Tom’s Accomplishment: A Brief Interview with Excellence

April 18, 2019

We connected with Tom Henning, a senior air quality engineer* based in the Sheboygan, Wisconsin office. He won an employee recognition award for his accomplishment.

At SEH, we recognize employees through our Act of Excellence program. In it, employees can be nominated for excellence in one of three categories: Accomplishment, Character or Innovation. Tom won an Act of Excellence award for Accomplishment because of his exceptional management and technical leadership skills.

1. What does the word “accomplishment” mean to you? (Five or fewer words if possible)

Accomplishment means to me that you expended significant effort to achieve a goal.

2. What does success mean to you?

Someone who sets goals and works hard to achieve them. One can’t have success without some sweat and determination.

3. What about “air quality” projects do you like most? And why?

I like two aspects of air quality projects.  First, the projects benefit everyone by achieving better quality air that we all breathe. Secondly, I like the complexity of the projects.  Air quality regulations are notoriously complex. And why?  I like the challenge.

4. What words of advice do you have for others starting their career?

Watch for good opportunities, then aggressively pursue them.

5. If you had to choose only three adjectives to describe yourself, which would you choose?

This is a tough one to answer. I would have to choose motivated, enthusiastic and genuine.

6. If you could win an Olympic medal for any sport, real or fake, what would it be?

I’d win the Marathon.  I have such high admiration for marathoners that dedicate years of their lives to accomplish this goal.

* Registered Professional Engineer in WI, MN, IA, NE, IN, HI, AR, PA

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