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Triune Employee Spotlight

At Triune Specialty Trailers, we pride ourselves on quality craftsmanship, customer service, and the knowledge base and integrity of our team. In this issue, we’d like to spotlight two of our newest members to the Triune family: Libby Schudel and Paige Vanderhyden.

 

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Libby Schudel, Business Development Manager

Libby Schudel
Business Development Manager

Q. What is your role at Triune?
A. My role is to increase awareness of Triune as a premier designer and manufacturer of specialized transportation solutions for almost any business, commercial, or military objective.


Q. What is your background experience?
A. I have nineteen years as a proposal manager and client relations specialist with an engineering and manufacturing company in the metropolitan Detroit area. Ninety nine percent of our business was as a Tier Two supplier to the top defense contractors in the United States.  


Q. What do you hope to achieve at Triune?
A. I hope to develop business in several industries, including command centers for defense, experiential learning in STEM, portable labs for health clinics and mobile marketing for increased brand recognition.


Q. Do you have any favorite Triune projects?
A. I love the American Welding Society Trailer with the simulated welding machines that test welding accuracy. The trailer includes a “History of Welding” museum with welded artifacts.

Q. If you could build a trailer, how would you build it and what would it be for?
A. I would build a trailer that can take care of Veterans on all their Health issues. Probable a Mobile Health Trailer, with staff to accommodate mental Health issues.

Q. How did you get into manufacturing?

A.  I was asked by a friend if I wanted to help him grow his company. I believed in him and signed on in 1990. By 2009, the company had over 400 employees.

Q. Where did you go to college?  

A.  Denison University, transferred to and graduated from University of Michigan.

Q.  If you could visit one country, which would it be and why?

A.  Switzerland, because my family is from there. I also want to see the pristine nature of the country.

Q. Who would you have for dinner, dead or alive?  

A.  Martin Luther King, Jr. Barbara Kingsolver (author), Ronald Reagan, Jane Goodall, Cary Grant, Rachael Carson, Gandhi.

Q.  What’s your favorite book and why?

A.  Lonesome Dove, By Larry McMurtry. I felt like I was living the story, not reading it. I did not want the story to end, and I rarely feel that way at the end of a story.

Q. What’s something most people don’t know about you?  

A.  I have sailed in five Mackinac Races and won the first Mackinac I participated in.

 

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Paige Vanderhyden, Mobile Education Outreach

Paige Vanderhyden
Mobile Education Outreach

Q. What is your role at Triune?
A. In my role, I work to establish and maintain relationships with educators, foundations, employers, legislators, economic development groups, provider organizations, media and the general public to develop and support Triune Specialty Trailers’ outreach and education efforts

Q. What is your background experience?
A. Prior to Triune, I was employed for 23 years at Joliet Junior College in Joliet, IL. My previous position was director of workforce development, which entailed connecting with a wide scope of community partners to provide programs and services. In addition, I wrote and managed grants. I also served for over 18 years as a school board member.


Q. What do you hope to achieve at Triune?
A. I hope to create further awareness in the field of education on the diverse, mobile education experience Triune Specialty Trailers can provide. Whether it is professional development for teachers, additional classroom space, or experiental learning for students, Triune can meet the needs of educators. Ultimately, Triune would like to create a mobile STEM experience available for all students through the creation of a fleet of trailers designed for STEM professional development and experiential learning.


Q. Do you have any favorite Triune projects?
A. I think the re-purposed shipping containers are unique.  Any time we can re-use and recycle what is no longer needed, and in this case is readily available with a large supply, it’s a win-win for the economy and environment.


Q. If you could build a trailer, how would you build it and what would it be for?
A. Awareness for heart disease which is the number cause of death among women, surpassing breast cancer.  The trailer could be bright red to capture everyone’s attention.  Basic screenings to assess risk for heart disease would be provided along with factors contributing to heart disease and prevention tips.


Q. Where did you go to college?
A. Currently attending Ferris State University’s Doctorate of Education in Community College Leadership program in Big Rapids, MI.  Expected completion date is Spring 2017.  Earned two associate degrees from Joliet Junior College, Joliet, IL, and a Bachelor of Science in Professional Arts and a Master of Science in Training and Development from the University of St. Francis, Joliet, IL.


Q. Who would you have for dinner, dead or alive?
A. (Alive) Without a doubt, my three children:  Abbie (22), Jay (20) and Mark (18).  I love spending time with my kids; they always make me laugh!


Q. What’s something most people don’t know about you?
A. I used to work in an office for private investigators.