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If your sweet tooth has ever been satisfied by the mouth-watering treats made by The Hershey Company, then I have played an integral part of bringing it to you. No, I am not the man responsible for concocting the many delicious recipes and combinations of premium chocolate and delectable add ins. I am not the guy who designs the eye catching packaging, sing along slogans or even the TV ads that make you drop what you’re doing to go get a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. I am, however, the proverbial man behind the curtain. At the Hershey Company, I have dedicated the last 18 years to ensuring that your Hershey experience is nothing short of perfection. As a Team Leader at Chocolate World, I oversee the inner workings and technical operations of that special Hershey magic that equals consumer smiles, and company profits. At Chocolate World, your interactive experience in the 3D Theater, factory tour ride and children’s activities are just as important to building brand loyalty as the familiar candy you’ve been eating since childhood. As the youngest corporate staff member in Chocolate World History, in 1990, I contributed to the IT Department by developing operating protocols for their computer systems, security standards and off-site data storage solutions. With my strong electronics experience, a move to R&D at the Tech Center was a natural progression. Holding 7 different Specialist positions, I have touched the development and implementation of nearly every operating arm at Hershey. Trained in electronics, I developed new technologies and industrial automation for pasta operations at the Memphis Plant. Having moved through functional divisions like confectionary & hard candy, I worked on equipment design for the new kitchens in our Reading Plant – a hard candy manufacturing facility. I developed the wireless inventory system used for R&D warehousing and managed the inventory of the R&D Warehouse. Today, I have come full circle and once again call Chocolate World home.

Work experience

Mar 2012Present

Director of Facilities

Mennonite Home Communities

At present, James Tesche acts as Director of Facilities for Mennonite Home Communities, a Pennsylvania-based organization that upholds a dedication to extending comprehensive and supportive care to senior residents. With years of experience as a division leader, property manager, and business owner, Mr. Tesche ensures that the community remains in good working order and that the employees under his supervision resolve issues quickly and effectively. A committed member of his profession, James Tesche holds membership in several industry organizations, including International Facilities Managers Association.James Tesche’s specific duties as Mennonite Home Communities’ Director of Facilities include guaranteeing the proper functioning of all electrical and mechanical systems in the buildings, as well as the elevators and emergency sprinklers. In addition, he supervises contractors who perform renovations that involve heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and other systems.Before assuming his current responsibilities, James Tesche enjoyed a lengthy tenure with The Hershey Company. He began at the firm in 1990 as Operations Clerk before moving up to Associate Operations Technician and, later, Operations Technician. He helped create operating protocols for the information technology sector and enjoyed recognition as the youngest corporate-level employee in the history of Chocolate World. Mr. Tesche continued to accept positions of increasing responsibility over the years. In 2003, for instance, he became Electronics Specialist and Capital Projects Manager; in this capacity, he fulfilled project development and plant improvement duties. He finished his career at The Hershey Company as Team Leader of Facilities & Maintenance Services in 2012.Over the course of his career, he has also served as Property Manager for Cherry Street Apartments and as Real Estate Salesperson for Coldwell Banker. He operated his own company, Tesche Enterprise Inc., from 2004 to 2007.

Jan 2007Mar 2012

Team Leader, Facilities & Maintenance Services

The Hershey Company

Manages the planning, organization, and controls for separate activities in a department. Formally supervises individual employees and subordinate supervisors within a department. Responsible for identifying training needs, tracking performance, coaching, and motivating direct reports. Directly and indirectly responsible for hiring, terminating, compensation, and performance evaluation for entire department.

Jan 2006Jan 2007

Senior Specialists

The Hershey Company
Responsible for the maintenance, engineering, utilities, and technical functions required to support Chocolate World Tour ride, 3D Theater, & 97M dollar retail operations. Responsibilities include: Management of the following: Personnel providing engineering expertise and the management of capital projects. Personnel providing mechanical and electrical maintenance support to the facility. Contractors, including those providing technical, installation, and repair services. The individual assigned to manage utilities, energy, and wastewater operations. Direction of others providing operation support in addition to personally participating in process engineering support to Chocolate World operations
Jan 2003Jan 2006

Electronics Specialist and Capital Projects Manager

The Hershey Company
Research & Development • Project management activities related to the design, purchase/modification, installation, and validation of the facilities and Pilot Plant-related equipment. • Developed individual projects up to ~ $5M. • Responsibility for ten to fifteen minor projects (<$500K) and five to ten major projects (>$1M). • Preparation of studies that support the analysis of existing facilities and Pilot Plant-related equipment, identify improvement opportunities, and work with other • Hershey site personnel to plan and implement improvements.
Jan 2001Jan 2003

Associate Specialists - Electronics

The Hershey Company
Research & Development
Jan 1997Jan 2001

Assistant Specialist - Electronics

The Hershey Company
Research & Development
Jan 1994Jan 1997

Operations Technician

The Hershey Company
Research & Development
Jan 1991Jan 1994

Associate Operations Technician

The Hershey Company
Research & Development
Jan 1990Jan 1991

Operations Clerk

The Hershey Company
Hershey's Chocolate World



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