Fun / Personal Questions:
1. What food or drink could you not live without?
Literally speaking, I could not live without water. Non-literally speaking, it would be meat. Steak, chicken, pork, you name it. Especially grilled or smoked meat.
2. What is your favorite type of exercise or your favorite activity?
Any sport, but my favorite is basketball.
3. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A professional athlete. It didn’t really matter to me what sport.
4. What does your ideal weekend look like?
Going to the beach, having a barbecue, eating great food, going to a baseball game, tossing around the football…all with my closest family and friends.
5. What is your favorite meal? Breakfast, lunch or dinner?
It’s got to be dinner. Although a really good brunch is close behind.
6. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
Santa Barbara. It has perfect weather, beaches, great dining, hiking, and I have family there. Plus it would mean I’d have the money to live there.
7. What is your favorite sports team?
University of Michigan Athletics. I was born in Ann Arbor, MI.
8. What is your favorite type of Social Media / News Outlet / Magazine / Etc.?
9. Aside from necessities, what could you not live a day without?
My phone. It is my means of communication with family and friends, my GPS, my news outlet, my train ticket, my email, my flashlight, my watch, my calendar, and much more.
10. Can you speak more than one language? If yes, what other language do you speak?
Professional / Work Questions:
11. How long have you worked for AHMC?
Between 14 and 15 months.
12. What is your field of work and what is your favorite thing about your job?
I am an operations manager. The best thing is when I see or hear about the benefits that my work brings, e.g. cleaner roads, giving people highway cleanup jobs to help them get back on their feet, installing signs for happy sponsors and sales reps, etc…
13. Were you familiar with the Adopt A Highway® program before you started working here?
Not beyond the volunteer program.
14. What was your very first job?
I was a research analyst/intern at Smartronix, a defense contractor, when I was 16.
15. What did you study in college and how has it helped you professionally?
I studied Strategic Intelligence. It definitely sharpened my research, writing, and organizational skills, and taught me to discern patterns and trends in vast amounts of data.
16. What is the biggest lesson you have learned professionally?
Always to be prepared. Most headaches are caused by a lack of proactivity and are often made worse by the inevitable reactive decisions that are made in the immediate wake of problems.
17. What advice would you give someone who just graduated college and is looking for a career in your field of work?
To be prepared to work hard and deal with stressful situations. But also to know that the hard work will pay off and be rewarding.
18. How important is work life balance and how do you keep yourself grounded on a day off?
Work life balance is huge for me. I value my family and friends more than almost anything. I cherish my days off with those family and friends, and use those days to recharge for another week.
19. What is the number one thing that motivates you?
My relationship with Jesus Christ.
20. Where do you see Adopt-A-Highway® in 10 years?
I could see the program expanding to a few more states. Also, I could see sponsorships more frequently extended beyond highways. Public-private partnerships bring so much benefit to all involved parties, and states are starting to realize that sponsoring highways is just the beginning.