Tag: Employee Spotlight

Employee Spotlight: Nicole Crawford

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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: Amy Johnson

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Amy Johnson, Civil Engineer and Devoted Athlete
  1. What has drawn you to and kept you at Hoyle, Tanner?
    • Well, I was first drawn to Hoyle, Tanner because I worked with Carl Quiram in Goffstown for my first internship. Then I knew I wanted to try the private sector. So I reached out to him when I saw that he moved to Hoyle, Tanner and he was kind enough to get me an interview for a second internship. I started as an intern last May at Hoyle, Tanner and was offered a position as a Junior Engineer in March. [What’s kept me here is] I really like that I can see projects all the way through, from the proposal stage to the construction phase. I really like being involved.
  2. What’s something invaluable that you’ve learned here?
    • Probably asking for help because I will put my head down and try to figure out the calculations, but I’m new and I’m still learning. The people I work with have made me feel comfortable enough that I don’t feel bashful asking questions.
  3. Favorite thing to see in the office?
    • I like to see people having fun – not just talking about work but what they did over the weekend and stuff. It makes the work environment more fun.
  4. If you were a character in a book or a movie, who would you be?
    • So, it’s not a specific person or a movie, but I would want to be on the show Survivor. I think I’d be good in the social aspect of the game. I’d lay low until the merge. Then I would show my physical strength off and win a lot of individual immunities. I’ve played sports my whole life. I played lacrosse at UNH, and I’ve played basketball and volleyball, so I think I’d do well.
  5. Favorite food?
    • Lobster.
  6. If you could be anyone for a day, who would you be?
    • I think I would want to be the president because who wouldn’t want to be the president? I wouldn’t want to make any decisions but I would try to benefit from the perks, like take a ride on a helicopter or boat. Whatever they get to do.
  7. If people saw you from a distance, they probably wouldn’t guess…
    • That I’m an engineer. I went to Starbucks this morning and [the barista] was making small talk, asking me what I did for work. When I said I was a civil engineer, she just kind of smiled and didn’t know what else to say.
  8. Do you have a favorite quote? Words to live by?
    • There was a quote on my teabag the other day that I really liked. Hold on one second. [Pause] I put it on my Instagram so I had to get it. It was, “Say it straight, simple, and with a smile.”
  9. If you were to skydive from an airplane, what would you think about on the way down?
    • How I’m going to celebrate when I land. I wouldn’t be surprised if I were to skydive. I just haven’t done it yet, but I enjoy celebrating the little things.
  10. When you’re not working, what could people most likely find you doing?
    • Probably playing sports. I do kickball on Thursdays and I’m on two volleyball teams.

Employee Spotlight: Fran Weaver

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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: Jeff DeGraff

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Jeff DeGraff, Bridge Engineer and Outdoor Enthusiast

  1. What has drawn you to and kept you at Hoyle, Tanner?
    • There are few structural engineering jobs in Vermont. It’s also one of the better firms in Vermont, as well. What’s keeping me here is the ability to pursue water resource engineering, which is what my master’s degree is in. And I just love the Vermont office in general, it has a good atmosphere. I also have a great view. We’re on the fourth floor, so I can see Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks.
  2. What is something invaluable you’ve learned here?
    • To never stop learning. That’s pretty much it.
  3. My favorite time of year to work at Hoyle, Tanner is _____ because…
    • The summer time because you’re able to go outside more often to visit the sites. And Burlington is pretty awesome in the summer time.
  4. If you were a character in a book, tv show or movie, who would you be?
    • Batman [laughs]. That’s not even a question. Definitely the movie one, the Christian Bale one.
  5. What’s one of your bucket list items before you die?
    • Camp, fish, and hunt in Alaska. I would go in the summer time. That’s when you can go fly fishing and stuff. It’s just one of the last untouched landscapes in the United States for the most part.
  6. What is your favorite quote?
    • “Live your life like you’re going to die tomorrow.” I don’t know who said it, but I heard it once and I just thought, wow that was really good.
  7. If people saw you from a distance, they might not suspect…
    • That I’m actually an engineer. Uh cause I may be serious at work but I’m not serious outside of work. [Laughs]
  8. If you were to skydive from an airplane, what would you think about most on your way down?
    • How fast am I falling right now? I’m not afraid of heights, but I just want to know how fast I’d be falling. That’s the engineering side of me.
  9. Favorite food?
    • Italian food in general. I’m not sure I’m Italian.
  10. When you’re not working, what could people most likely find you doing?
    • Yard work. [Laughs] It’s because it’s a necessity. Honestly, just being outdoors in general. Hiking, fishing, mostly those two things. Even in the winter, I go snowboarding. It doesn’t matter, just outdoor activities.

Employee Spotlight: Heidi Lemay

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  1. What drew you to Hoyle, Tanner originally?
    1. Originally, I met Todd Clark and other representatives at an ASCE event and they were sitting at a table conversing. I liked that they were so professional but still NICE! I started following the company when I realized that they do work in my field of interest and when I saw an opening I applied. I met with Mike Trainque at the interview and realized that people here are personable and want to teach you, which is great, because as a young engineers that is what we need!
  2. What do you like most about working at Hoyle, Tanner?
    1. I like the culture… people are awesome here and enjoy their jobs! Everyone has so much personality and is so friendly. I felt comfortable within the first few weeks of being here, and that is quick for me [chuckles].
  3. Can you talk about a favorite memory or proudest moment here?
    1. During my first month of working here I was selected to go to my first interview to represent the company for a job that we were going for. It was then that I realized that I was part of a good team and was valuable member. I have only been here for 7 months, but that is my proudest moment so far!
  4. What is your favorite pastimes outside the office?
    1. They change a lot. I have really been into Pilates and yoga recently, as well as water skiing (now that I can stand up)! I also really enjoy being artistic and love to paint. When time allows, I also enjoy giving back and I do that through mentoring young women engineers. I hope to instill in younger folks that they can do anything they want to do: there is nothing holding them back.
  5. If you were stuck on an island what three things would you bring?
    1. I would bring Gary, my husband, as well as food and chlorine tabs for the water because I am not sure what the water quality will be like on the island.
  6. People would be surprised if they knew?
    1. I was TERRIBLE at math growing up… I hated it. A couple years into college I realized I wanted to be an engineer and I would do whatever it took to be one, which meant forcing myself to actually learn and like math. I have absolutely NO regrets!
  7. Do you have a motto or personal mantra?
    1. One of my favorite quotes: “A ship in a harbor is safe but that’s not what ships are built for.” – John Shedd.
  8. What did you want to be growing up?
    1. A doctor: I loved biology as well as human anatomy and physiology.
  9. If given the chance, who would you like to be for a day?
    1. The lead character from the movie “Pay It Forward” to spend the whole day giving back to perfect strangers would be amazing.
  10. If you won the lottery today, what would be the first thing you would buy?
    1. I would buy my family anything that they wanted but couldn’t afford; I would buy a house for myself and my new husband; a Tessla Roadster for my in-laws; donate to the local animal shelters; donate to the College of Engineering at UNH; and lastly, I would invest the rest!

Employee Spotlight: Jake Sparkowich

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  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: Shawna Fournier

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  1. What drew you to Hoyle, Tanner originally?
    1. Well, I was a stay-at-home mom for 10 years raising my children and had just completed my first degree. I applied at a temp agency and then received a call that they needed help for a couple of days… 11 years later and here I am [chuckles].
  2. What do you like most about working at Hoyle, Tanner?
    1. I love working for Hoyle, Tanner… we are a solid company. We have a good reputation and that is something that I am proud to be part of. Also coming from a non-engineering background, I have really grown to like the engineering industry especially our private clients – they are all great people.
  3. Can you talk about a favorite memory or proudest moment here?
    1. My proudest moment would probably be, when Bill Davidson became the profit center manager and our office was able to shift gears profitability wise after the recession – it finally felt like we had a strong team. I also have an ‘I Told You So’ moment… when Chris Mulleavey was appointed President because I knew years ago he was working to make a difference here.
  4. What is your favorite pastimes outside the office?
    1. Spending time up north and snowmobiling with my husband Chris, as well as spending time with my three children and my two amazing grandsons. I also love wood burning.
  5. If you were stuck on an island what three things would you bring?
    1. My family, snow (because everything is better in snow) and my husband’s tools… tools you ask?! Yes my husband is a jack-of-all-trades and has a huge collection of tools from just about every skill there is. This way he could use them to build or make me ANYTHING that I may need.
  6. People would be surprised if they knew?
    1. My husband and I were high school sweethearts, we met at 15 and have been together for 30 years, and married for 24. I am also a 42 year old grandmother (Gigi) of 2!
  7. Do you have a motto or personal mantra?
    1. Yes, – Do it with passion or don’t do it at all.
  8. What did you want to be growing up?
    1. I wanted to own an orphanage to help children.
  9. If given the chance, who would you like to be for a day?
    1. God is the only “who” I can think of. Being God would allow me to bring my brother back – I miss him terribly.
  10. If you won the lottery today, what would be the first thing you would buy?
    1. A one-way ticket to ALASKA!

Employee Spotlight: Delinda Robinson

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  1. What drew you to Hoyle, Tanner originally?
    1. Judy… she told me about the opening and the company and that she really liked the members of the marketing team.
  2. What do you like most about working at Hoyle, Tanner?
    1. Working with you… [chuckles]…no, truthfully, being creative every day is what I enjoy most combined with my great co-workers.
  3. Can you talk about a favorite memory here? Proudest moment?
    1. I haven’t been here that long (just over a year) to have a lot, but my favorite memory is going to Camp Spaulding. That was great! Meeting the kids and seeing our donations made a real impact on me.
  4. What is your favorite pastimes outside the office?
    1. Spending time with all of my family, friends and animals. I recently got involved with the Manchester Animal Shelter and am now fostering a mom cat and her five kittens (my mini muffins).
  5. If you were stuck on an island what three things would you bring?
    1. [Laughs hysterically then pauses to respond]…I guess I would bring my husband?! After that I would bring sunscreen because I burn and “Rum” just like Johnny Depp in the Pirates of the Caribbean!
  6. People would be surprised if they knew?
    1. I have six tattoos!
  7. Do you have a motto or personal mantra?
    1. Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.
  8. What did you want to be growing up?
    1. Veterinarian, I really like anything that is cute, little and fuzzy.
  9. If given the chance, who would you like to be for a day?
    1. My Papa! I would love to know what goes on in his head and what it is like to be him.
  10. If you won the lottery today, what would be the first thing you would buy?
    1. A house and then I would pay off my close family members’ houses too!

Employee Spotlight: Kimberly Peace

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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: Dave Wheeler

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  1. What brought you to work at Hoyle, Tanner?
    • I studied at the University of Vermont, and the concept for my senior design project was actually provided by Hoyle, Tanner, working on the Brattleboro Wastewater Treatment Facility upgrade. I invited Gene and Mike to our presentation at the end of the year, which was slightly intimidating when they sat down in the front row. Then on my last day of classes, the Burlington office posted a position online, and I applied immediately. I ended up getting the job and working on the Brattleboro project for real.
  2. What do you like most about working at Hoyle, Tanner?
    • In addition to great coworkers and the type of work that we do, I really like that our office is located in Burlington. I currently bike to work daily, rain, shine or snow. I also have an awesome view of Lake Champlain.
  3. Can you talk about a favorite memory here? Proudest moment?
    • There are a lot of things that stand out. It was obviously very rewarding to go from an internship to a fulltime position. Overall my time here has been a positive experience. I really enjoy being a part of the community that we serve.
  4. How do you spend your time outside of the office? Any favorite pastimes or family activities?
    • As I said before, I love to bike. In the winter, I go skiing almost every weekend and watch the Patriots. The summer is great for spending time out on the lake swimming and barbequing. There is great music to see year round, Burlington has a lot to offer.
  5. What is one thing you couldn’t live without?
    • I couldn’t live without other people, especially my wife.
  6. Tell me a random fact most people don’t know about you.
    • My wife and I just purchased our first house. We haven’t moved in yet, but we are very excited!
  7. Do you have a favorite quote or any words you live by?
    • The road to success is always under construction.
  8. Before working here, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
    • I worked in a factory making fenders for Corvettes after high school.
  9. Would you ever want to be famous? If so, for what?
    • I don’t think I would want to be a famous civil engineer. It seems like you only get famous in this field when something bad happens.
  10. If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?
    • Flying, so that I wouldn’t have to take the chairlift at the mountain anymore.

Employee Spotlight: Erica Haines

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  1. What brought you to work at Hoyle, Tanner?
    1. When I finished college, I really wanted to be in this area. It’s where I grew up before going to school in Burlington, Vermont. Hoyle, Tanner gave me my first job after graduating, and it was just a good fit.
  2. What do you like most about working at Hoyle, Tanner?
    1. I work for really great people.
  3. Can you talk about a favorite memory here? Proudest moment?
    1. No one thing stands out in particular… but I always really enjoy the Christmas parties!
  4. How do you spend your time outside of the office? Any favorite pastimes or family activities?
    1. I love to read – I’ll read anything – and travelling is also a passion of mine. My favorite place that I’ve visited so far is Jamaica, but I’d love to go to Hawaii some day soon.
  5. What is one thing you couldn’t live without and why?
    1. I couldn’t live without music. It doesn’t even matter what kind. Just like I’ll read anything, I listen to everything.
  6. Tell me a random fact most people don’t know about you.
    1. I’ve just started getting into photography, so that’s kind of a hidden talent.
  7. Before working here, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
    1. I worked at a garden center in Virginia Beach. It wasn’t that out-of-the-ordinary, I guess, but it was a nice experience that most people probably haven’t had.
  8. Would you ever want to be famous? If so, for what?
    1. Definitely not. I’m a private person, so I would not like the attention.
  9. If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?
    1. Flying would be pretty cool!

Employee Spotlight: Nichole Davis

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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: Matt O’Brien

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  1. What brought you to work at Hoyle, Tanner?
    • To be perfectly honest, it was kind of by chance. The 2008 economic crash played a big role in bringing me here. I was exploring new opportunities, and Hoyle, Tanner was the only firm hiring at the time. The fact that I would be working with aviation was also a huge plus, because it has really become my passion. I studied civil engineering in school and originally thought I’d end up doing heavy highway. This is much better, though, because the projects are bigger, more complex and require heavy machinery. I guess I share Tim Taylor’s motto fromHome Improvement: “More power!”
  2. What do you like most about working at here?
    • I love how laidback my department is. Everyone puts in the time and gets their work done, but people don’t try to keep tabs on one another. It’s a really good atmosphere.
  3. How do you spend your time outside of the office? Any favorite pastimes or family activities?
    • On the average night, you can find me and my wife vegging out on the couch. There’s always debate about what we want to watch (She chooses Oscar-winners, while I usually just want to see action-adventure movies likeSherlock Holmes), but since we’re getting ready for a new baby, we’re both very happy for the relaxation time. Other than that, one of my favorite things we do each year is a Labor Day camping trip with my sister-in-law and her husband. That’s always really fun.
  4. What is one thing you couldn’t live without and why?
    • I’ve never really had a good answer to this type of question. Other than basic necessities, I feel like I could pretty much give up anything if I needed to. However, I would definitely be sad to never eat freshly-baked cookies out of the oven again. That would make me upset.
  5. Tell me a random fact most people don’t know about you.
    • I’m kind of obsessed with compost. Part of my senior design project in college dealt with creating energy from compost, and ever since, I’ve been fascinated by it. I compost everything: yard clippings, leaves, food waste – you name it! I guess if someone didn’t know me, they may be surprised by that. Talk to me for a little while, though, and you’ll probably know more about me than you wanted to.
  6. Do you have a favorite quote or any words you live by?
    • I enjoy fortune cookies. I’m amazed how sometimes they are so accurate. There was one that said, “He who laughs, lasts.” It pretty much says, “Be happy and you’ll live a long life,” but it plays on the saying about the last one to laugh at a joke… Pretty deep for a fortune cookie.
  7. Before working here, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
    • I worked at Hannaford as a bagger/cart collector. It really wasn’t a terrible job, but it certainly showed me that I wanted to get an education so I would never have to do it again.
    • I worked as a meter reader for a power company for a while, too, and that job was pretty unique. I once had to read a meter for this massive house on Lake Sebago. It was one of those summer homes where the owners were never there. Naturally, I took the opportunity to eat lunch and go swimming on their beach [laughs]. The next house on my list was on this island that you could only reach by boat, so the company hadn’t read its meter for something like ten years. I ended up rolling up my pants and walking out to it on a sandbar, and I got a reading that really surprised my bosses… Still not sure whether they were happy or angry with me for that! Anyway, that was an unusual job.
  8. Would you ever want to be famous? If so, for what?
    • I think I’d like to be famous to a certain extent. I would never want to be movie star famous, having people follow me around or having to do interviews. I’d more like to be known for an accomplishment, you know? I would be happy with Matt O’Brien as a household name like Bill Gates… or even being on a product like Heinz. As long as the product wasn’t something really weird, I think that would be pretty cool.
  9. If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?
    • This is one I talked about a lot as a kid. Flying is obviously the best answer. It would also be really interesting to read minds, but flying would come first.

Employee Spotlight: Jill Semprini

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  1. What brought you to work at Hoyle, Tanner?
    • First, I really wanted to work in New Hampshire. I had worked in Boston for four years prior, and that was not a fun commute while living in Portsmouth. When a former colleague recommended Hoyle, Tanner and said it was the top firm to work for in the state, applying here just made sense.
  2. What do you like most about working at Hoyle, Tanner? (If he/she has been here for a number of years, add: What has kept you here so long?
    • I love the people! And the diversity of the work is great. You get to see smaller projects through from beginning to end, but you also have the larger, more complex projects to balance that out. Overall, it’s a good mix.
  3. Can you talk about a favorite memory here? Proudest moment?
    • I’ve only been here for a short time, so I’d like to think I’m still making memories! Check back with me in a few years, and I’ll let you know J
  4. How do you spend your time outside of the office? Any favorite pastimes or family activities?
    • I spend a lot of time during the week relaxing with my husband and my dog, Rambo. On the weekends, I read a lot (I love to read!) and will do yoga from time to time. My friends and I catch up over dinner often, too.
  5. What is one thing you couldn’t live without (& why)?
    • My sister gave me a ring for my birthday several years ago, and it happened to be her birthstone. I’ve always adored her birthstone, and I now cherish the ring.
  6. Tell me a random fact most people don’t know about you.
    • In general, I’m an open book. However, I do love Mandy Moore movies, which most people probably wouldn’t expect [laughs]. I don’t think she’s particularly a great actress, but there’s something about her movies that sucks me right in. My favorite isTangled – Even though it’s an animated move, I absolutely love it.
  7. Do you have a favorite quote or any words you live by?
    • Take deep breaths.” Sometimes I can get so frustrated, and I just have to remember to take deep breaths. It helps me calm down and put things into perspective.
  8. Before working here, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
    • I babysat a 3-year-old in college. He was too cute and super smart. He could tell you anything about animals, dinosaurs – you name it. Anything you told him, he would remember. It was really cool.
  9. Would you ever want to be famous? If so, for what?
    1. Yeah! Doesn’t everyone? I think it would be cool to discover something new. Something useful.
  10. If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?
    1. Being able to fly intrigues me a lot.

Employee Spotlight: Travis Gelinas

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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: Dan Marks

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Dan Marks, Environmental Engineer & All Around Good Guy

  1. What brought you to work at Hoyle, Tanner?
    1. When I started looking for a job in the industry, I was interested in working in Boston. Then I met Dave Edson in the MA office, and he pointed me toward Burlington. I’m glad it all worked out!
  2. What do you like most about working at Hoyle, Tanner?
    1. There are a couple of things. First, I’ve really grown to be interested in work that I never thought I could find interesting [laughs]. It turns out that wastewater treatment is a very important part of our social fabric. I also appreciate the flexibility that I’ve been afforded by my supervisors, and it’s been cool to have the unique experience of going from preliminary design right through construction. It’s a “soup to nuts” kind of job.
  3. Can you talk about a favorite memory here? Proudest moment?
    1. I was lucky to work on the Brattleboro Wastewater Treatment Facility Upgrade Project. The design took two years full of many late nights and strict deadlines. Then we went to construction and I got to see the new headworks building when it was completed. A whole new building standing on foundations – The lines that we drew on paper turned into that! It was one of those big ego moments.
  4. How do you spend your time outside of the office? Any favorite pastimes or family activities?
    1. My wife and I recently decided to start a farm on her folks’ land, so I split my time during the week between work and that project. Most of my time this spring is dedicated to building a greenhouse.
  5. What is one thing you couldn’t live without and why?
    1. There are a lot of things [laughs]. I would say friends and family first. A social support system is very important to me, which is part of the reason I recently moved back to Maine. And when I say friends and family, that includes my dog, Avena.
  6. Tell me a random fact most people don’t know about you.
    1. I’m pretty open, but it’s worth noting that I’m on the Board of Directors for the Rich Earth Institute based in Brattleboro. It’s an organization that aims to close the food nutrient loop through composting. If you get the chance, you should check it out! There’s some really interesting work going on there.
  7. Do you have a favorite quote or any words you live by?
    1. I can’t say that I necessarily do. My father used to always say, “Measure twice. Cut once.” I’ve never been very good at that [laughs].
  8. Before working here, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
    1. Working for Hoyle, Tanner has been my first “real” job, but I did teach English in Ecuador for a spell and spent some time volunteering in Haiti. My experience in Haiti was particularly enlightening. At one point, we were talking with a small community about building composting toilets there, and one of the men asked, “Do you use these kinds of toilets in the US?” That statement said a lot to me. First, it showed that these people wanted their lives to be like those in the US, which speaks to how much of an impact our culture has on others. More importantly, though, this man wanted to know if the toilets were good enough for people in the US – and if they weren’t, he wanted to know why they should be used in his community. This highlighted a disconnect for me between what we as Americans were encouraging there and how we actually lived at home. Essentially, it’s as if the US uses these 3rdworld countries as a venue for experimentation. Once I realized that, it completely changed my thinking. So, after a very long answer, I’d say that was the most interesting job I’ve had.
  9. Would you ever want to be famous? If so, for what?
    1. No, I’ve seen what happens to people who are famous. They go crazy! I would like to be known in my community just for being a good guy, though.
  10. If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?
    1. I’d want to be “equitable man” [laughs]. I wish I could blink my eyes and have everyone in the world be happy and healthy.

Employee Spotlight: Marisa DiBiaso

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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

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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!