In this month’s Meet the Team Q&A, we’re excited to profile project manager Lee Davis. We couldn’t speak more highly of Lee both personally and professionally. When she’s not solving problems and making things happen for our customers, she’s at home chasing around her almost four-year-old son, and taking home the title of Mom of the Year. Fun fact: Lee is also expecting her second child in June!
Let’s meet this supermom one-on-one.
Q: How did you get started in the lighting industry?
LD: My lifelong dream was always to become a nurse, but while working towards that goal, my good friend Shawna let me know SDLA was hiring a receptionist. I got the job, fell in love with the industry, and my career path officially changed forever. It’s safe to say SDLA has had a huge impact on my life since the day I started. I have worked my way up since my first role here, but that role allowed me to see the whole picture more clearly. Now my heart is set on going back to school for business while continuing my career here.
Q: What’s the most rewarding part of your job?
LD: Every day is a new challenge. There is always a new problem that needs to be solved, which keeps me learning and constantly on my toes. Culturally, SDLA is like a big family. Heck, Kristin is like a second mom to me. I just think it’s so cool that everyone works as a team inside and outside the office. For me, there is truly nothing better than when we all come together to solve a problem.
Q: You mentioned there’s a funny common misconception about your name. What’s that?
LD: Yes! In this digital age, there are a ton of people I only interface with via email. I have a very gender-neutral nickname, so people always have this perception that I’m a man! Well, I’m here to dispel the myth. I am 100%, woman! People usually find out when at some point I end up hopping on the phone with them or meet them in person, and they are often shocked by hearing my sweet-toned feminine voice. It’s always a kick. Someone called me once to chat and when I answered the phone they immediately exclaimed, “Oh my god, you’re a woman!”. So now I just sign all my emails Mrs. Lee Davis to avoid any confusion.
Q: What is your most memorable project?
LD: My most memorable project is ironically the first one I became involved with as a project manager. This project was called “Lilly Biotechnology Center,” and it had a multitude of challenges that needed to be resolved. While it was a tough nut to crack, solving those issues brought my customer and I closer together, and I was excited to build that relationship. In the end, all the stress of it paid off, and I will always remember that project.
Q: As 2018 approaches, is there anything work-related you are looking forward too?
LD: I am just excited to see how SDLA will continue to grow and evolve. Receiving new projects really excites me…they can be from any manufacturer. I just love to learn new things and solve new problems, and I am sure 2018 will bring plenty of that. I like to think I have an open mind, so whatever is in-store, I am sure it will be fun.