Happy Father’s Day to all of the dads out there! I owe so much to my dad. Among the many things I learned from him, he taught me how to tie my shoelaces, use a computer and how to drive. He also paid for (a lot) of my education, introduced me to some amazing red wines (and still does) and great music, and always put my family first above all else. I thought it would be appropriate to dedicate a blog to none other than my inspiring, well-traveled, pity father, Jupiter.
A little backstory: Mom and Pop raised my sister, Crystal, and I overseas. They moved to Indonesia in 1978 to fulfill their dreams of living and working abroad, not knowing they’d spend the next 16 years raising my sister and I in Sumatra and Java. My family and I also lived in Kingwood, Texas, Tokyo, Japan and Doha, Qatar. I moved to the United States after high school in 2000, but my parents continued to work and travel around the world until just recently.
I recently sent dad some questions about his life and career. As always, thank you for your punctual reply!
How do most people describe you?
As being a listener.
How many countries have you lived in and how many countries have you visited?
I have lived in 7 countries and visited about 60.
Tell me a little bit about what you do for work.
I am an LNG marketer and I negotiate long-term contracts for liquefied natural gas. I’m also am a member of a few industry conference steering committees, which further enhance the LNG business though conferences, seminars, presentations and papers. I enjoy coaching, mentoring and managing talent for the next generation of marketers in my field. Having had almost 40 years of LNG experience allows me to contribute to various technical and commercial aspects of this business.
What are some things you know now that you wish you knew when you were younger?
The importance of networking.
What's your favorite city and why?
Singapore. It’s where you and your sister where born, and where we spent quite a bit of time. It’s a beautiful, clean and exciting city with great shopping and restaurants.
Dead or alive, who do you wish you could meet?
What have been some of the biggest takeaways you’ve learned from working and living overseas?
Flexibility, patience and respect for other cultures.
You highly value etiquette and integrity. What does the world need more of, in your opinion?
We are becoming more multi-cultural and multi-international, and have to evolve and learn how to work and learn in this evolving environment.
What can under-40 employees be doing better in the workplace? And what have you learned from my generation?
Always have a hunger to learn. Reach out and ask questions because the older generations won’t be around much longer.
Where is your favorite place to eat in the whole wide world?
Eating home-cooked meals in your mom’s kitchen.
What’s one of your favorite Father’s Day memories that come to mind?
Celebrating the true meaning of that day; those times when I was celebrating Father’s Day with my family.
Cheers to educating and mentoring the younger generation, Pop!