1. One word that best describes how you work?
2. Current mobile device?
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
3. How long have you worked at UTMB, what brought you, and what has kept you here?
I’ve been at UTMB a little over 3 ½ years now. I was looking to move into the Galveston area and UTMB met the requirements I was looking for in my next position. I would say that the challenges that have been presented to me have kept me here. I don’t always win, but continuing to push what believe is the best course of action inspires me to do my job to the best of my ability.
4. Take us through a recent workday.
I arrive early because I enjoy how peaceful it is and it allows me to clear my head and get ready for the day. I make a to-do list for the day the I walk around to all of my employees and ask for 30 sec status updates on what they’re working on. After that it’s standing meetings, lunch with the team, and the occasional trip to campus.
5. What is the funniest thing that ever happened at work?
Haha, probably when Jim Koppe “Took over” one of Todd’s departmental meetings. I can honestly say I’ve never seen folks cover up their webcam so quickly.
6. What apps, gadgets, or tools can’t you live without?
I make it a point to try and unplug as much as possible. My favorite app is Endomondo, which I use for tracking my running/biking.
7. What is your favorite food or meal?
Roast beef, mashed potatoes, green beans, and gravy over everything.
8. What’s your work space setup like?
Triple monitors at all times and a Razor Black Widow Mechanical Keyboard.
9. What’s your best time-saving shortcut or life hack?
Mouse Without Borders- it’s a piece of software connects all networked pcs with the same mouse and keyboard. Allows me to use the same hardware peripherals with any machine.
10. How do you keep track of what you have to do?
Every morning I make a list of 3 things and try to get the first one accomplished by 10am.
11. What everyday thing are you better at than everyone else?
My ego is better than everyone else’s :-). No one can tell me I can’t do something.
12. What do you listen to while you work? Got a favorite playlist? Maybe talk radio? Or do you prefer silence?
When I work I just need noise, something with no words. Something similar to “Spa Music” that’s played at places like Massage Envy. Sure enough, Sirus XM has a Spa channel that works perfectly.
13. What’s your sleep routine like? Are you a night owl or early-riser?
I’m a Crappy sleeper. I’m usually in bed by midnight and up by 5:30 am.
14. Who is your role model?
As a kid growing up in 80’s I would have to say Ronald Regan. He accomplished things in ways no one imagined and I’ve always admired him for that.
15. What’s your least favorite thing to do, and how do you deal with it?
Dishes-having the TV on soccer seems to help. Although there may have been a missed plate or two somewhere in there.
16. How do you recharge? What do you do when you want to forget about work?
17. What’s your favorite side project?
Tinkering with my 1992 Jeep Wrangler. Gathering the telemetry data off of my RC cars.
18. What are you currently reading, or what’s something you’d recommend?
Voracious online reader. Anything related to space in particular. For example, the use of ‘Pi’ for interplanetary navigation. There’s a place on NASA’s website where you can download a file that goes to the billionth place past the decimal point in ‘Pi’. Other frequent reading pit stops include: NASA.gov, Space.gov, and the /dataisbeautiful subreddit.
19. You were nominated by Bill Fuqua. He wanted to ask you: How has your experience as a veteran contributed to your career now?
Made me grow up/mature. It helped create a healthy ego to accomplish anything I set my mind to. You start in boot camp as nothing, and you leave feeling like Superman.
20. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? Doesn’t have to be work or productivity-related.
Do what you enjoy.
2nd best- On your wedding day, put soap on your finger. Helps the ring slip on easier.
I’d like to nominate Khanh Le to answer some of these same questions as well as the following: What misconceptions did you have about people when you came to America?
Special thanks to Cody Milligan for deriving the questions, and conducting the interview.