s the best thing that’s happened to you so far this week?
    • My fantasy football team went for 230 points!
  6. How many different states have you lived in?
    • Just Vermont. I actually lived in the same house my entire life until a year ago.
  7. If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life what would it be?
    • Anything pasta
  8. What kind of pet do you have and how did you choose to name it?
    • I have a Siberian Husky named Samantha and a King Charles Spaniel named Optimus Prime. Samantha was always a name my husband and I liked and it just fit when we got her as a puppy. Optimus Prime was a puppy around the time the Transformers movies were coming out and my husband, who was 16 at the time, picked the name.
  9. What is a fun or interesting fact about your hometown?
    • Burlington has one of only 2 high schools in the country with a seahorse mascot.
  10. What are three things still left on your bucket list?
    • Own an ’88 BMW E30 M3
    • Drive the Nürburgring in Germany
    • Pass the PE exam
  11. Name three items you’d take with you to a desert island
    • My husband
    • A sailboat
    • Rob Siegel’s Memoirs of a Hack Mechanic
  12. What characteristic do you admire most in others?
    • Integrity
  13. How old is the oldest item in your closet?
    • A 47-year-old valve cover from a ’72 BMW 2002tii I use to own
  14. Words to live by? Favorite quote?
    • “Life is too short to drive boring cars” -Ssharad Malhotra
  15. What did you want to be when you were growing up?
    • I always wanted to be a doctor until I discovered I have a terribly weak stomach.
  16. If you were to skydive from an airplane what would you think about on the way down?
    • Hoping I don’t land wrong and break an ankle like my dad did a couple of years ago.

Employee Spotlight: Shawn Tobey, PE

Shawn Tobey, Civil Engineer and Family Man

  1. What drew you to Hoyle, Tanner?

It was a large firm with a lot of knowledgeable staff. I was drawn to working on unique and challenging projects

  1. What’s something invaluable you’ve learned here?

Strategies for working collaboratively and networking skills.

  1. What’s your favorite time of year to work at Hoyle, Tanner?

I like the summer time because most projects are in construction and there is opportunity to be out in the field.

  1. What’s the coolest thing you are working on?

I am currently working on a 25 acre mixed-use 303-unit residential development project.

  1. What’s the best thing that’s happened to you so far this week?

Playing soccer in the yard with my daughter, wife and dogs.

  1. How many different states have you lived in?

Two: Maine, NH

  1. If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life what would it be?

Lobster

  1. What kind of pet do you have and how did you choose to name it?

We have two Boston Terrier/Pug mix dog’s named Jean-Luc and Margaux. My wife is a French teacher so it was only fitting that they had French names.

  1. What is a fun or interesting fact about your hometown?

My family settled in Eliot, Maine in the 1600s. They were boat builders. My father is a carpenter and boat builder today and still lives in the same town.

  1. What are three things still left on your bucket list.

I’d like to master plan and design a large scale urban development project, build a boat and someday I’d like to walk my daughter down the aisle. 

  1. Name three items you’d take with you to a desert island

A fishing pole, a saw and a new pair of work boots.

  1. What characteristic do you admire most in others?

Authenticity

  1. How old is the oldest item in your closet?

A box of old newspaper articles from my basketball days.

  1. Words to live by? Favorite quote?

“If you are working on something that you really care about, you don’t have to be pushed. The vision pulls you.” – Steve Jobs

  1. What did you want to be when you were growing up?

Civil engineer

  1. If you were to skydive from an airplane what would you think about on the way down?

I would scout areas to develop!

Employee Spotlight: Patrick Sharrow

Patrick Sharrow, Airport Planner and Outdoor Enthusiast
 
1. What drew you to Hoyle, Tanner?
I enjoy working in all aspects of aviation. Planning gives me a chance to work directly with airport managers on a variety of issues at a wide variety of airports. As a former Airport Manager, I can appreciate the issues that surface on a daily basis. I really enjoy working through these unique challenges and believe providing an outside point-of-view is valuable. Working for Hoyle, Tanner also gives me the ability to think outside the box and really get into the weeds utilizing new thoughts, methods, and technology to solve problems. I’ve always wanted to be part of a company that made me feel like a family member. Company that has large goals with a work life balance.
 
2. What’s something invaluable you’ve learned here?
The culture of continuous learning. There is so much to learn! I have gained a new perspective. I relate airport consulting to fly fishing. You can fly fish your entire life and never truly master the art. As is with airport planning and consulting, and this is what makes it so intriguing and addicting! The continuous challenge and sense of accomplishment when it all comes together.
 
3. What’s your favorite time of year to work at Hoyle, Tanner?
I like the summertime. I travel a lot to visit clients and airports in general. I enjoy the views along the drive and enjoy seeing new places. Occasionally when I am off the clock and come across a nice river I’ll take a pit stop and toss the line.
 
4. What’s the coolest thing you are working on?
I enjoy working with airport managers at a variety of airports in a wide variety of locations.
Advances in UAS technology and finding new ways to utilize UAS technology to increase safety and efficiency in the aviation industry.
 
5. What’s the best thing that’s happened to you so far this week?
I got to fly a seaplane into my camp on Lake Champlain! I have always wanted to fly a seaplane!
 
6. What kind of pet do you have and how did you choose to name it?
Lab Whippet mix named Piper after a Piper Cherokee that I fly. She has been raised on airports. From working on the airfield during wildlife management to walking the terminal with TSA and Police K9s, and of course hours of hangar lounging.
 
7. What is a fun or interesting fact about your hometown?
I grew up in Charlotte Vermont which is about a half-hour south of Burlington. When I was in 8th grade some people found a whale skeleton by the railroad tracks. It was a really cool reminder that this land was once covered in ocean.
 
8. What are three things still left on your bucket list
• Spend some time exploring Alaska
• Climb Mt. Rainier in Washington
• Visit all the national park
 
9. Name three items you’d take with you to a desert island
My Boat, Fishing rod and my Mandolin. I figure the boat may come in handy if I would like to get off the island.
 

10. How old is the oldest item in your closet?
I have a box of old aircraft parts. Literally nuts and bolts and pieces of metal that were from a B-24 Liberator that crashed into Camels Hump on Oct. 16, 1944. My uncle gave them to me years ago, and I was always going to make a shadow box or something with them.

11. Words to live by? Favorite quote
“It is never too late to be what you might have been.” (Quote sometimes attributed to George Eliot)

12. What did you want to be when you were growing up?
An aerospace engineer. Then I started working on plans at the local airstrip and soon after started flying. That sold me on aviation, and I never looked back.

13. If you were to skydive from an airplane what would you think about on the way down?
I have been skydiving multiple times! Honestly, it’s such a rush I can’t get over the beauty of being so high with nothing around you and the sensation of free-falling through the air followed by flying under the canopy. There’s not much that can beat that feeling.

Employee Spotlight: Nicole Crawford

Nicole Crawford, Airport Engineer and HGTV-Enthusiast
  1. What has drawn you to and kept you at Hoyle, Tanner?
    • I was working at a smaller firm before. I wanted to try a larger firm, and I also wanted to do more transportation. So what drew me here was the size, the type of projects, and the team. In a smaller firm, you do much different work. Why I stay here? Probably because I like the team. I wasn’t doing airport engineering before this, but I find airports very interesting.
  2. What’s the most invaluable thing you’ve learned here?
    • Oh gosh, I’ve learned a lot. Working in this position, I get to do both the design work and see the construction phase of the project. I think that’s the most important thing — that I get to see both sides of it.
  3. What’s your favorite time of year to work at Hoyle, Tanner?
    • Definitely the summer [laughs]. I like the summer. There’s lots of construction projects, which means it’s a little more hectic and there’s a chance to be on site.
  4. If you were a character in a book/movie/tv show, who would you be?
    • Off the top of my head? I guess I would have to say Jason Bourne, because how could you not want to be like him? How could you not want to have a mind like that? But on the other side of that, probably also the main character from Along Came Polly. She’s so laid back and so accepting.
  5. What’s one of your bucket list items?
    • I deliberately do not have a bucket list. Because then I feel like you’re doing something just to do it. I don’t want that to be my focus.
  6. Words you live by? Favorite quote?
    • I like a lot of them. I’d have to look them up, but I think any positive message out there, I like.
  7. If you were to skydive from an airplane, what would you think about on the way down?
    • I would be terrified. I would not be able to think about anything.
  8. Favorite food?
    • Anything that’s really super fresh — like a fresh tomato mozzarella salad.
  9. If you were to enter a talent contest and you could do anything, what would your talent be?
    • I would probably love to sing. I cannot at all, so that’d be awesome.
  10. When you’re not working, what could people most likely find you doing?
    • Well, for actual hobbies, we like hiking — my husband, dog, and I. What we’re actually doing though is working on the house and playing with the puppy. I love house projects. Or we’re doing what the puppy wants to do.

Employee Spotlight: Fran Baldowski

Fran Weaver, Grant Administrator at work & Avid Recycler/Earth Enthusiast in free time
  1. What has drawn you to and kept you at Hoyle, Tanner?
    • Well the real reason I came here is because someone I used to work for, Bill E., called me and said, “Are you looking for a job?” So I came into the interview and it was odd. It was December 1997, and the company was just moving into this space [the mill building]. There were moving boxes everywhere. It was strange. The other interesting thing that happened is that Bill worked in this building for a place called Pandora. I’d worked for Bill in this same building! It was like coming home [laughs]. The people have obviously kept me here. They’re wonderful. [Chuckles] It’s been a thrilling ride!
  2. What’s your favorite thing to see in the office?
    • My favorite thing to see is… happy people. Happy people coming into the office, getting their coffee, settling in for the day. Yeah, happy people.
  3. My favorite time of year to work at Hoyle, Tanner is _____ because…
    • Is there a least favorite? [Laughs] No, I won’t say least favorite. I guess my busiest time and hardest time, and therefore least favorite is April. Because that’s when we’re pushing to get all our grants done for our clients. And then May 1 is when all the grants are due and it’s a collective sigh of relief. I usually take a couple of days off after to recuperate.
  4. What is one thing you feel you have to do before the end of your life? Bucket list item?
    • I’m getting awfully close to that you know! [Laughs] Move to Maine. It’s where most of our clients live, though that’s not the reason I’d move there. I’ve always been drawn to it. The seacoast.
  5. Do you have a favorite quote? Something you live by?
    • “Do unto others.” That’s it.
  6. If you were to skydive, what would you think about most on your way down?
    • “How long is it till I crash?” [Laughs] I’m not a roller coaster person. I know I’d be closing my eyes, saying “Is it over yet? Is it over yet?” A plane is a different story. [We] flew to Augusta, Maine and that was awesome.
  7. If you were to enter a talent contest and you could do anything, what would be your talent?
    • Can I cook? I would cook. I’d make a special meal for the judges.
  8. Favorite food?
    • Seafood—lobster specifically.
  9. My heart melts at the sight of______:
    • [Without hesitation] Puppies.
  10. When you’re not working, what could people most likely find you doing?
    • Volunteering. I volunteer for different organizations. I do walkathons for the animal shelter, and I volunteer for New Horizons Soup Kitchen and Shelter. Through New Horizons I do 5k races. If you volunteer to help at the races, donations go to New Horizons and other organizations. My two favorites are the Friends of Manchester Animal Shelter and New Horizons.

Employee Spotlight: Jake Sparkowich

  1. What drew you to Hoyle, Tanner originally?
    1. Well, I was working for a much smaller company before joining the team and knew that I wanted to work for a larger company. I have a growing professional network here (in NH) after attending UNH and had heard great things about Hoyle, Tanner and the opportunities for growth that they offer. I figured it would be a great place to work (and it is)!
  2. What do you like most about working at Hoyle, Tanner?
    1. How friendly and open everyone is. I think it is great that when I am working on a project that we all work collectively as a team and I am able to speak freely with anyone I need to complete the assignment.
  3. Can you talk about a favorite memory or proudest moment here?
    1. We recently did some reconfiguring in the office and a bunch of us moved our spaces. The Transportation Group spent a few nights painting and moving things around while eating pizza – it allowed us to bond more as a team.
  4. What is your favorite pastimes outside the office?
    1. I love to hike and play ultimate Frisbee (here and back home in Maine). I also like to snowmobile in the winter and stay active with my friends.
  5. If you were stuck on an island what three things would you bring?
    1. A deck of cards, 6-pack and bicycle… hopefully the island is big.
  6. People would be surprised if they knew?
    1. I have completed two Tough Mudder competitions with my fraternity brothers; my first at Gunstock and the second most recently in Westbrook, Maine. They are fun, typically 10 miles of obstacle course to work together to complete.
  7. Do you have a motto or personal mantra?
    1. Work hard, play harder!
  8. What did you want to be growing up?
    1. [chuckles]A forest ranger. I wanted to spend all of my time in the woods growing up.
  9. If given the chance, who would you like to be for a day?
    1. Mario Andretti – what I would give to drive really fast and not get in any trouble.
  10. If you won the lottery today, what would be the first thing you would buy?
    1. Well, I recently got a new car, so I would probably buy a house.

Employee Spotlight: Kimberly Peace

Kimberly Peace, Environmental Coordinator & Beach Enthusiast

  1. What drew you to Hoyle, Tanner originally?
    1. I was looking for a change and the opportunity to work in a different environment. I knew I wanted to work for a company that I could grow with.
  2. What do you like most about working at Hoyle, Tanner?
    1. It’s a great bunch of people! I really enjoy that my projects are all very different; it is challenging and I learn something every day from this job.
  3. Can you talk about a favorite memory here? Proudest moment?
    1. I recently received a compliment out in public from a staff member at NH Fish and Game about how all of our work (permits and permitting applications) are of such high quality. It really made me proud.
  4. What is your favorite pastimes outside the office?
    1. Playing with my kids and husband, hiking, reading and naps. Naps are essential at my house on Sunday afternoons [chuckles], they are like religion.
  5. If you were stuck on an island what three things would you bring?
    1. Sunblock especially, then a book and some water!
  6. People would be surprised if they knew?
    1. I worked for the Ripley Aquarium for 9 months and I was responsible for feeding the sharks. Through this experience I can now take sharks’ blood pressure. I also had the opportunity to go to the pier where a lot of people catch hammerhead sharks and collect them for the tanks at the aquarium.
  7. Do you have a motto or personal mantra?
    1. Does “stop that” count?! [laughs, then responds with] of the Golden Rule, “do unto others as you would have them do unto you”. Oh and if you are my children then it is “If you are going to act annoying don’t be surprised when people get annoyed!”
  8. What did you want to be growing up?
    1. A veterinarian, oh and a jockey but I quickly out grew that when I was like 10 and was ginormously tall!
  9. If given the chance, who would you like to be for a day?
    1. Princess Kate… I am fascinated by the travel, possibly the clothes, the beautiful places and everything she gets to experience.
  10. If you won the lottery today, what would be the first thing you would buy?
    1. A house on the beach. We have lived several places so we would need to have one in multiple places – the Maine, Florida and South Carolina coasts. That would be perfect to wake up and look out the window and see the ocean!

Employee Spotlight: Nichole Davis

Nichole Davis, Marketing Specialist, Aspiring to be like Captain Planet

  1. What brought you to work at Hoyle, Tanner?
    • I was working toward my bachelor’s at SNHU in Marketing, and Hoyle, Tanner offered me a position that would help me reach my career goals.
  2. What do you like most about working at Hoyle, Tanner?
    • I really like that Hoyle, Tanner runs different charitable campaigns to help public and non-profit organizations. We participate in Operation Santa Claus, support Camp Spaulding, and make monthly donations to the NH Food Bank, among other things. The community outreach aspect is by far my favorite thing about this company.
  3. Can you talk about a favorite memory or proudest moment here?
    • I worked with the Public Works Director of Goffstown to complete his nomination for the American Public Works Association’s “Top 10 Public Works Leaders of the Year” Award. After tough competition, he was selected as 1 of 10 winners from across the nation! I put a lot of work into the nomination package and had a chance to get to know him better and was very excited when he won.
  4. How do you spend your time outside of the office? Any favorite pastimes or family activities?
    • Well, on top of working here, I have a small bakery business that I run out of my home, I am Pampered Chef consultant and landlord, and I work and volunteer part-time at the Manchester Animal Shelter. When I’m not doing any of those things, I love to cook and spend time with my family, friends, and pets.
  5. What is one thing you couldn’t live without and why?
    • Definitely my Kitchenaid Mixer. Baking helps me decompress… so for me it is only fitting to have my mixer.
  6. Tell me a random fact most people don’t know about you.
    • If you add my mom and dad’s children together, I am one of nine kids.
  7. Do you have a favorite quote or any words you live by?
    • Hmm…”Carpe diem!”[laughs] Either that or “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all!”
  8. Before working here, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
    • For a while, I worked on concert setups and breakdowns, so most people think that’s kind of bizarre [laughs]. I would do staging, lighting, electrical, etc., for concerts at different venues around the state. The last one was right after I started working here, when Bob Dylan played at the Fisher Cats Stadium.
  9. Would you ever want to be famous? If so, for what?
    • Sure, I would like to be famous. I want to be known for my cakes. Nothing like those people with dramatic reality shows about baking on Bravo, but famous in the way that Mike’s Pastry in Boston is famous. I want a shop people come to because they know it’s the best.
  10. If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?
    • I would want to be Captain Planet! Nevermind having one single super power, I want to be able to call upon my compadres to solve all the world’s problems!

Employee Spotlight: Travis Gelinas

Travis Gelinas, CADD Technician & Car Nut

  1. What brought you to work at Hoyle, Tanner
    • It was a “right place, right time” kind of situation. I used to work for the company that filled the vending machines here, and one day, Donna told me there was a job opening. I’m really glad it worked out the way it did.
  2. What do you like most about working at Hoyle, Tanner?
    • The environment, the people, the work…It’s all good. One of my favorite things is that even though this is a pretty big company, when you get on the elevator with anyone – even the higher-ups like the president – you can have a casual, fun conversation. That goes for everyone here, and I think it makes us different.
  3. What is one thing you want everyone to know about you?
    • I’m a very laidback person, and I hate stress. I just think that stress never helps the process! The work has to get done, it will get done, and stressing out won’t change anything. That’s an idea that’s really important to me.
  4. How do you spend your time outside of the office? Any favorite pastimes or family activities?
    • I’m a car nut. I love to work on cars and motorcycles, and I like to build new things. That’s how I spend most of my free time. I also used to do martial arts, but I’ve recently taken a break from it.
  5. What is one thing you couldn’t live without and why?
    • Am I allowed to say “air”? [laughs] I guess if I had to choose something real to take to a desert island, I would say an old school hot rod. Like I said, I’m a car-lover.
  6. Tell me a random fact most people don’t know about you.
    • People usually think it’s funny when they find out I was 4’10” until I was a sophomore in high school…I’m now 6’0”.
  7. Do you have a favorite quote or any words you live by?
    • Just the classic, “Treat others as you wish to be treated.”
  8. Before working here, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
    • Most of my previous jobs were pretty standard. I worked for Carvel’s, the ice cream place, and that showed me that it’s never fun to work with customers who really want their ice cream.
  9. Would you ever want to be famous? If so, for what?
    • Probably not…though I would like to make enough money to ease the financial burden on family and friends.
  10. If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?
    • I would want the power to heal people.

Employee Spotlight: Marisa DiBiaso

Marisa DiBiaso, Civil Engineer & Seeker of Eternal Youth

  1. What brought you to work at Hoyle, Tanner?
    • It was really slow at previous job, so I wanted to find a position that challenged me. Once I decided I needed change, Hoyle, Tanner was my first choice. It has a great reputation in New Hampshire, and I would be able to keep working in Portsmouth. Win-win!
  2. What do you like most about working at Hoyle, Tanner?
    • The work here constantly challenges me. We get interesting, local projects that I’m really proud to say I designed. The people are also smart and hardworking in our office, and of course, our boss, Bill, is great (And that’s not just me trying to get a raise!).
  3. Can you talk about a favorite memory here? Proudest moment?
    • Definitely the groundbreaking for the Somersworth Downtown project. I was a part of designing the infrastructure, and it was so rewarding to see it completed. The project was important to the community and very high profile – to the point that even my friends outside of work were talking about it. It was nice to be a part of something so visibly significant.
  4. How do you spend your time outside of the office?
    • I’m a very active person, so that’s how I spend most of my free time. I do CrossFit 5 days a week and love to snowboard or hike, depending on the weather.
  5. What is one thing you couldn’t live without?
    • Probably either my iPhone or the outdoors.
  6. Tell me a random fact that most people don’t know about you.
    • I own a multifamily in Portsmouth and have been a landlord for 9 years.
  7. Do you have a favorite quote or words you live by?
    • “Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die today.” – James Dean
  8. Before working here, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
    • I used to grade standardized tests part-time. We would only have to grade the essay parts, so it was funny to see what students would write. Some just drew pictures, and some would just ask, “What kind of losers read these things?!” I guess I was that loser.
  9. Would you ever want to be famous? If so, for what?
    • Ever since I started watching Friends, I’ve wanted to be on a sitcom. It just seems like a lot of fun. If not that, though, I’d want to be a gymnast.
  10. If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?
    • I’d either want eternal youth or immortality.

Employee Spotlight: Jeff Collins

Jeff Collins, Transportation Engineer & Proud Father & Husband

  1. What brought you to work at Hoyle, Tanner?
    • I started working here straight out of college, so really I was happy for a job offer. I thought it was a cool opportunity for me, too, because highway was something I really wanted to work on. I knew structural wasn’t for me and felt lucky to be focusing on something different.
  2. What do you like most about working at Hoyle, Tanner? What has kept you here so long?
    • The people are really what have kept me here for the past 14 years. I’ve always had good people to work with and for. The size of the company is also nice, because you get to see a lot of different stuff. There’s diversity in the projects when it comes to scale and what you’re doing.
  3. Can you talk about a favorite memory here? Proudest moment?
    • It’s hard to pick a single thing that stands out. My involvement in large projects has been cool. Almost from day 1, I was involved in a huge airport project. Then I got to work on I-93, and I could definitely tell a few stories about the all-nighters I pulled for that job [laughs]. It’s exciting to see those big jobs get built. You know that you did something real, and it’s not just lines on a piece of paper.
  4. How do you spend your time outside of the office? Any favorite pastimes or family activities?
    • At this point, I spend all my time outside the office with my children. I have three little girls – twins that turned 4 in May and my youngest daughter who just turned 2. I’m happy to say we’ve all survived this far! Family activities are still pretty hard to organize, though. At their ages, the girls can’t concentrate on doing anything for more than 15 minutes. Sunday breakfast is always pretty fun, though, and we love the weekends when we actually get to spend time together.
    • I do love watching sports, too. I don’t play them much anymore. I’m hoping I can convince at least one of my kids to do a sport when they’re old enough [laughs].
  5. What is one thing you couldn’t live without (& why)?
    • It sounds cliché, but I have to say my wife. We work really well together, and I couldn’t live without her. We’re not the types to celebrate silly holidays like Valentine’s Day, either. We support each other all year long, so we don’t need one day of giving Hallmark money to show it.
  6. Do you have a favorite quote or any words you live by?
    • I try to live every day as best I can and take things as they come.
  7. Before working here, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
    • I didn’t have too many jobs before this, just because I started right out of college. In terms of an interesting job, though, I was a mason laborer for a little while. I got to see what hard labor was all about. Lifting concrete blocks and bricks all day, slugging concrete in wheelbarrows…that was tough work. We would complain that our hands hurt, and then you look at the guys that had been doing it for years and years, and it was like nothing to them. Interesting experience.
  8. Would you ever want to be famous? If so, for what?
    • Probably not. I’m not a limelight kind of person, and I know there’s a lot of bad stuff that goes along with fame.
  9. If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?
    • I don’t know about that one. I was never into superheroes when I was a kid, and now my nephews talk about ones that I’ve never even heard of!