Trish (Perzyk) Howell

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Operations executive, scaling expert and board director Trish Howell, in brief.

Trish (Perzyk) Howell

Home: San Jose, CA.  Age: 54.  Birthplace: Detroit, MI.  Organization: Avail Medsystems.  Title: VP, Operations.  Alma mater: University of Michigan.

Recent recognition: Appointed to Board of Directors of Knightscope (NASDAQ: KSCP) in January 2022.  Latest contribution to others: San Jose Public Library.  My dad was a librarian with a Master’s in Library Science.  Hobbies: Sports junkie! NCAA (anything Michigan!), NFL, MLB, NHL, PGA, LPGA, NBA, NASCAR.  Last book read: You Are a Badass, by Jen Cincero.

Personality profile: Puzzle solver.  What one word would your closest friend use to describe you? Loyal.  How do you define a perfect friendship? Always have one another’s backs, good times or bad.  What is your greatest fear? Death.  What word or phrase do you use far too often? Suck it up buttercup.  What occupation, other than your own, do you most admire? Sales.  Personally, I could never take the daily rejection.  What is your go-to workout? Boot camp (cross training)!  Three to four times per week.

What was your first paying job? Busgirl at a wedding venue.  What was your favorite college course? Control Systems.  What movie have you repeatedly watched? The Godfather.  What’s the best advice you received growing up? Look where you’re going, not where you’ve been.  What is your go-to source of news and information? Twitter.  What personal circumstance has had the greatest influence on your life? The death of my parents and younger sister within three years’ time (2016-2019).

What message do you want to send out into the world?

Pay it forward. 

What widely held belief do you reject? Climate change.  What mega-trend most excites you? Rapid technological change across multiple industries.

What actor would you choose to play you in the movie about your life? Cameron Diaz.  Who would you like to spend an evening with, in heaven? Mom.  As a kid, what did you first want to be when you grew up? A lawyer.  After your loved ones, what object would you first save from your burning home? My personal laptop.  What advice would you give your younger self? Take time to stop and smell the roses.

Personal motto: Pay it forward.  Favorite quote: “Knowledge is power” (Sir Francis Bacon).  Desired epitaph: Best daughter, sister, partner, friend.

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