Employee Spotlight: Debra Perez
Debra “Debbie” Perez is Director of Office Operations at MPE. Her career with MPE spans 26 years and encompasses many momentous achievements and changes to the business.
She’s the person who runs the front office, makes us all laugh, and knows everyone’s name.
Quick facts about Debbie:
- Current role: Director of Office Operations
- Education: University of Illinois at Chicago alumna
- Hometown: Chicago
- Last grinder shipped to a customer: IMD 1052
- Best concert you’ve ever been to: Pink Floyd at Soldier Field
What were you doing before MPE?
I was doing tax preparation before coming to MPE.
What is the hardest skill to teach new hires?
The hardest skill to teach is that when you don’t know the answer—where to go to find the answer.
Favorite activies outside of work?
Spending time with my grandson is my favorite. After that reading and gardening are my second and third favorites.
When you retire someday, what do you want to spend the most time doing?
I would like to work as a plant nursery watering the flowers—no joke. I love flowers and the beauty they have.
Favorite celebrity chef?
Bobby Flay. I've read about his life and it's very inspiring. He's also a real chef first, and a celebrity second.
Best advice for anyone?
Turn your can’ts into cans and dreams into plans!