I am the Human Resources Manager of a medium sized company in Tucson, AZ. I have three children. I spent twenty years in the US Navy, and I don't regret a minute of it. I got my degree while serving, and a significantly greater education working with a wide array of people from varying backgrounds and countries. I enjoyed working with people and felt that it was where I wanted to focus my second career, so I enrolled in a university and got a Human Resources Management certificate. I have been working in the field for more than 10 years now and I know I made the right choice. My focus as the human resources manager is to ensure that our company maintains compliance with all federal, state and local regulations, and at the same time treats all of its' employees in a consistent and fair manner. I spend a great deal of time studying and applying techniques to encourage employees to reach their greatest potential. The economic downturn has forced me to re-focus some of my efforts on achieving more with less, while at the same time maintaining morale and a "work-family" balance. I like to spend my time off participating in whatever current activity my kids are into. Currently, my youngest son is on a local LaCrosse team, so I enjoy going to his games and taking a lot of pictures. Photography is another hobby I enjoy. My beautiful daughter will soon be off to college. She has grown up quickly and I am very proud of her. She is maintaining good grades and working two jobs to earn her own spending money. I did most of my growing up in Southern California, where my brother and sister still live. I lived so many places while I was in the navy that it is hard to pin down what I consider my home, other than to say my home is where my kids are. My philosophy and goal is to seek quality in everything I do and to encourage others to do the same. I firmly believe if we accept mediocrity we are destined to be mediocre.