People powering Volvo Penta: Lisa Earman’s inspiration to work

Aiming to shine a spotlight on team members who are fueling the success of our organization, and the business of our valued partners through hard work and dedication.

Lisa Earman’s role as a Purchasing Systems Coordinator provides her with the opportunity to create value not only for customers and suppliers, but also her colleagues. She began her career with Volvo Penta in 1999 as a Material Planner, and later joined the purchasing department in 2007.  Shortly after this transition, she took on more responsibility as an aftermarket parts and accessories buyer – allowing our customers to keep boating, operating machinery and supporting the profitability of Volvo Penta parts.

What inspires you to come to work each day?

“Volvo Penta is really a great place to work. The advocacy for sustainability and supporting women’s professional empowerment really makes this an inspiring company to be employed with. They actively works towards creating a more sustainable future, which is important to me personally because I want my children to enjoy this world as it should be. Not only environmentally, but socially as well. Knowing that this global culture promotes diversity and empowerment, and supports me as an individual, is a big inspiration to come in to work every day.

How do you try to make a difference?

“I feel like I am able to make a big difference both externally and internally, even if it is indirect. My responsibilities have an effect on our customers, and also my colleagues. Part of my job as a Systems Coordinator requires a great amount of cross functional collaboration so I can help our customers, suppliers and my team succeed. It has been a great opportunity for me to create value in everything I do.  

Which one of the Volvo Group values resonates with you most and why?

“I’ve been here almost 20 years, and something I have noticed that helps our company progress is the value of change. Without it, an organization cannot continue to innovate. Volvo Penta is such a forward thinking company with the level of change and innovation we bring to the market place, and I am already looking forward to see what the future will hold for electromobility, automation and connectivity.

Tell us something about yourself that colleagues may not know or might find interesting.

“I am a thrifting and antiquing junky! For me, repurposing is another way to give back. New isn’t always better, so when I see older items that may end up in a landfill, it gives me a lot of joy to rethink what its purpose could be. This is a way that I can exercise both creativity and sustainability, so they can be re-used instead of being so easily discarded.”

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