Employee Spotlight: Lori Abney

EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT: Lori Abney

avid golfer and proud Habitat for Humanity supporter…

The Vesta Employee Spotlight is dedicated to our extraordinary coworkers who exemplify the true values of Vesta.

Meet Lori, a Consultant from Beaumont, Texas who joined the Vesta North America team just one year ago. Prior to Vesta, Lori was a Business Process Owner for Huntsman Performance Products.

Lori’s passion to build housing through Habitat for Humanity for those near and abroad empowers us to help our neighbors in need, and that is why we dedicated this Vesta Employee Spotlight post to her.

Get to know Lori Abney:

Family Life:

I have one son, he’s 15 and is such a joy. He participates in band and basketball.

Most interesting place you have visited:

Vietnam

One thing you can’t live without:

I think it is Amazon Prime, not only the free one/two day shipping but I am enjoying the original television programming (when I get a chance that is).

Favorite type of food:

I’m a dairy girl: cheese, yogurt, & ice cream.

Favorite quote:

“It’s okay, just get up & rub some dirt in it.”

Favorite sports team(s):

Detroit Lions, Detroit Tigers

Hobbies:

Golf

Top 3 things on your bucket list:

White Water Rafting, my second half marathon, & learning a second language.

Community Involvement:

My passion is Habitat for Humanity. I have helped locally on and off over the years but about four years ago I was introduced to the Global Village program and haven’t looked back. I have participated on four global builds since and plan on many, many more. I have been blessed by the families and people of the Mekong Delta in Vietnam, who with so little will give whatever they have and are so welcoming, friendly, and happy despite the poverty and pain that affects them daily. In Nicaragua they live with the threat of Earthquakes, Hurricanes, and Volcanos all in an area that is only the size of our State of Virginia. In the village we built in, most people of that village have never had the opportunity to leave the village and just received water four years ago but only for about two days a week for a couple hours. Trinidad and Tobago is a lesson on how fast industry and easy money can change a people and when it’s gone, have left the residence without the skills to support themselves again. My most recent trip to Argentina was a blessing like all the trips. I truly believe I receive more from the people, culture, and fellow teammates than I can possibly ever give back. I support habitat because without a safe place for children to study, for parents to rest, for families to call home, there is less and less ability for them to help themselves and their neighbors. When given the tools, knowledge, and support these families blossom in place and become role models and volunteers in their communities.

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Employee Spotlight: Calvin Fidler

EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT: Calvin Fidler

Extraordinary climber, dedicated Cancer Research supporter…

The Vesta Employee Spotlight is dedicated to our extraordinary coworkers who exemplify the true values of Vesta.

Meet Calvin Fidler, a Senior Consultant from Jackson Hole, Wyoming who joined the Vesta North America team over 5 years ago. Prior to Vesta, Calvin was a Director of SAP R&D for a “Powered by SAP NetWeaver” product (the Peak Automation control).

Calvin’s continuous involvement and support of cancer research inspires us all, and that is why we dedicated this Vesta Employee Spotlight post to Mr. Fidler.

Get to know Calvin Fidler:

Family Life:

Daughter, Danea Fidler the Artist (see painting above)

Most interesting place you have visited:

At my peak traveling, I filled up 2 passports (with extra pages) in just 15 years. Not many places I haven’t been. I go to Fontainebleau France every year for rock climbing and Switzerland for mountain biking. Thailand last year for SCUBA diving was amazing. Istanbul Turkey (work) was very interesting, but by far the most interesting was Russia. The difference in culture and the warmth of the people is amazing. 

One thing you can’t live without:

My TV. But can’t figure out how to turn it on.

Favorite type of food:

If you know me you know the answer. Sushi from the Sushi den! The best Sushi restaurant in the world and I have been to most!

Favorite quote:

There are two:

Thomas Jefferson “I have nothing but contempt for anyone who can spell a word only one way”

Albert Einstein “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.”

Favorite sports team(s):

I don’t watch sports, I do sports. I have a TV but lost the remote about seven months ago and can’t figure out how to turn it on.

My favorite athlete: Alex Puccio (The Beast) a world cup rock climber that I climb with at the Heart and Souls climbing completion every year to benefit cancer research.

Last book you read:

Steven Hawking’s Black Holes and baby universe. It’s a typical Hawking book, seams to be simple. While you are reading, you think that you get it, but when you are asked to explain it…. Ammmm Ammmmmm!

I am currently reading “The Plastic Coated Leaf” by Robert Watts Jr. A book of short stories and poems. We have all sat next to some wild character on a plane to or from somewhere. A few months ago I sat next to Robert on a flight, WOW! Ex NFL football player, Boston College football hall of fame and Doctor Psy.D.

 

Hobbies:

This falls into two categories, sports and home stuff.

Sports: Rock climbing, mountain biking, skiing, running, adventure racing, kayaking and SCUBA diving.

Home: Wood working and my 3200 sq. foot vegetable garden (Food for the year).

Favorite TV Shows:

I lost my remote years ago (Sports)

Top 3 things on your bucket list:

I have climbed Denali in Alaska and a lot of the big peaks in the Canadian Rockies like Robson and Edith Cavell. I did the nose of El Capitan (With ropes not like Alex Honnold) I have traveled the world for work and fun. The only thing remaining is to walk the Camino Santiago de Compostela.

Community Involvement:

For the past 4 years I have been competing and donating to a climbing competition for cancer research. It is run by Fred Hutchinson cancer research center and is called Hears and Souls climbing competition. This event is put on by my small local climbing gym in Colorado and raises about $15k per year for cancer research. There are big cooperate sponsors donating $2k to $3K each. But the majority of the donations are from the local climber.

We have all been affected by cancer in one form or another (friends, loved ones or even our self’s). Its only money and I have made a point over the past few years to be the largest donor, hoping that it will encourage others to donate as well. Last year Vesta was a cooperate sponsor and helped with the donation – Thanks to all of you!

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Employee Spotlight: Bill Busath

EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT: Bill Busath

Helping Refugees Assimilate into American Society…

The Vesta Employee Spotlight is dedicated to our extraordinary coworkers who exemplify the true values of Vesta.

Meet Bill Busath, a Senior Consultant from Monument, CO, who joined the Vesta North America team after completing a two-year CRM Implementation project with our sister company, /N SPRO.  Prior to that Bill was self-employed as an SAP Technical Consultant. It didn’t take long for our management team to learn about Bill’s admirable community involvement, and that is why we dedicated our first Vesta Employee Spotlight post to Mr. Busath.

Get to know Bill Busath:

Family Life:

  • Wife – Kara
  • 5 kids: Thomas 21, Ben 18, Hope 15, Annie 15, Maren 13
  • 1 Dog – Scout

Most interesting place you have visited:

We adopted our daughter Hope from Ghana.  The most interesting place I have been is the school/orphanage where she lived.  Spending a couple of weeks there working with those wonderful children was one of the best experiences of my life.  My wife is a teacher, and she spent 7 weeks over two different visits there teaching in the school and working on our adoption.  She agrees it was a life-changing experience.

One thing you can’t live without:

My cell phone

Favorite type of food:

Depends on the day.  Maybe Thai?

Favorite quote:

Continuous improvement is better than delayed perfection” – Mark Twain

Favorite sports team(s):

Colorado Avalanche (yes, even in years when they’re the worst team in the NHL), Utah Jazz, Denver Broncos, BYU football and basketball, Air Force football and hockey

Last book you read:

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

Hobbies:

  • Mountain biking
  • Ice hockey
  • Skiing
  • Running
  • Watching my kids play sports
  • Travel
  • Reading

Favorite TV Shows:

Arrested Development, Breaking Bad

Top 3 things on your bucket list:

  1. Visit all seven continents
  2. Climb as many Colorado 14ers as I can
  3. Complete an Ironman triathlon

Community Involvement:

My wife and I run an English language learning program for refugees in Colorado Springs.  We started as cultural mentors for refugees who were being resettled in the area, helping them learn how to ride the bus, use money, go to the store, run the appliances in their apartments, etc.  We quickly realized the need for English classes to help them progress more quickly in their assimilation into American society.  We started small, but the classes have grown larger and larger through word of mouth.  We now have volunteers teaching three levels of English classes, which my wife develops the curriculum for and supervises. My son and I teach a GED preparation class for some of the refugees who have been here a while longer and have jobs, but hope to improve their job prospects with a high school degree.  My daughters and their friends provide childcare for the children of our students during the classes.  We have about 30-35 adults and 15-18 children from Africa, Iraq and Colombia attending our weekly classes, along with about 12 regular volunteers.  We feel very strongly about helping out the refugees in our area and feel our lives have been greatly enriched by working with them.

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