Katie Cothern - vp engineering - director of operations

Q&A Session: Katie Cothern

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.”