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How One Woman Proudly Made Her Career at Hoyle, Tanner – From Entry-Level Assistant to Director of Human Resources

Judy Donovan Hann began her career at Hoyle, Tanner nearly 29 years ago when her children were 1, 3, and 5 years old starting in 1992 as a part-time, entry-level marketing assistant. After two years, the executive assistant position opened, and the President and CEO chose her to fill the role. Years later, she was promoted to become the Executive Administrator. Because her degree from Boston College included a concentration in personnel management, she was always interested in the company’s staffing side. Over the years she assisted the Human Resources Manager and learned more about the company’s human resources functions by being tasked with additional responsibilities. In 2017 she became the Human Resources Manager, and in 2018 Judy made her most significant jump yet: Vice President and election to the Board of Directors.

With support from her coworkers, Judy continued to grow in her career while raising her now-grown children, Max, Rye, and Emily. “This company really understands the importance of family and I was, and still am, incredibly grateful for that, not just for me but for all the parents and caregivers who work for Hoyle, Tanner.”

She added “Moving up in the company means a lot to me because it shows that the leadership has faith in me. I came up from humble beginnings at the company, I’ve gone through the ranks, and they respect my abilities and the perspective I have.”

Judy has seen a lot of positive changes over the years. She is especially excited about the strides we have made recently to utilize technology that Human Resources had never used before. Having this technology has allowed the firm to streamline many processes and make HR more user-friendly. It’s an ever-changing work in progress and one she is very proud to be part of.

Her main priority is (and always will be) the employees. She sees employees on their first day and the connection continues throughout their career at Hoyle, Tanner, even when they don’t see her. Director of Engineering Operations Matthew Low, PE says of Judy, “We are really fortunate to have a professional like Judy on our team, she puts the human in human resources. She is a staunch advocate for our employees and works tirelessly every day to make sure that the company balances business success with the needs of our team. I really hope that our team members know that Judy cares so much about each of them – because she really does.”

“I love being able to work with people at all levels and to help make their experience working here as positive as mine has been,” she said. “I will always advocate for the employees, and I want everyone to know we are thinking about them. The focus is on them. Every one of us is part of what Hoyle, Tanner is now, and we are all part of where we are going. Those aren’t just empty words; those are the beliefs held by the firm’s leadership, right to the very top. That’s why I am still here. I’m proud, and consider myself lucky, to be a part of the company.”

Judy’s career spans nearly three decades and counting. Her positions and responsibilities may have changed, but her employee-centric mantras will always remain the same.

Christina Slosek

About Christina Slosek

Christina is a marketing/proposal coordinator at Hoyle, Tanner. She excels in organization, multitasking, and creating proposals that are both orderly and eye-catching. When she is not at work, you can find her watching Netflix with some dark chocolate, playing with her kids, taking photos of her pets, and pranking her husband.