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Paul Pierce

Paul Pierce

Vice President of Development Services

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“Like many technologists, I wish “geek” was a formal language.”

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What technological innovation in the last few years are you the most excited about?

The temptation is to boldly state any one of the exciting, cutting edge wearable devices as the top innovation because they bring the end consumer closer to providers and promote healthier living; both of which are key to better outcomes. However, the quiet buzz around ambient energy may very well be the innovation that alters the way people live by forever altering the way designers and consumers view the potential of our carried and wearable devices.

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How many languages do you speak?

Like many technologists I wish “geek” was a formal language, but for now English is my one and only spoken language.

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What was the last good book you read?

I have read and reread my favorite book, which inspires me to push harder, Shadow Divers, by Robert Kurson. In the realm of professional reading, Code Complete, by Steve McConnell, is the premier book for technologists.

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What was your first paying job?

Aside from my cash-only mowing operation of one, my maiden voyage into the workforce was as a telemarketer, though I wasn’t all that good.

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What was your favorite college course?

Systems Analysis and Design. It was the first course that tied solution architecture, business and “art” analysis together.

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If you could have lunch with any person, living or dead (other than a relative) who would it be?

Thomas Jefferson, though I’d consider Sheck Exley if I could go diving with him after we finished our meal.

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How did you get started in this industry?

In studying Architectural Engineering, I discovered information technology offered a unique intersection of creative, logical and innovative, leading me to change degrees to Computer Information Systems where I could build systems that change the way we live.

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What chore do you absolutely hate doing?

Ironing, I like my shirts pressed a particular way, but lack the know-how to get them perfect myself.

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What is your favorite drink?

Sweet Tea, no matter the season.

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Why were you given your name?

Paul is my great-grandfather’s name.

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Do you have any hidden talents?

Exploration Cave Diving. It isn’t a popular hobby, but it may be the thing I do better than anything else.

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If you could live during any time period, which would it be?

Today, we live in an exciting innovative time.

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Are you a morning person or a night owl?

Morning, for getting stuff done while the world is quiet.