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I took the professional scenic-route before I was blessed to find GST. I studied criminal justice in college and graduated during a market collapse. I gained retail and tech experience (more than anticipated) while awaiting the hiring markets to thaw. I entered law enforcement, only to pivot later when offered an opportunity in oil that I couldn’t refuse. Almost immediately after transitioning, I had to persevere through the oil market collapsing as well. While my resume may reflect a seemingly unrelated, even sporadic, work history, the aggregate of sixteen years excelling in results-driven environments with a focus on project management, process improvement, business analytics/development, and thriving under considerable pressure provided a skill set found to be beneficial for our Product Team. A former employer and long-time friend reached out to me about the open position. I have experienced companies offering monetary compensation in lieu of any work/life balance or personal empathy. I have found the best of it all in my current role. I could not be any happier with my choice and can now appreciate the (sometimes bumpy) path that led me here.
What is one thing people should know about you? I am extremely competitive and enjoy any challenge. I usually gear my hobbies toward those that I find entertaining but also very difficult to master; Brazilian jiu-jitsu, fishing, poker, shooting, etc.
What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you? I was once employed by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, working inside the jail for a year while awaiting the academy to start. I was placed on a supermax floor, housing the most dangerous inmates in the system. I joined several different teams in an attempt to stand out for promotions (gang enforcement, emergency response, etc.). In turn, it provided more exposure to situations that (hopefully) most will never experience, hence some interesting stories and life experiences. What are you most passionate about professionally? Accomplishing any large task and reflecting on the work has always been extremely satisfying for me. While I am new to this role, I am also finding that journeying with Founders on turning their dreams into reality and growing ideas from theory to fruition is also immensely rewarding.
What are you most passionate about personally? Creating memories and strengthening bonds with family and friends. I was blessed with two extremely hard-working father figures who directly instilled their insatiable work ethic. However, they both inadvertently reaffirmed the lesson that “no amount of money ever bought a second’s worth of time” once they were gone. Loved ones won’t remember any work accolades and your presence is more rewarding than any paycheck.
What is your favorite place to travel to and why? Lake Fork or Maroma Beach (Mexico). I spent a large chunk of time on Lake Fork growing up. It provides some of the best bass fishing in the country, is extremely tranquil, and holds numerous fond memories. I honeymooned at Maroma. The beach is one of the prettiest in the world and literally looks like heaven on earth.