As part of a new blog series, we’re interviewing departmental staff and hopefully sharing some insights you may not have known about them from both work and life. If you are interested if being involved in constructing the questions or interviewing coworkers in the department please respond in the comments. Bill Fuqua, Director of Administrative Information Services (AIS) was willing to be the first interviewee and at the conclusion he nominated the next candidate. We hope you enjoy his commentary below, thanks to Bill for sharing his thoughts.
Bill Fuqua Interview 12/22/17
- How long have you worked at UTMB, what brought you, and what has kept you here?
15 years, I started as a consultant on a PeopleSoft project, and when project ended I was going to be sent to Denver and as a single-parent with a teenage son I preferred to stay and transitioned to employment at UTMB. I liked the people and job so I stayed.
- What is your favorite thing about work?
The people, and relationships with the people.
- What are your some of your hobbies or pastime?
I like to build things. I build a variety of different things, usually not the same type. Carpentry has been an ongoing interest. Thanks to Harvey I’m rebuilding my kitchen cabinets. I’ve also built an electric truck conversion, and installed an automated smart home application to control all lights, AC, pool, sprinkler system, and once the renovations are complete all kitchen appliances will be “smart” as well. I also enjoy scuba diving, and photography.
- What is one of your most favorite quotes?
“Do all the good you can, By all the means you can, In all the ways you can, In all the places you can, At all the times you can, To all the people you can, As long as ever you can.” ― John Wesley
- What is the funniest thing that ever happened at work?
ISL usually, as it’s kind of like a therapy session. Scariest: Right after moving into the CLC, we were in the old Payless shoe store conference room and there was yelling and screaming outside the window. We looked out and a dozen officers with guns were arresting someone so we instantly fled to back of building and they took the person into custody.
- What are you most proud of?
Besides kids and family, I’m happy to be developing a workplace where people enjoy being and are able to be productive and fulfill their career objectives.
- What will finally break the internet?
Net neutrality perhaps… when companies can change what you get depending on how they get paid.
- What is the best purchase you’ve ever made?
My Tesla (twice because of Harvey). It’s fun to drive, makes me feel good about the environment, it’s sustainable mechanically, and looks good.
- What’s the most interesting thing you’ve read or seen recently?
Kitchen cabinet configuration guide (almost finished), and hopefully soon we’ll have a kitchen.
- What is your biggest regret?
I’ve learned from many regrets; you are the sum of all experiences, and they make you stronger.
- What’s the most beautiful place you’ve ever been?
Lowes tool department, but after that Grand Cayman Islands or Maldives or Hawaii.
- What’s your favorite holiday?
- What’s your dream job?
I got it.
- What is your best career advice?
Keep a really good attitude, and plan ahead. Always have options for the future based on what you’d like to do. If you don’t know what you’d like to do, you won’t be able to do it.
- What is your best life advice?
Build relationships, and enjoy them.
- Who is your role model?
Don Storey, he was my pastor in my early 30’s and encouraged me to go back to school and seminary. Based on his encouragement and example of hard work I completed my graduate degree. He was someone who never knew he couldn’t do something, and therefore he was successful. Also my mother, she approached and addressed everyone with the intent that they were sent by God to meet with her. She had the attitude to help people develop to their highest potential.
- What do you wish you would’ve known or done early in your career at UTMB?
I came in as programmer, and didn’t begin to plan to go into management until 4-5 years in. When I came as a programmer my world was based on things I was programming, whereas now I wish I would’ve been a part of the overall picture from the beginning.
- Who would play you in a movie of your life?
It’s a joke but… I always joke with my wife it’d be Robert Redford.
- What is your favorite food or meal?
Food: fillet wrapped in bacon. Meal: add broccoli and cauliflower
- Thank you so much for your time and input, who do you want nominate for the next round, and what question would you like to add?
Brian Sharpless, because he’s a veteran. How has your experience as a veteran contributed to your career now?