Meet Lisa Pallen – she’s a superwoman. Not only did she kick butt in college at DePaul University, graduating Cum Laude and making the Dean’s List each year, but she’s also a rockstar accountant, and has been killing it at NDH for over a decade. She’s a total pro when it comes to accounting, operations, and human resources. Lisa is a natural problem solver and has a passion for start-up businesses and entrepreneurship. Her strategic skillset is what sets her apart and enables her to navigate the ever-changing landscape of business with ease. On top of that, she manages the operations of a successful business, Mikerphone Brewing, with her husband, and is a mother of two active kids. Outside of work, Lisa loves live music and theatre, and sharing stories with family and friends over beers. Basically, Lisa is a force to be reckoned with and you should definitely keep an eye out for her. She’s the whole package – smart, driven and a blast to hang out with.
- Favorite thing about NDH: To be honest, there’s a lot to love about working at NDH. One of my favorite things is the challenging work environment. It really keeps me on my toes and helps me continue to grow and learn new things every day. It’s amazing how every day brings new challenges and opportunities for me to improve. And let’s not forget about the amazing clients and co-workers! Working with such a diverse group of people is fun and inspiring. So, all in all, the combination of a challenging work environment and amazing clients and staff make NDH a pretty special place to work.
- What is your side gig/passion project/hobby? Running Mikerphone Brewing is definitely one of my favorite side hustles. Our staff and customers are amazing and they always bring a ton of positive energy to our tasting rooms. Music is a huge passion of mine, I’m always streaming new tunes while I work. It’s the best way to keep me productive and inspired. Attending concerts and plays is also a big deal for me. There’s just something special about experiencing live performances and being part of an audience. And of course, who doesn’t love to travel? Seeing new places, trying new things, and just getting away from it all is always a great time. It’s the perfect way to recharge and see the world. Those are a few of my passions outside of my day-to-day. I always try to make time for them and keep them going strong. They’re what keep me motivated and inspired.
- What is your go-to karaoke song? Gangsters Paradise or Regulate (RIP, Coolio & Warren G/ Nate Dog ☹ )
- Favorite vacation you’ve taken: I’ve been on some pretty amazing vacations over the years and it’s tough to pick just one favorite. But, if I had to, here are some of the trips that stand out: A month-long family trip to the Greek Islands and Italy during my high school years. It was incredible to explore different cities and visit my parents’ hometowns in Molise and in Sicily. College road trips with my fraternity brothers to South Beach and Jekyll Island for some sun and fun. My honeymoon in Italy, Spain, and Malta was a dream come true. A babymoon to London, Paris, and Amsterdam was the perfect getaway before the next chapter in my life. Family vacations to Costa Rica, Denver, Clearwater, and Disney World were all amazing and adventurous in their own way. Business trips to Copenhagen for Mikkeller Beer Celebration and Munich for Oktoberfest were productive and fun. Every trip has been unique and memorable, and I feel so lucky to have experienced so many incredible places and moments. I can’t wait for my next trip!