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2021 30 Under 35 Profile: Patricia Logsdon

Patricia Logsdon, 33
Channel Sales Engineer
Siemens Industry

 

Patricia began her career at Siemens as an intern in Nurnberg, Germany, about 10 years ago. “I kind of stumbled into it,” she recalled. “I got an internship, through a friend while I was in grad school. This gave me the opportunity to see all the opportunities that Siemens had to offer.”

After completing her MBA, Patricia moved into a product manager role at Siemens in Norcross, Ga., overseeing the Multifamily metering and generator product lines. “This meant working with sales to come up with products to fill gaps/needs, run trainings for sales and their customers, managing pricing, marketing, and anything the product line needed,” she explained. “I also share a patent for one of my projects!”

Her next move was into a distributor sales engineer position and, over the past seven years, has grown Siemens’s distributor partner’s stock year over year. “I’ve also opened new accounts and have grown market share in some tough markets,” she said. “Alongside my sales position I’ve helped on large internal projects at Siemens and recently earned the Team Lead role for Hawaii.”

Patricia is also active on NAED Women in Industry Committee. “Being on the WII Committee I get to help choose content that is shared,” she said. “WII is an amazing space where women can connect and learn how to navigate their careers, learn new skills, and find entry into our industry.”

Asked what attracted her to the electrical industry, Patricia said “Siemens was appealing because of its opportunities. It’s a very large company with international opportunities. As someone who loves to travel and has dual citizenship, having the option to take on a role overseas is exciting. This might be something I want to do someday.”

Patricia said that it’s Siemens’s current leadership that keeps her excited about the industry. “They take such an interest in our younger employees,” she said. “As many other companies in this industry, there is a large age gap and Siemens recognizes it. They actively support those who ask for help to make next steps in their careers.”

Talent leaving the industry is a problem that concerns Patricia. “We have many individuals retiring, so keeping young talent is key,” she said. “I do my best to help new employees navigate Siemens. I remember when someone reached out to me and helped me in the beginning—it made Siemens seem a lot less scarry. I also do my best to share any ideas my coworkers have and give them credit. I believe in amplifying great ideas and giving credit where it is deserved.”

Looking ahead, Patricia has her sights set on a regional channel manager role. “I’m working very closely with my manager to learn everything possible to prepare for an opening,” she said, adding that “exposure, communication, training, and mentorship” will help her reach her goal.

Asked what she would tell someone just entering the industry, Patricia said: “Be patient, this is an old industry, and it takes time to get ideas across and create change. If you are willing to give it time you will create change for the better. ”

Outside of work, Patricia stays active. “I am a Krav Maga instructor. I love hiking, running, SUPing, working out, and of course, playing with my two dogs,” she said. “I also enjoy learning new things and traveling—so, my boyfriend and I bought a skoolie (short school bus) to convert! He is teaching me how to do a lot of new things as we build it out into a camper. Once it is completed, we will be hitting the road with our dogs for some adventures. You can follow us @TheSunsetBus on Instagram!”

 

Each year tED magazine recognizes 30 of the industry’s best and brightest under the age of 35. Please visit tedmag.com/30Under35 for nomination information and updates about the 2021 program. Questions can be sent to tED Editor Misty Byers at mbyers@naed.org.

 

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