Staff Spotlight: 20 Questions in 2 Minutes with Jason Coulter
20 Questions in 2 Minutes is our series in which we interview Management Council staff members. This week’s guest is Jason Coulter, Technical Analyst, with the Enterprise Technology team.
- If you could pick anyone, who would you choose as your mentor?
My dad. He is one of the most skilled carpenters that I’ve ever known. I’m obviously biased. I wish some of those skills had transferred to me.
- Where did you work before this position?
A local hospital right down the road.
- What is your hidden talent?
I communicate well, but I’m kind of an introvert. So, my communication skills sometimes come across as a surprise.
- What’s your biggest fear?
Failing in general. Whenever I set my mind to do something, I want to succeed at it.
- Have you ever met anyone famous?
I’ve met Joe Thomas, the old Browns lineman. By some crazy coincidence, it was the only afternoon practice they had for training camp that year. I was in the area for work and got done early so I checked it out. He was doing post-game pics and I walked up, shook his hand, and told him good luck that year.
- What’s your favorite thing to do on the weekends?
Lately, it’s watching football. I’m a Browns fan, so I’m interested in that.
- Are you an introvert or an extrovert?
I’m definitely an introvert. It can be hard to not be introverted when you naturally are.
- Which historical figure would you most like to meet?
Jimi Hendrix. I know he was pretty wild, but he was one heck of a guitar player.
- What’s your idea of a perfect day?
Being outside on a nice sunny afternoon. Maybe even some fishing because it’s very relaxing. I tend to really enjoy fishing because on the day-to-day, it gets hectic and hard to keep up. So, it’s nice to get away from that where it’s a lot calmer.
- What was the last experience that made you a stronger person?
Getting hired by the Management Council. It’s a fantastic place to work, and I feel like they really invest in their employees and push them to succeed.
- What story does your family always tell about you?
Scaring the living daylights out of my kids and one of their friends when they were younger. I got home from work, and it was dark out already. I decided to have a little fun and knock on their bedroom window a couple of times. They ended up calling 911, and I had a fun time explaining that one.
- What would you most like to tell yourself at age 13?
Make better decisions. I think at a younger age, we all have a thing or two to learn. There’s always something to look back on and think that you could have done better.
- What would you do (for a career) if you weren’t doing this?
My dream job would be a musician or pro golfer. But the irony of that is I have no musical talent, and I’ve never been golfing, but I do watch the Masters. It would be cool to go around to pristine courses and play golf for a living.
- What’s your favorite memory?
I went to the Mayan ruins, and that was one of the coolest places I’ve been in my life. The aura about it was amazing. Words can’t even express it. It was such a cool excursion.
- What’s the best place you’ve traveled to?
That would be between Mexico for the beaches and the sun and Canada for the fishing.
- What three traits define you?
Hardworking, driven, honest.
- What is your personal philosophy?
You get what you put in. It’s one thing to have talent, but hard work will take you further. Hard work will always get you there.
- Describe a “win” from the work you’ve done over the last four weeks (or longer since we had a long break).
I worked for a year on my VCP-DTM certification. Earning it was huge win for me.
- How do you define success?
Setting realistic goals and achieving them.
- What is your favorite thing about working at the Management Council?
They really invest in the technology and the people. I’ve worked at other places that don’t do that. It’s nice being in this environment. It’s a lot to keep up with, but it’s obvious they really care about the technology and the people. I come away from all staff meetings very impressed. It puts a smile on my face.