At Punch Through, we encourage everyone to proudly be themselves and want you to know the people behind the work that we’re so proud of. That’s why we launched our “Meet the Team” series, where we introduce you to one of our team members each month.
Meet Tina, Administrative Assistant, who, well, assists in the day-to-day operations of our office — or, as Tina herself puts it, “I basically make everyone’s lives easier.” When not helping ensure that the office is running smoothly, you can find Tina taking photos (with film, we should add) and developing her own negatives at home. She’s got quite the setup. She also enjoys knitting, seeing live music, adding to her respectably-sized vinyl collection, and reading too many books at once.
What were you doing before working at Punch Through?
Prior to Punch Through, I had just clocked in over 20 years in retail — something I got into while going to Western Technical College in La Crosse, WI, for Retail Management and Marketing. Not that I didn’t enjoy working in that industry. I had the pleasure of working at an independent record store for about 13 years, where I was a manager for a decade. I also worked for a larger retail corporation for 7 years, and then I decided that I wanted to change career paths. I was looking for something more structured, and that’s when I happened upon this opportunity.
What is your favorite thing about Punch Through culture?
My favorite part of Punch Through’s culture would have to be its values. They’re not just words on the wall; the company actually practices those values and wholeheartedly believes in them. You don’t find a lot of companies that put their money where their mouth is, so to speak. One value in particular that really stands out is, People aren’t defined by title or education. That really resonated with me, and it made the transition into a new career path much easier.
Tell me a story about your most memorable moment while working at Punch Through
My first week has probably been the most memorable so far. Naturally, I was nervous and didn’t know what to expect. With Punch Through placing a lot of importance on its culture, my first few days were all about learning the vibe of the office and getting to know the people I’d be working with. Then a couple of days later, someone comes up to my desk and tells me, “You know, you don’t always have to be working. You can step away.” It was such a new concept for me, working for a company and in an environment designed for freedom and flexibility. You don’t always get that at other companies.
What cool or rewarding things do you get to do on a regular basis?
I like helping people, and that’s my job. So, that would have to be the most rewarding thing I get to do on a regular basis. Honestly, helping makes me feel joy. Some people might find certain aspects of my job mundane, but they aren’t for me. Who wouldn’t want to head to the liquor store to fill a beer fridge? Or, organize activities that people actually enjoy? That’s truly rewarding.
What is the most valuable part of your work to you on a personal level?
The most valuable part of my job is, hands down, the experience I’m gaining. My brain is suited for administrative stuff, and I don’t know if I would’ve realized how much l like this type of work if it weren’t for this opportunity. This place is the ideal breeding ground for growth and learning, and that’s definitely what I’m experiencing now. They make it a priority.
What is different about Punch Through versus other places you have worked?
Literally, everything is different about Punch Through versus the other places I’ve worked. But transparency has probably been the biggest difference. The company makes sure everyone is on the same page. They make sure we all understand what’s going on, which I would’ve liked at previous employers. Providing those on the team with relevant information just helps everyone do their jobs.
Interested in Joining Our Team?
To meet more of the Punch Through Team, read these interviews:
Meet the Team – Karel Kalthoff – Firmware/Software Engineer
Meet the Team – Louis Barrett – Engineering Intern, Summer 2019
Meet the Team – Erin Moore – Hiring Coordinator and Office Manager
Meet the Team – Alec Letourneau – Software Engineer
Meet the Team – Andy Lee – Senior Embedded Engineer
Meet the Team – Amanda Nguyen – Embedded Engineer
Meet the Team – Gretchen Walker – Mobile Software Engineer
Meet the Team – Charlie Kellerman – Hardware Engineer
Meet the Team – Chee Yi Ong – Senior Mobile Software Engineer
Meet the Team – Henry Anfang – Embedded Engineer
Meet the Team – Ryan Kornetzke – Embedded Engineer
Meet the Team – Julian Hays – Mobile Software Engineer
Meet the Team – Tyler Cadman – Senior Embedded Engineer
Meet the Team – Bret Hassler – Principal Firmware Engineer
Meet the Team – Emily Hinderaker – Marketing Specialist
Meet the Team – Ashish Derhgawen – Mobile Software Engineer
Meet the Team – Elaine Skaare – Project Manager
Meet the Team – Tia Hannes – Associate Software Engineer
Meet the Team – Matt Dunham – Principal Systems & RF/Hardware Engineer
Meet the Team – Matt Kruger – Senior Embedded Software Engineer
Meet the Team – Tyler Grunenwald – Firmware/Software Engineer
Meet the Team – Alex Bourdage – Associate Software Engineer
About the Blog Series…
Great culture builds great products. Some of the ways culture is expressed at Punch Through are through authenticity, autonomy, and experience. The individuals at Punch Through not only build great products, but they are the culture. The individual team members aren’t defined by their past or title. They’re encouraged to be true to themselves, learn from each other, and grow professionally and personally.
It’s essential to get to know the people behind the projects and to understand how culture plays a vital role in everything we do. To help get inside the heads of the genius behind the brand, we’re launching a “Meet the Team” blog post series. Each post will feature one of our talented team members where you can get to know them on a bit more personal level, and see how their contributions make Punch Through what it is today.