People in Revu: A Q&A Series
Jeff Sample, IT Director
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1. How did you get into your current role?
This is actually a funny story. I was working for a software development company that got acquired and then dissolved. I was walking through the grocery store thinking about my options, and I ran into an old colleague and friend. She was complaining about her IT guy not transferring her contacts from her personal phone to her business phone and having to use them both to communicate. I took the phones, transferred everything with an app, and she was floored. She turns to her coworker and says, “I told you I had the guy.” Three months later, I accepted the job as IT Director for the Gallegos Corporation, and I discovered the construction industry.
2. Do you have a mantra/saying/catch phrase at work?
When I was preparing for my first Ironman, my coach stressed mental preparedness for the race and gave me this mantra: “Change, adapt and overcome,” and it worked. I have carried it with me since, and I attribute a lot of my success to sticking to it.
3. What is your favorite part of your job?
I love watching well-architected solutions create happy, productive people. The solutions we implement can be the bane of their existence or an effective tool to get the job done. A lot of their job satisfaction can be based on that tool’s effectiveness or lack thereof. It all depends on the culture, the approach, and addressing everyone’s perspectives and needs effectively.
4. How do you see your job changing in one year? Five years? Ten years?
I see a real journey for me over the next year. It feels like something really special is starting to happen around the digital transformation of the construction industry. Coupled with the impending crisis of labor shortages, you have a prime environment for transformation. As they say, “Crisis is the mother of all invention.” I hope to be a part of it.
In five years, I actually expect to see a slowing in the market, and I am hoping the elastic solutions, along with the production efficiency gains that we have all been designing to handle our growth, work their magic and lower their costs, allowing our companies to better weather the storm and keep our people throughout.
In 10 years, I would like to be retired!
5. What do you know now that you wish you knew on day one?
I really wish I understood that you need to connect with the people and the problem before you implement a solution . We are sometimes so fixated on implementing technology that we forget about why we are doing it in the first place.
6. What advice do you have for someone who wants to be in your role?
Go consult for a while in different industries. Every industry has its ruts, but if you diversify, you become a very well-rounded person. Work for a software development company for a while to learn their practices; it will open your eyes. For IT people, remember the end user is your customer and treat them as though their satisfaction with your service is the ultimate goal of the interaction. And the most important thing is to always stretch yourself to be better. It is easy to be good at something and stay in your safe space, but no one ever achieved greatness by taking the safe bet.
7. How has using Revu impacted your career?
Revu has had a tremendous effect on the success of my job and, I hope, the rest of my career. The software itself was my first real tech triumph at Gallegos. I was able to get good traction with simple workflows, and the product took off. I have also had the pleasure of meeting quite a few employees, and the enthusiasm you get from them is baked into the product and its road map.