Week 3: Casually Cool
What do you like to do for fun?
When I’m not at work, I’m usually either running, playing beach volleyball or hiking with my wife Amanda and son Max. I enjoy being active and spending time with my family and friends. A perfect weekend typically includes a half marathon, a 100K bike ride, a beach volleyball tournament and 5-10 miles of hiking in the woods with my lovely wife. Our baby boy Max just turned 8 months old, and he already enjoys our active life-style. Last week, we took him for a 13 mile walk. He really enjoyed the first mile, then slept through the last 12! 🙂
Week 2: Workplace Image
What do you find most rewarding about your job?
As a data analyst, I enjoy helping people by designing metrics/dashboards, solving problems, and finding trends in big data. Making important decisions, while challenging, can be much easier when we ask ourselves: “what does the data tell us?” That’s my job. I help our partners, attorneys and management teams to make educated decisions based on simple visualizations of data facts.
Another rewarding aspect of my job is volunteerism. I am involved with several volunteer opportunities that help move my community forward, such as:
- ILTA (International Legal Technology Association): Enhancing the use of technology in the legal industry.
- Battle of the Business benefiting Special Olympics: Served as the WilmerHale coach for two years, then transitioned to become part of the Battle of the Businesses board of directors, organizing and coordinating events and teams.
- Ohio River Road Runners Club: I am a volunteer race director for one of Dayton’s largest races, the Ghost ‘n Goblin 5K. I am also on the ORRRC board of directors, serving over 1700 club members.
I enjoy being a major contributing part of my firm and my community.
Week 1: First Impressions
What made you decide to pursue your current career or vocation?
Growing up, I was always the kid to ask “why?” and “why not?” Although not favorable to parents, this taught me question results and always look for ways to improve existing processes. As a Data Analyst, this is exactly what I do. I graduated from Bethlehem University (in Palestine) with a Bachelor’s degree of Mathematics and Computer Science. In my opinion, the best career for combining Math and IT is data analytics. I extract the data (IT/programming), perform statistical analysis on the data (math), then design charts, metrics, reports and dashboards for a visual of the results (both math and IT). Doing what I enjoy and enjoying what I do, work does not feel like work. Investigating data mysteries can be challenging, but designing new dashboards and reports is always fun. Every day is something new and every task and a different adventure. I believe there is a bright future ahead for data analytics. I look forward to further advancing my career at my firm, moving on to a bigger role as a leader of data analysis initiatives, helping my firm increase revenue and provide better services to clients.