Cast Your VoteChris Southern

WilmerHale

Week 3: Casually Cool

What do you like to do for fun?

I think this set of photos most accurately captures who I am and what I do for fun – an old pair of jeans, favorite boots and a motorcycle. There’s nothing more relaxing than picking a direction, rather than a destination, and setting out in search of the next adventure. In today’s world, and especially being in the IT field, we live our lives by the calendar. Rushing to the next meeting, juggling multiple tasks, or approaching a deadline, our lives are scheduled. In my downtime, I try to eliminate those things as much as possible and live in the moment. Each of us are unique based on our experiences and our stories. Do everything you can to create your own story.


Week 2: Workplace Image

Picture by Steve Paul Photography

What do you find most rewarding about your job?

In my job, I’m able to create change and efficiencies almost every day. It’s an exciting time for technology, as new applications appear that can completely change our way of thinking or our way of approaching business problems. The changing landscape of technology means that every day is different, and no two projects are the same. I look at my job as being like building a puzzle – finding the right puzzle piece to fit the right need at the right time. The reward is realized when I’m able to use my experience and resourcefulness to solve a problem.


Week 1: First Impressions

Picture by Steve Paul Photography

What made you decide to pursue your current career or vocation?

I don’t know whether I pursued my career or whether my career found me. I likely would have become a mechanic had I not attained a college scholarship in Electronics Engineering. Building, designing and working with my hands had always come naturally to me. Looking where I am now, it’s still quite similar although the pieces are different. Instead of using bolts, metal and wrenches I use computers, software and technology. I still make time for mechanics as a hobby. Never stray too far from what you love.

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