Our Employee Highlight today features HR Manager, Debbie Johnson. Debbie has been with Excellance for 8 years and we decided it was a great time to ask her about her experiences this far.

Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do at Excellance.

Debbie: I am the Human Resources Manager for Excellance, Inc. I am a “HR Department of One”, so I do everything: employee relations, benefits management, recruiting, training, and a host of miscellaneous projects.

You recently celebrated your eight year anniversary at Excellance. What have you gained in that time?

Debbie: All of my other positions have been with government agencies or the public sector where the rules are cut-and-dried. This is my first position in the private sector where the rules aren’t quite so rigid, so I’ve had to learn to be a bit more flexible.

Pictured: Debbie with her grandchildren, Claire & Finn

What advice do you have for prospective Excellance candidates?

Debbie: This is your one and only opportunity to make a good first impression, so always present yourself in the best possible light!

Before working at Excellance, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?

Debbie: I worked in the US Embassy in Egypt for two years, where I supervised about 75 Egyptian nationals. The work culture there is very different from the US!

Tell us about your best vacation?

Debbie: That’s a tough question, because I’ve visited many different countries and they’ve all been special in their own way. However, I am a big history buff, so I thoroughly enjoyed visiting the United Kingdom.

If given a chance, who would you like to be for a day?

Debbie: Right now? Honestly, no one! I am happily enjoying life, especially my new role as a grandmother!

If you had to eat one meal, every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Debbie: Without a doubt, it would be lasagna! I love Italian food! And it’s got all of the food groups covered!

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