Vice President – Marine Sales, Volvo Penta of the Americas, LLC
Education: B.A. in Education – University of Iowa; JD – University of Iowa College of Law.
Years in the marine industry: Over 25
Companies you have worked for in the marine industry and titles you held within those companies: Genmar Holdings – Assistant General Counsel, Vice President of Operations and Senior Vice President of Operations 1996-2004. Volvo Penta of the Americas – Vice President and General Counsel, Vice President – Dealer and Consumer Relations, Vice President – Diesel Sales Operations and Vice President of Marine Sales (2005- present)
What are some of the biggest lessons you have learned working in the marine industry? That success in the marine industry is directly related to the scope and quality of your relationships. Being actively involved with NMMA, ABYC and the U.S. Coast Guard has both expanded my network and introduced me to my closest friends. Many of us have been in the marine industry for years, but working for different companies along the way. Old Genmar colleagues are now my Volvo Penta customers.
How do you hope to inspire other women in the marine industry? Hopefully, in two different ways: 1) By my longevity. Despite the cyclical nature of the business, the marine industry can offer a “lifetime” career of great opportunities and experiences; 2) That great opportunities exist for women within even the largest corporations within the marine industry. You don’t have to be in a small family-run business to have a seat at the table of power.
What advice do you have for women starting their careers in the marine industry? Become a subject matter expert. Information is powerful, and you can earn credibility quickly by having a working knowledge of a relevant area with a willingness to share your expertise.
What is your favorite place to go boating? Our summer cabin in Northern Minnesota or flats fishing near Pine Island, Florida.