Originally hoping to be a neonatal intensive care nurse, Tammy Paul says she has always “loved babies” and “started college as a nursing major but changed after the biology classes started.” With her head for numbers and attention to detail, however, the nursing profession’s loss was the accounting field’s gain, Tammy, the Accounting Supervisor for Apollo MFG, is a self-described “Excel nerd” and the company’s undisputed “Spreadsheets and Inventory Queen.” She is determined to “make sure processes are followed” but flexible enough to see when procedures must be changed to improve the way things are done – a rare quality in a process enforcer!
Away from work, Tammy is focused on her three children, who, in her words “make me concentrate on the important things.” In return, they call her “Mom of the Year.” Her daughter “is all about cheerleading and gymnastics.” One son is a “bookworm who also loves soccer,” and the other “is starting baseball and loving it.” Her family, which includes two dogs – one “grumpy” and one “hyper” – “loves being outside in the summer” and “travels when we get the chance.” She also volunteers in her church, teaching Sunday school and participating in mission trips.
Tammy studied accounting at Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana as well as Purdue University and joined the Apollo team in 1999, where she has spent most of her more than 20-year accounting career. She got an early start in the working world by babysitting at age 11, but her “first real job” was at a nationally known closeout retailer. Despite her strict adherence to schedules, the best advice she ever received refers to one exception: “There will never be a ‘right time’ to have children.”