Paul is the Business Development Manager in our South Carolina office and has much quite an impact in the time he’s been here! He’s always looking for new ways to connect with our clients and candidates. We’re so thankful to have him on our team. Read on to learn more about Paul…
Meet Employee Spotlight Paul Wheeler
What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?
I once met Joe Pesci, and he gave me a good Italian slap across the face. We parted as friends though.
What is your favorite food? Why did you pick this as your favorite?
Cheese, because it’s cheese.
What are two of your favorite hobbies?
When it comes to hobbies, I dabble in a lot, sort of a jack of all trades…master of some kind of dabbling. Most recently with the pandemic I turned to woodworking and converted a portion of my garage into a woodshop and restored some of my grandfather’s old hand planes. A constant for the past few years is working on an old Land Rover that was supposed to be a project/dream car but is now my daily driver. My goal is to fix it up to take on the TransAmerica Trail. The trail is 5,200 miles off-highway, dirt, and forest road, from Cape Hatteras in the Outerbanks of North Carolina to Port Orford in Oregon.
If you could choose any animal to be, what would it be and why?
A wolf, because they’re both solitary and pack animals.
What gets you out of bed every morning?
My son or daughter running in my bedroom asking for snacks and if I’ll watch cartoons with them. What drives me from then on is the desire to provide them and my wife with the best life possible. It’s just an added bonus that I get to do that through a job that I love and am passionate about; helping people get good solid jobs, that lead to careers so they can do the same for their families.
Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give your younger self?
It is possible to have honesty without integrity, but you need both to succeed in life. Also, don’t give in to the myth of time; you’ll have more time when, or you can do this…or that when you have more time or another time. The myth of time is always telling you that have more or will have more, but you’re only given the time you have, now, so make the best use of it and cherish it while it’s here.
What is your personal mantra?
“Slow is smooth, smooth is fast” and “Two is one, one is none”
When you were younger, what did you want to be when you grew up?
International super spy, or an acquirer of rare antiquities like Indiana Jones.
What kind of activities do you like to do with your friends or family?
Anything outdoors, or new that we can try together.
If you won the lottery and had a million dollars, what would you do with it?
Donate 10% to my church, and not tell anyone that I won.
What was your favorite vacation?
Disneyland. The original does really have a nostalgic, magic feeling
If you could have dinner with any person from any time period, who would it be and why?
Probably Thomas Jefferson or George Washington. I’d ask them what each article and amendment means in their eyes, and how they’re important. I’d ask how/if they apply in today’s world and if there’s anything they’d change or what we (today’s society) might be missing the mark on.
If you were to write a memoir, what would the title be?
Don’t Judge By Cover…Or What You Read In The Middle
What made you want to work where you’re at now?
The opportunity to work at a place where I know and trust my team, and the opportunity to get back into an industry/role that I love.
Before working at your current job, what was the most interesting job you had?
Either a lifeguard or a stockbroker, in both there’s a lot of standing around keeping an eye on everything, and there’s always a potential for sharks.
What do you look forward to most when you walk into work?
Seeing my team, hearing about their families and what’s going on in their lives
What is your favorite thing about your job?
People; the clients we help, the new people I meet when walking into a plant or facility, the people that come through our doors looking for better work, and the team that I get to work with every day.
What’s unique about the culture at your company?
Our culture is about family, respect, and accountability. I don’t have to pick and choose between work and family, and I know that I can count on my team and they can count on me.
What advice would you give to someone looking for a job right now?
Look to find a place that you can see yourself growing at, somewhere
What do you find most rewarding about your job?
Getting to help people find great jobs that can be a career instead of just another position.
What led you to a career in staffing?
I was relocating back to the south from Chicago and I had a buddy that worked at Robert Half. IT staffing wasn’t my thing and I ended up leaving for a specialty firm in about 6 months that focused on warehousing and distribution.
What have you gained from working where you’re at?
A confirmation that great cultures and companies aren’t a myth.
What is your proudest moment at your job?
When we’re able to positively impact our clients’ business. When they reach out and say that our associates are succeeding, or we’ve helped to drive down turnover or filled some skills gap they had it’s a great feeling.