Meet Julie Ziebold, one of our Senior Project Managers based in our Golden, CO, office. With almost three decades of brewing industry experience, Julie is a talented project manager and process engineer. She makes a difference for our clients every day, and we are honored to have her on our team! Three words to describe Julie: energetic, detail-oriented, and committed. Read our latest Employee Spotlight – 20 Questions below.
How long have you been with LSI?
Almost five years.
What is your role at LSI?
I’m a Project Manager, but I also do some process engineering when needed.
Where did you go to college?
I graduated from the Missouri University of Science and Technology with a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering.
What industries have you been involved in?
Primarily the food and beverage industry and specifically our brewing clients. I’ve also worked in the specialty chemical industry.
What is your area of expertise?
Project Management – I enjoy jumping into a project and figuring out how to efficiently execute the work, making sure to keep the overall plan in mind from a schedule, cost and deliverable standpoint.
What platforms are you familiar with?
My projects have included Rockwell Automation ControlLogix, legacy PLC-5, Siemens PCS7, and ProLeiT brewmaxx platform.
What has been your favorite project at LSI?
I was part of a small team that met with one of our brewing clients, and we did the entire conceptualization of design and total installed cost. Essentially, we performed the whole front-end process of getting a project approved while we were at the customer site.
What is your proudest moment at LSI?
Partnering with a new LSI colleague who is a brewing expert and putting together a very detailed and well-thought-out proposal for one of our brewing customers who was ready to re-start a postponed project. The client came to us looking for a detailed execution plan that would meet their schedule and deliverable date. We were awarded the work.
What sets LSI apart as an employer?
The way we operate with a “small company” culture. It’s very personal, and I have many opportunities to grow along with access to great teachers. Our profit-sharing plan is also an excellent benefit.
What sets LSI apart as a system integrator?
Our willingness to offer solutions that are the best fit for the client. We train our people on multiple platforms, demonstrating our unbiased approach. Like our slogan says, LSI listens. We don’t push a particular platform or design, and we don’t oversell the project. Long-term relationships and building partnerships are more important than profitability on any single project — we are in it for the duration.
What are three ways or words that you would use to describe LSI?
Dedication, Partnership, and Experience.
What is one thing that clients may not know about LSI that you would like to share?
We do a lot more than programming and electrical design and controls. We can offer an entire project solution. We have people with process expertise, project managers, and construction managers, as well as fabrication capabilities. If we don’t have the right resource, we have partners who can help.
Long-term client relationships are a hallmark of LSI. Why is that?
We are transparent with our clients, and our focus is on long-term vs. short-term profitability.
We work with clients to get the right resource for their projects.
How has LSI helped you in your career development?
LSI has helped me get back in touch with process design and the importance of going out and doing detailed planning and commissioning of a project vs. only high-level project planning. As a result, I’ve been able to get involved in many different processes and products that I hadn’t seen before.
What advice do you have for prospective LSI candidates?
LSI has a culture where people care about you as an individual, and you can chart your own career development path. Your path isn’t going to fall into a silo as it could in a bigger company that doesn’t have the flexibility that we do. If you want to work with people who are always willing to pitch in and help you succeed in an environment with camaraderie, consider LSI.
How do you like to spend your free time?
I spend most of my free time attending my kid’s sporting events and I try to get outside and enjoy Colorado as much as I can.
What is your favorite vacation spot?
There’s a reason I live in Colorado, but I also enjoy visiting family and the beaches in Florida.
Your favorite sports team?
St. Louis Cardinals
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Any random facts about yourself that you could share with us?
I started working in the beer industry when I was 19 years old.