Leader Speak Meet Jose PAGE 6 The newest director in TRAM Guzman Lakshmi S Suresh caught up with the newest big boss in TRAM – Jose Guzman, below are a few excerpts from the meeting.. Jose Guzman joined TRAM in November 2010. What fun fact would you like people to know about you? I grew up in a rural town in Texas and I was very involved in the Future Farmers of America organization. As part of the program I raised award winning chickens which I auctioned off and used the earnings to buy my first PlayStation. What is the best part of your Job? My favorite part of my job is helping people visualize their potential and helping them grow and develop in their lives and careers. What did you want to be when you grew up? As I child I wanted to be a Chemical Engineer. I carried that thought with me until my third semester in college at which point I started Organic Chemistry and discovered that a career in that area was not for me after all. Your very first Job: My very first job was in Texas where I would operate a cotton module builder after school. A cotton module builder is a huge machine that compresses freshly harvested cotton into a cuboid weighing 10 metric tons. As a 13 year old it was so much fun to go and create this enormous module, it felt like I was playing a real life version of Tetris.
Leader Speak PAGE 7 What would you do if you didn’t have to work? I would probably cook every day. I love finding new recipes and figuring out new cuisines. Personal slogan or favorite quote: If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run, then walk. If you can’t walk, then crawl. But whatever you do, You have to keep moving forward. -Martin Luther King Jr Best professional advice you can offer: The best advice I can offer is to invest time in yourself. A career is a journey not a destination, challenge yourself to continue learning and expanding your skillset. Who’s the one person you always look up to? I have many mentors but the one who I talk to most often is my uncle who works for the Walt Disney Company. He immigrated to the United States as a young adult as a day laborer and has evolved into leading an engineering department. He is the definition of a lifelong learner and has an great way of listening, talking through problems, and offering feedback. What according to you are the best ways of handling work pressure? I handle on the job pressure by prioritizing what I need to do. I create a list of my top three must do tasks before stepping into the office every day and ensure that those three items get completed as early as possible. Getting your priorities completed early in the day helps keep you on track while giving you time to focus on “fires” that will eventually happen throughout the day. The best place you’ve been on a vacation to so far: My fiancé and I visited the Tenorio Volcano National Park in Costa Rica that is home to el Rio Celeste. It is a beautiful light blue river and waterfall that has spectacular views and very diverse wildlife, it was one of the most serene hikes we have ever done. What are some of your favorites? Food: Anything slow cooked in a smoker Movie or Book: Organize Tomorrow Today by Dr. Jason Selk Musician or Band: Nathaniel Rateliff