Joining the team in March of 2012, Vesa was brought aboard to manage the rapid growth within the company by developing sales and marketing strategy. His history of education in computer science, marketing, and management made him the ideal candidate to assist in directing the steep growth of ADSOTECH. Since his arrival, the sales and marketing department has added several members and continues to achieve high goals under Vesa’s creative leadership.
Turn back the clock to 1966 when Vesa was just five years old living in a small village on the West coast of Finland with his parents and younger brother and sister.
“Back then I spent a lot of time with my friends in track and field. There was a track near our houses where we would take part in local competitions and such. I performed best in high jump and sprint events, winning several medals along the way. However, I think by now my track and field skills have diminished, at least a little bit.”
As Vesa got older, he developed a strong interest in global economics and politics. In addition, Vesa enjoys reading about philosophy and psychology. When he is not reading, Vesa likes to hike in the wilderness, appreciating all that Finland has to offer. He is often accompanied by his wife and three adult daughters. On occasion, his two grandsons join the adventure.
Before Vesa joined the ADSOTECH team, he moved around quite a bit, working at prestigious organizations in a variety of locations:
“In the UK, we were living in Harrogate in North Yorkshire. The region is a beautiful combination of old towns and countryside. While I was there, I worked as an Engineering Director in a global telecom company. By far, the biggest challenge that came with living in the UK was learning how to drive on the ‘wrong’ side of the road, especially in roundabouts. Somehow, I made it out of there without having any major accidents.”
In addition to living in the UK, Vesa also lived and worked in Szekesfehervar, the former capital of Hungary:
“I was working as General Manager in the same telecom company that I worked for in the UK. Overall, life in Hungary is peaceful compared to the UK. Being a relaxed, peaceful person, I felt more at home in Szekesfehervar. I vividly remember the dogs barking and roosters crowing in the mornings outside our house, which was situated outside the city center. Even these wake up calls are some of the fondest memories from this time in my life.” Continuing his journey around Europe, Vesa eventually moved to Norway, working as a Board Member in an oil and gas technology company in Stavanger.
Now, Vesa is enjoying his life in downtown Helsinki. As a leader of the sales and marketing endeavors for ADSOTECH, Vesa is optimistic about the future, determined to advance the company within the wide world of IT:
“ADSOTECH has very effective products and a wide service range. In the future, our potential to significantly expand into the service field of IT is extremely promising. We have an IT department filled with the best in the business regarding technical support and a specialty in ready-made solutions. Overall, I can’t wait to see what tomorrow will bring.”
On August 15, 2013, Tom hopped on board the ADSOTECH band wagon and began his role as an Account Manager. Having just arrived in Helsinki seven days prior, he came all the way from Milwaukee, Wisconsin in the United States to learn from Christer Mäkelä and his experienced team of sales and IT specialists. The youngest member of the ADSOTECH squad, Tom graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in Policy Economics and Spanish. On top of his education, he has extensive experience in international marketing within the IT industry. All in all, Tom brings an energetic spark to the sales team along with innovative marketing strategy.
Throughout his childhood, Tom resided in the Midwest of the US, accompanied by his parents and older brother, Ted. From a very young age, Tom and his brother stayed active. In the summer, the boys were either training for the upcoming football season, swimming on the local swim team or water skiing at their nearby lake house. Once winter rolled around, the Barthell family often ventured westward to Breckenridge, Colorado and downhill skied. Adventures such as this were typical for Tom and his family.
“Growing up in the Midwest, a lot of children are not exposed to foreign cultures too much. I like to say that most kids don’t expand their awareness past the cornfield down the road. However, my parents took me on plenty of expeditions across the US and Canada where we fished, skied, hiked and plenty of other outdoor activities. On a yearly basis we would even travel to places like Puerto Rico, Jamaica or Mexico, exploring the historical monuments and enjoying paradise for a week or so. No matter where we went, my parents continuously exposed me to a wide variety of cultures and different regions of the world.”
During his time at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, Tom spent four months in Seville, Spain. While there, he studied Spanish linguistics and lived with a local couple.
“The experience I had Seville is unforgettable. Living in a city with so much history and beauty was a blessing. Not to mention, my host family and group of insane Spanish friends truly made me feel at home. While living in Spain, I also traveled around Europe and Northern Africa. By the end of my study abroad experience, I developed a genuine fascination and appreciation towards the diverse cultures of our world.”
Once he completed his undergraduate degree, Tom harnessed that passion for cultural exploration and began searching for unique work opportunities abroad. Ultimately, Tom chose the position at ADSOTECH in Finland.
“I had a lot of fun exploring my options for post-grad work. I mean, the whole world was my new frontier – I felt like the opportunities were endless. ‘What would it be like to work in Beijing? London? South America?’ Eventually, I came across ADSOTECH in Scandinavia, a region I was completely unfamiliar with and extremely intrigued by. After researching the company and speaking extensively with Christer, I was thoroughly impressed by the things they had accomplished and the cutting-edge work they were doing within the IT industry. Now, to say I am a part of a company that has sparked the exponential growth of so many businesses and corporations is an honor. As the young buck of this experienced team, I can only hope to continue learning from my colleagues and constantly offer my fresh ideas. Undoubtedly, it feels good to say I am part of a reliable company that remains at the forefront of innovation within the IT world.”
Miia Isola was born about 30 years ago in Vantaa, the neighbor town of Helsinki, Finland as the second daughter of an ordinary nuclear family. At age 6 she became the middle child in a family of 4 children as the family grew with the birth of twins, a boy and a girl. Way before that, before she could even talk she wanted to follow in the footsteps of her big sister and start figure skating. She ended up in synchronized skating and spent countless hours at the ice rink until she quit, only 25 years later and chose another sport. Here is her story in her own words:
After high school I decided to study Economics. I got in to Turku School of Economics but found myself unwilling to relocate that 160 km distance. Despite the distance I was able to finish my studies and with a new Master’s degree in my pocket and I found myself back with Vaisala, a Finnish meteorological equipment manufacturer. I had worked there previously during my studies. Very soon I became a customer contract specialist working in an ERP implementation project. That experience led me to ADSOTECH in February 2012.
ADSOTECH’s customers are in the Nordic countries, so starting out in Customer Support I did not expect to have many contacts outside of the Nordics. Honestly, I did not even expect to travel that much within the Nordics. However, during this last winter and spring Winshuttle training assignments have taken me to Estonia, Bulgaria and China in addition to Sweden, Norway and Finland.
I like doing training sessions whether it is in Finland or elsewhere in the world. I prefer being on site compared to giving a webinar simply because I find it easier to help trainees and relate to their day-to-day issues while in the same room. The best part of teaching and helping to solve problems is seeing how people learn new things and get ideas to use the products in innovative ways. There’s nothing like the sudden brightness in trainees eyes which say he just got it and instantly thought of ways to ease his daily work load.
In my spare time I train and compete in mixed martial arts (= MMA). So far I have had 13 amateur fights, 6 wins, 5 losses and 2 draws. The sport combines the different stand up and ground techniques including punches, kicks, chokes, joint locks and a match can be won by knockout, submission or judges’ decision. Besides MMA my training consists of Brazilian Jiujitsu, submission wrestling, kickboxing and boxing. I haven’t escaped the teaching mentality here either as I instruct a boxing class for beginners.
I have been happily married for 10 years. Although the real cause and effect remains undetermined our friends like to joke around with the fact that my husband got interested in self defense around the time I started training martial arts. As our marriage has been harmonious he has switched his main spare time interest to serving as a voluntary fire fighter.
There is not a lonelier place in the world than the ring (or cage) on fight day. However, the training aspect of martial arts can be considered a team effort. You need someone to play the part of the opponent so it is in fact a joint effort to get better and ready for a fight. In a way I see this in my daily work as well. I can count on the help of my colleagues whether I’m getting ready for a customer training or solving a customer’s technical issue. We take pride in working together to find an easy solution as swiftly as possible.