Employee Spotlight

Bernie Ortiz

Vice President/Office Manager

How long have you been with UESI?   17 years

What do you do at UESI?  I am the Office Manager at UESI responsible for managing our administrative staff, handling our month-end closing (ENB calculations), administrative tasks for all of our nuclear projects as well as Walt Disney World projects.  I provide support to various project managers, divers and our executive staff. 

Tell us a little about your background:    

Why did you choose the career path you followed?    I have a BS in Elementary Education.   Prior to UESI, I worked for Just Born Candy (Peeps®, Hot Tamales®, etc.) for 10 years as a Customer Service Supervisor and an Assistant Distribution Manager.

What do you like or appreciate most about working at UESI?  I appreciate that I am empowered to help change and shape our workplace.  Having a voice and being heard is very motivating. The culture at UESI makes it a great place to work!  There are people with so many different backgrounds and personalities that come together to meet our common goals.

Who or what inspires you?  My children inspire me daily. They have become self-motivated individuals who aren’t afraid to put in the hard work to get what they want out of life.  They have strong opinions and have no issue standing up for what they believe is right.  I am beyond proud of them!

If you could switch jobs for one day with anyone in UESI, whose job would you choose?  I would love to be a diver for a day.  We see pictures and hear stories about what they encounter but to actually put on a helmet and get in the water would provide so much more insight.  I imagine it would be rewarding as well as intimidating at times.    

Tell us about your life outside of work. Family, hobbies, volunteer activities? (Include photos! If submitting a photo of your family, include the names for the caption).  When not working, my hobbies include going to the beach, spending time with my children, & traveling.  I have 2 children.  My daughter, Brianna, is 21 and just graduated from The University of Central Florida (UCF) with a degree in Biomedical Sciences.  She is planning on continuing her education with the goal of becoming a Physician’s Assistant.  My son, John, is 19 and works fulltime with his father in hopes of someday taking over his business.  Our dog, Lacey is a 14-year-old rescue with a lot of spunk for her age.

Who would play you in the movie about your life?  Julia Roberts- not because we are alike but because she is my favorite actress.

What is something on your bucket list?  To spend a week in an overwater bungalow.  Bora Bora, Maldives, Fiji, Jamaica, etc.  The location isn’t as important as the bungalow.  It just needs to be somewhere tropical.

Dogs vs Cats (explain why):   100% dogs!  Dogs are such social creatures that seem to genuinely enjoy your company.  There’s nothing like coming home to a dog that greets you at the door, wagging its tail and whining happily because you are home.  They can change your mood in an instant. Cats, on the other hand, can be indifferent and aloof.