In an effort to show our friends and clients just what kind of company we are, it only seemed natural to ask for help from the people that know us best – our employees!
It takes a special kind of person to understand and adapt to the variety of personalities you’ll find at VP. Katie Cothern, our Director of Operations, has been with the company for over 8 years and is a seasoned pro when it comes to managing the different opinions and characteristics that go along with such a diverse group of individuals.
Katie has her own opinions about what makes VP Engineering so special. Take a look at her thoughts and learn a little bit about the woman who wears a “gazillion” different hats.
VP: How has VP helped in your career development:
Katie: “I have learned so much at VP. Starting as a receptionist and helping in accounting, I never would have imagined I would be where I am now! When others have faith in you and you have a good support system, the places you can go and things you can learn and accomplish are amazing.”
VP: What advice do you have for future VP employees?
Katie: “Work here. We’re awesome.”
VP: What are 3 words to describe VP?
Katie: “1 – Loyal. To both employees and clients. 2 – Hardworking. Employees put in the time and effort to get work completed to make sure deadlines are met. 3 – Pranksters. Always know if you are going out of town for vacation or having a big birthday coming up, you will return to something! Would I do something to someone? Me? Maybe…”
VP: How has the company changed since you first arrived at VP?
Katie: “The company has grown! When I first started here there were around 8 employees. We are now up to 28. It has been amazing to watch the company grow and transform into what it is today.”
VP: What is your favorite thing about working at VP?
Katie: “My favorite part about working here is that I LIKE working here. Of course there are days that you may want to stay at home and be lazy but I have never had a day that didn’t want to come to the office because I didn’t like being here.”
VP: What is your personal philosophy?
Katie: “It changes by the day. I print out memes that mean something to me and I hang them up in my office. Some are encouraging like “A strong woman looks a challenge dead in the eye and gives it a wink.” Then there are some like “if Monday had a face, I would punch it.” Depends on my mood I guess.”
VP: How do you define success?
Katie: “Success is defined by those around you. Your work, your friends, and your family. As long as your surround yourself with good people, you will be successful.”
VP: What are your most overused words/phrases?
Katie: “I am told that I exaggerate a lot. Like a gazillion times a day.”