Giuseppe “Joe” Lombardo was born in Torino, Italy, and moved to the US at the age of 8. A southern Italian at heart with a flair for math and science, Joe obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Business at Fairleigh Dickinson University. He worked as an engineer for several years in the US, but wanderlust got the better of him. He moved to Japan, where he taught English for a while then ran the Business and Computer Science Departments at HI University in Osaka for 6 years.
Fluent in Italian and an entrepreneur to the core, Joe has run a thriving luxury jewelry import-export company for the past 12 years. Joe’s business acumen, marketing savvy and international experience are invaluable assets along with his friendly, good-natured disposition and approachable manner. Joe has a knack for talking to customers and understanding what they need – no problem is too small or too technical.
As General Manager at VOVF USA and a great cook, Joe knows that the recipe for any successful business is simple: put customers first and provide quality services. That’s precisely what he had in mind when he co-founded VOVF USA: “Language and culture go hand in hand, and that has always fascinated me. As the US affiliate for a French company, we benefit from France’s central position as a European hub of language and culture, not to mention years of industry experience. I’m thrilled to be a part of the adventure and spearhead VOVF USA’s growth in the US language services market.”
Jody Shafran grew up in Japan and the US with a Japanese mom and American dad. Fluent in 4 languages, Jody is a globetrotter… with many degrees! A brand new Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish and Japanese from New York University in hand, she set off for France for a year to learn French. Back in Japan, she taught English and Spanish then took a translating position at Japan’s oldest pharmaceutical company, Dainippon Sumitomo Pharma. After a second Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations at the University of Strasbourg (ITI-RI) and a Master’s Degree in International Business at INALCO in Paris, Jody worked in marketing at the French luxury goods group LVMH for 8 years.
That’s when she became inspired to create a customer-focused translation business that emphasizes quality. She co-founded VOVF Europe and VOVF USA, where Jody happily runs the back office, recruiting translators, managing projects and translating herself as much as she can: “I absolutely love languages, and my job allows me to indulge in my passion all day long. It’s my dream job!”
Jody’s vast experience in languages, translation, marketing, cosmetics and business is an important resource for VOVF, where your translation needs are in the best of hands.
Veng Lo is a human crossroads of cultures! Born in Cambodia with Chinese parents, he spent his early childhood in Thailand and grew up in France. Wanderlust runs in the VOVF family, however After a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics at Université Lumière Lyon II in his French hometown of Lyon, Veng moved to Tokyo where he obtained a Master’s Degree in International Business from Senshu University. Two years in Tokyo had only deepened his love for Japanese culture, so Veng stayed on as an economic researcher at the French Consulate in Osaka for 2 years. Back in France, he discovered his talent in sales. For 5 years, he worked as a Key Account Sales Executive at IBM France, where his sense of people, affability and strong analytical skills earned him the trust and respect of colleagues and managers. That was when he started feeling it: the entrepreneurial itch.
“Although my previous business and sales experience focused on technical jargon and selling strategies, I felt trust was the key to good business – listening to clients and making sure they feel heard is always the best approach.” With this in mind, Veng co-founded VOVF Europe and VOVF USA.
Fluent in 4 languages, Veng has the ability to see many layers of a problem, which enables him to find holistic solutions. His capacity to listen, confident and easygoing manner, and strong problem-solving skills bring tremendous added value to VOVF. As CEO of VOVF Europe, he is ready to go that extra mile to help you find the best solution for your needs at the best price.
VOVF translators are experienced language professionals live all around the world and come from all walks of life. Some have writing, language or translation degrees, and have dedicated their livelihood to their passion for words. Others were doctors, lawyers, journalists or tour guides in a previous career, and decided to combine their significant expertise in a specific field with their love of language. At VOVF, our translators only handle translations of texts in general areas and/or the specific areas they specialize in. This way, your text gets the attention and quality it deserves from an expert in your field.
Our translators are nothing if they’re not disciplined. Many work from home and juggle multiple jobs and families. We appreciate their sense of responsibility and multitasking abilities. The world is changing and so is the workplace; the 9-to-5 workday and office commutes no longer reflect today’s reality. Here at VOVF, we believe in telecommuting and flexible work schedules. We work with our translators and around their individual constraints as much as possible. The only thing we don’t compromise? Quality.