What word best describes you?

Manufacuring Engineer/Owner
* at time of recognition

Vermeer Corporation/SW Designs LLC
* at time of recognition

Lives In
Rural Knoxville

Twin Cedars High School
Universal Technical Institute

Melcher-Dallas CSD Board
Melcher-Dallas City Council

Working in Marion County
The best part of working for Vermeer Corporation is the small town values in a company with a big global presence. Vermeer has always put an emphasis on promoting talent from within, and I wouldn’t be where I am today if that was not the case.
I started there as a temp in assembly. Fast forward 10 years, and now I manage our robotic programming team and work in automation. There were a lot of things in-between, but the advice I give on to teens below has everything to do with how I got to this position.

Living in Marion County
Endless activities. Marion County is home to a lot of great communities, all with their own identities. There are countless organizations to volunteer your time at, and you can go from getting that modern city feel at places like Peace Tree and One Eleven. Drive 10 minutes from any one of those places and find parks, places to hunt, fish, geocache and do anything else you would like to enjoy in the country.

Favorite Place to Relax
We just welcomed our third child to our family in November and I recently started a new business, so needless to say we don’t get out much! When we do, favorite places to eat in Marion County are Hootie’s, Casa Grande, and One Eleven. I also enjoy attending races at Knoxville Raceway, boating with my family at Lake Red Rock, and enjoying our little slice of heaven in rural Marion County.

Career Advice to Teens
Starting with your first job, no matter what it is: work hard, be humble, and have integrity. Be open to learning, and be open to change. Ask questions. Above all, ALWAYS be honest.

Class of 2020

Joel Cornilsen
Chief Operating Officer
Leighton State Bank
Cindi Fuller
Senior Manager, Tax
Megan Green
Counsel & Engineering Manager
Suzi Huizer
Registered Nurse in Infection Prevention
Knoxville Hospital & Clinics
Grace Neer
Housing Choice Voucher Coordinator
Low Rent Housing Agency of Knoxville
Brandon Nemmers
Parks & Recreation Director
City of Knoxville
Derek Sparks
District Store Director
Colin Van Kooten
Production Control Manager
Vermeer Corporation
Jessi Vos
Assistant Director
Pella Historical Society & Museums
Seth Williams
Manufacuring Engineer/Owner
Vermeer Corporation/SW Designs LLC