Tara Shamus
Territory Productivity Engineer
Sandvik Coromant Company
Pontiac, MI

"I am most proud of being selected as an honoree for the STEP Ahead Awards. I was a Pharmaceutical Sales Representative for eight years. I was excited about embracing new challenges and a new career path within the manufacturing sector. I am glad I made the move!”

Tara has shattered the stereotype that the company needs a veteran engineer with manufacturing experience to handle territory sales.  She demonstrates drive, determination, customer-focus, and passion which allow her to be successful.  She shows integrity in her approach to the job, and in her relationships with her customers.  She is committed to learning everything she can about how to help her team and her customers, and has transitioned smoothly to her new role.
Tara has a background in medical marketing and sales within the pharmaceutical industry. She was ready for a career change and happened across a posting via Facebook for an opening with the company. She arrived with no manufacturing experience, but has an exceptional drive to learn and succeed.  
Tara has worked extremely hard to gain the respect of her customers, her channel partners, and her peers through her abilities to understand and apply technical data, understand the customer needs and network with many people to make sure those needs are met.  She is instantly likable, isn't afraid to ask a question, is a "gifted networker", and is extremely hard-working.  Her success has opened up many eyes as to what is truly possible in the work environment when we remove our blinders and are open to all possibilities and ideas. 

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