This is the next interview in a new series in which we ask our unique and diverse Datasource Consulting staff to share a bit about themselves, both professionally and personally. We're amazed and inspired at their talents, hobbies, and aspirations, and we hope you are, too!
Years with Datasource: 5
Current Home City: Austin, TX
Tell us about your experience with Datasource Consulting (DSC), including types of projects and positions held:
I have primarily been engaged doing data integration work. Some projects have been more data warehouse-oriented while others have been more front-line, transactional in nature. I have recently been more involved with data modeling and moving toward data quality and master data, with an eye toward data governance.
Describe life at Datasource with three unique words.
Fun, Challenging, Evolving
Tell us what you like most about working at Datasource.
It’s great to work for a company that brings a whole fabric of diverse talent to bear. Working with these people and having ready access to their expertise makes all the difference. I enjoy the work I do on its own but it’s much more fun when you’re winning. Having these folks behind you and by your side keeps you in the lead.
What challenges you the most and what motivates you the most at Datasource?
The landscape of the space I work in is changing rapidly. While it’s a challenge to keep up with changing technologies and methodologies, you have to pick your battles. The shiny object of today may fade into nothing tomorrow. Ultimately it's about giving the client something that makes their life better. I’ve never been enamored with technology for the sake of itself, only with what I can do with it in the context of business.
What is on your bucket list?I still have it in my head that I may be able to climb Mt. Elbrus in southwest Russia.
What are you proudest accomplishments?
I’ve always been one to follow my heart, so the list is long and I’ve been blessed. I’ve climbed some big mountains, seen many astounding places, and met some very fine humans.
What are your hobbies outside of work?
As a former (hurts to say that) mountaineer, I still love being in the outdoors. On my feet, skis, wheels, whatever. Lately I spend most of my free time on a Harley and I have some great trips planned this year. If I’m not riding a motorcycle I’m probably building one.
What is your hidden talent?
Counting angels dancing on the head of a pin.
Tell us why you fell in love with data.
I didn’t really have to fall in love, it’s in my nature. I’ve always been mechanically inclined and like to know how things work. When I was a kid I used to take everything apart and I even learned how to put some of it back together again eventually. I’m an empiricist by nature.