Our YPS360 Highlight for February is Erin Portman! She has been manager of International Ground Source Heat Pump Association (IGSHPA) for the past six years. She is a former Red Cross Board Member and current United Way Campaign Chair. Erin has had numerous career recognitions for her professional work and is constantly creating a positive impact in her community.
Job description: As the manager of IGSHPA, I provide day-to-day operational leadership including budget management and human resource needs, serve as the staff liaison between the IGSHPA Board of Directors and IGSHPA staff, enhance IGSHPA working relationships with international chapters and industry partners, manage budgets for training, marketing, and conference programs, and represent IGSHPA on CEAT Outreach Council, while also overseeing marketing and conference planning for the association.
First Job out of school: Editorial Assistant/Circulation Manager at Limousine World Cattle Magazine
Career Highlights: 2019 Stillwater Leader Under 40 recipient; Geothermal Steering Committee Member; industry representative for a potential National Science Foundation industry-university cooperative research centers program; represented company at IGSHPA Research conference in Sweden speaking on an international stage; first female to run an extension unit full time in the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology;
Volunteer Activities: Wings of Hope, Young Professionals of Hope Treasurer, United Way Campaign Chair, former Red Cross Board Member
What do you think about Stillwater: Stillwater is a great place work and raise a family. We love the small town feel the community has while always having something to do or a place to be. We take advantage of every opportunity to yell “Go Pokes” and wear orange while cheering on our Cowboys.
Best Piece of Advice Given Regarding Your Career: Before we moved back to Stillwater, I was working for the Choctaw Nation in southeastern Oklahoma. Our then tribal chief always encouraged professional development among employees. This was to better prepare us for our future with the tribe or with another company. He wanted us to be our best selves wherever life took us. This is a philosophy I have carried on through my supervisory roles, always encouraging employees to take training that will make them better employees and leaders.
"Being named a Leader Under 40 was unexpected and truly an honor. Stillwater is full young professionals and leaders who are making a difference in the communities they live and work in. I am thankful to be recognized as one of those individuals this year."
Favorite Restaurant – Boba Fusion
Favorite Business Book – Dare to Lead by Brene Brown
Best Stillwater Hidden Gem – Tokyo Pot
Favorite Vacation Spot – Rome
Best Place for Wings – I’m a chips and queso fan…. Mexico Joe’s!