Q&A with Paul Hutchison, Vendor Relations

GEO Jobe has been serving our clients and partners since 1999, and the key to our success is the people behind our growing company. Here is a brief Q&A with Paul Hutchison from the Operations Team, who joined the GEO Jobe team in early 2023.

Q: What is your job at GEO Jobe, and what does it entail? 

A: My role is Vendor Relations / Administrative Assistant. I assist our clients with all their purchasing questions, fill out the proper paperwork for each client, and assist the company in any fashion I can. 

Q: What has your career path at GEO Jobe looked like and what attracted you to join the team? 

A: Oddly enough my career path never pointed me towards a company such as GEO Jobe. When I hear the phrase “We are like a family here,” it is usually a red flag, but GEO Jobe is the first place I can say actually practices this saying. The staff have been warm and welcoming and are genuine.

Q: What jobs and experiences have led you to your current position?

A: My past experiences range from manual labor, to restaurant management, and casino surveillance. Each position taught me in different aspects the power of patience, observation, and humility.  

Q: What particular skills or talents are most essential to be effective in your job?

A: Certain skills I use in my job are ones I developed over my years in the food industry and the surveillance industry. Those skills are paying attention to the details and having patience for the tasks at hand. 

My wife Abigail, our daughter “Bee,” and myself at a karate tournament in Baton Rouge, LA.

Q: Any advice for recent graduates entering into the job market and aspiring to a similar role?

A: The best advice I could give would be to remember that humility and patience are two characteristics that can truly make a difference in whatever tasks you are attempting. Have an open ear and an open mind, try your best to work together with your coworkers, and crush your goals.

Q: What technologies and strategies do you use in your day-to-day work that are key to success? 

A: Organization! Across the board, if your personal life is organized, so will your work life. On a side note, I highly recommend the Notion app. Notion will help you organize a lot of your life both personal and work-related.

Q: What would you like to learn more about or incorporate into your daily work? 

A: I would love to learn a second language. Right now, I am fluent in Southern English and some light Creole, but I would like to return to learning Spanish or German. Who knows, maybe in a year or so I could be assisting with potential international clients.

Q: On a more personal side, do you have a favorite newspaper, magazine, blog, or sources of inspiration? 

A: As a child I was raised on Carlin and Marx Bros, so for me comedy is a great source of inspiration. I also find motivation in music. A good playlist can really help create a strong workflow. I like to think in a world full of differences, that music has the ability to help find common ground with just about anyone.

Q: What kind of technology do you prefer and why? (Mac or PC, iOS or Android, and other cool tech)

A: Honestly, as long as I can perform what needs to be done, I am fine with either Apple or Android; but I do live in a house full of Apple users and they would mock me for having a green text bubble.

Q: What do you enjoy doing outside of the office?

A: I have a family at home so my free time goes into planning activities I can do without them. No, but seriously, I enjoy a good movie or sporting event. I am also a bit of a “seafood foodie” and living on the Gulf Coast is a great place to be for a nice seafood platter.

My “spooky” wife and I at All Elite Wrestling in New Orleans.

Learn more about him by connecting with Paul on LinkedIn. Interested in joining the GEO Jobe team? Keep an eye on our Careers page for future opportunities!

To learn about our variety of GIS products and services and how we could benefit your organization, email GEO Jobe at connect@geo-jobe.com.

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