Team: Ann Niemann

My maternal ancestry includes Scotland. On my dad’s side, Thomas Trimble would be considered my 3rd great-grandfather and emigrated from Belfast to the port of Baltimore, Maryland in 1827 at the age of 21. My great grandfather was nicknamed The Irishman, and my father was born on St. Patrick’s Day – how lucky is that?

Ann has a BA in International Relations from Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa with a four-part major in political science, economics, history, and geography, with a minor in sociology. There she served as host for a U.S. Department of State panel, and was the youngest Chair of the Iowa Annual Assembly for the United Nations Association-USA. Her MBA in International Management is from Thunderbird School of Global Management, Glendale, Arizona. Both degrees were conferred with honors, with the latter including recognition for 1st Place in the International Advertising competition and from The Arizona Republic and The Phoenix Gazette for excellence as Creative Director and her team’s comprehensive presentation to introduce Gatorade as a new product into Canada. Read more about her professional career…

Ann Niemann has served as Executive Vice President for HercuTech Inc. that manufactures and markets an array of “green” energy-efficient components for constructing the building envelope for new residential and commercial applications. As a Business Consultant, Ann served as interim Chief Operating Officer for an early stage multi-media education-entertainment company, managing and designing overall administrative operations including legal, financial, investor relations, media and promotions, concert scheduling, merchandising, systems, and corporate strategies.

Niemann has proven abilities: experienced at making quick and effective decisions in fast-paced environments, with strong interpersonal skills, she is recognized for dedication and the ability to achieve results. Her excellent analytical and problem-solving skills, exceptional follow-through, and a comprehensive grounding in management qualify her to speak on pertinent subjects to benefit a variety of organizations. Mentored by international speaker and business author, Linda Chandler, Ann has a wealth of anecdotal experience to connect with her audience.

Community volunteer work includes Ann serving as Co-Founder, former Board member and officer of Kyrene Parent Network, which advocated for quality pre-kindergarten through 12th grade public education in greater Phoenix, Arizona. She served 2008-2013 on the Board of Directors of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Faire in Phoenix and as a committee Chair of the Arizona Colleen and Rose of Tralee Selection that honors young women of Irish heritage with academic scholarships and travel to Ireland. She and her Committee were the first to create the Little Miss Shamrocks (ages 6-12) and Arizona Irish Lasses (ages 13-17), patterned after the Colleen and Rose programs to honor Irish heritage.

Personal core values, innovation, and diplomacy have earmarked Ann’s career, and notably as represented when she researched and founded a 501(c)(3) corporation and secured licensing for a child-placing agency in the State of Iowa, serving U.S. citizens worldwide. As Executive President of this international adoptions agency, she managed overall administrative office and staff, including legal and financial issues; and technical writing including policy and procedural manuals. She worked with foreign liaisons in the U.S. and abroad, translators, and government officials primarily in Russia, China, and Mexico; completing each adoptive family’s dossier, child matching, documents for U.S. immigration and finalization in U.S. court(s).

Ann’s first corporate position was as a successful bank office. She managed 23 cost centers and established departmental systems. She wrote an executive feasibility study, implemented, and managed a centralized word processing center for the corporate location and one for the credit card processing site. Her work was featured in the national publication, The Office.