My latest interview was with Bill Harrison, our IT Director. Bill has been with Apollo for almost 17 years! Bill has always amazed me with how his mind works. He is very detailed and thorough, yet has a quirky side too! Many of you are familiar with his wife, Mary Harrison, one of our Customer Service Representatives.
Describe your job in a nutshell: Primarily, I manage the department that maintains all the technology behind the scenes. Servers, operating systems, network devices, workstations, mobile devices, software, websites, databases, and communications equipment. We also get to contribute creatively and procedurally as we develop new things and new ways to do old things.
Which Apollo Gel describes you best? I’m proud to say that several of my suggestions became Apollo Gel names like Spanked Pink, Cherry Lewis, Fatherless Amber, and Bludgeon Red. Unfortunately, I’m not as interesting as that. I’d say I’m probably a diffusion or CTO.
What is on your iPod now? I don’t have an iPod but I always have music on. Usually at work I keep it in the electronic New Age genre. I find lyrics can be distracting. Departmentally, though we do a thing where we all cue up Echoes by Pink Floyd. The minute errors in our synchronization give it a cool sound that fills the office. The last album I bough was Lindsey Stirling. It is a cool collection of dubstep violin songs. For a more complete view, you can follow My Musical Evolution at http://westwoodvalley.com/my-musical-evolution-part-1/
What are some of your hobbies? My current hobbies revolve around hiking, biking, and fishing. I really like the multi-day backpacking trip on Vermont’s scenic Long Trail or a few days on a quiet lake in Michigan. Watching TV is good too but it has to be on DVR.
What kind of car do you drive? I will soon by driving a Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited in Cypress Green as soon as Mary says it is OK. If you talk to her today, tell her what a good idea it is. Thanks.
What is your refrigerator mostly filled up with? I’ve been focused on getting into better shape so the fridge is packed with responsible stuff. Lots of fresh produce and some leftover chicken and rice. Sadly, no soda or frozen pizza.
What is your worst habit? Are we talking about habits or vices? I’ve given up all my vices. Over planning comes to mind. It is really useful to cover every possible angle on paper to avoid issues later but it is easy to get caught up in the process. I find it hard to shoot from the hip or make impulsive decisions unless ice cream is involved.
What is your favorite Apollo memory? There are so many memories that I’ve accumulated over the last 17 years that it would be hard to select just one. So here is an early one. When I first started with Apollo in 1996, we shared office space (and unfortunately a bathroom) with a rough and tough asphalt company. We also shared the space with a bunch of raccoons. The raccoon infestation had finally reached a boiling point but rather than call an exterminator, the asphalt boys brought their shotguns in over the weekend. On Monday I arrived to find my office shot up and big holes in the walls and ceilings all over the building. A month later we moved to Option Pass.