In our Employee Highlight, we have Project Manager Lisa Barfield. Lisa just celebrated nine years at Excellance this week, and we decided it was a great time to ask her about her experiences this far.
How did you first learn about Excellance?
LISA: I had been looking for another job after having worked at a juvenile corrections facility for 10 years. I was ready for and needed a change from that environment. I answered an ad in the newspaper for a Project Manager position here at Excellance; was interviewed but didn’t get that position. A short time later, I was called back to interview for an Executive Administrative Assistant position and was hired. I couldn’t have been more excited! I had to give a one-month notice at my current job so I began at Excellance then had to train my replacement in the evening for two weeks. That was challenging but so worth it!
Tell us about your first day at Excellance. What was your position and what was you feeling that day?
LISA: I began as Executive Administrative Assistant for the sales department. I was nervous, as to be expected, but excited about a new chapter in my life. After 7 months, a Project Manager position became available and I was promoted. I enjoy being a Project Manager. Yes, the work can be very challenging and stressful at times but at the end of the day, I am still proud of where I work and the people I work with.
Three words to best describe you.
LISA: Introverted, considerate, detailed.
What do you find most challenging about your job?
LISA: Chassis. I continue to learn new features; what can be done, what can’t be done.
You just celebrated your nine year anniversary at Excellance. What have you gained in that time?
LISA: I have gained a better understanding of emergency services in general and have a great respect for all emergency responders. I never knew or even thought about how ambulances and fire trucks were built and since working here, I am still fascinated at the whole process. I am proud to tell people where I work.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
LISA: Early on, I always wanted to be a secretary because I enjoyed writing and paperwork, go figure! Then I wanted to be a child psychologist to help children who were going through hard times and just be someone to talk to. Once I started working at the juvenile corrections facility that quickly changed. It was tough hearing what the kids had been through and had witnessed. Going back to ambulances, when I was in the 4th grade, every time we heard an ambulance go by the school, the teacher would stop what she was doing and we would say a prayer. We would pray for the person or persons being helped and for the emergency responders. To this day, I still do that. It makes it more special now in my position after knowing and working with so many emergency responders as our customers.
What would people never guess that you do in your role?
LISA: Drive an ambulance! It has surprised people that I can hop in one, no matter the size, and feel comfortable. Usually it is to move it from one building to the next, but I did have the opportunity a few years ago to deliver a unit to one of our customers in North Carolina. It was one of the larger four-door trucks and loved every minute of it.