Dave is a Senior Technical Solutions Coordinator and has been with PMG for more than 5 years. He is also the Commissioner of our annual PMG Fantasy Football League and the organizer of our (pre-COVID) weekly trivia contests!
About Dave R…
I was born in Illinois, and raised in Minnesota, so I am a Midwestern boy at heart. I was a teacher for much of my life before coming to PMG. I am still an avid history nerd. I enjoy outdoor athletics of all kinds, but love going to movies in a theater. I am married, for almost 4 years, with our first child on the way now. I could not be happier to see what 2021 will bring us!
What do you like most about working for PMG?
PMG is a smaller company but we do big things every year. We work as a team, top to bottom, and everyone buys into the process. It’s nice to work with people who are great at their jobs, and share the same passion as I do.
What are your main responsibilities as a Senior Technical Solutions Coordinator?
As a Technical Solutions Coordinator, I am responsible for finding new, qualified technicians to work projects for our company. On a daily basis I am responsible for interviewing candidates, sourcing job search engines, contacting references, working through logistics/travel items, and other assorted communications, meetings, and paperwork.
What do you like most about your job?
Every day I work for a company whose goal is to find quality jobs for people looking to travel (and to find quality people for those jobs). In a sense I ‘sell’ people jobs and I stand behind the positions we offer.
What did you do prior to working at PMG?
I taught middle school/high school social studies for years. I originally took a part-time job here for a summer and that ended up turning into a full-time opportunity. Almost six years later now and I’ve enjoyed all of it.
What advice would you give to a recent new hire at PMG?
Listen, take notes, and don’t be afraid to do outside research. Much of our work is based on knowing the positions we offer, inside and out, so industry knowledge is highly important!
What are some career lessons you’ve learned thus far?
I’ve learned that there is definitely more than one way to get something accomplished. Also, you need to listen and take advice as it is given. Working as a team makes it a lot easier to think as a team, and that is where we find success.
What did you want to be when growing up?
I wanted to be a paleontologist. I loved dinosaurs growing up, but actually went to school for engineering originally.
What animal best describes you at work?
A moose. I am a Northern creature. I am stout and steady. And, when I’m on a roll, it’s a good idea to get out of my way!
What are some hobbies you do in your free time?
I am an AVID sports fan! I like to read (usually history), love live music, and I like to cook too. You will often find me at various beer festivals occasionally as well.
Where is the best place you’ve traveled and why?
For me (and my wife) it’s Kona, Hawaii, also known as ‘The Big Island’. It’s our favorite place on Earth, and we have traveled a LOT together.
What celebrity/inspirational person do you admire the most?
Nelson Mandela. He was imprisoned for 27 years due to apartheid in South Africa and, when he was released and then elected President, he ONLY spoke of healing and unity rather than revenge and bitterness. I don’t know if I could do that, but he did and the world is a better place for it.
You’re happiest when…
I am laughing with my wife. She and I are expecting out first child this spring, so any time we get together is literally the happiest moments of my life.
What’s your favorite restaurant and your must-order there?
I love good Mexican food but, since moving back to Minnesota from Arizona eight years ago, I have not found a good (great?) spot yet! So, I stick to local foods. My personal favorite is the 5-8 Club. They are the home to the ORIGINAL Juicy Lucy (a cheeseburger with the cheese stuffed inside and melted). But I say what you MUST get is actually their Poppa’s-style wings with blue cheese. If you don’t like it, it’s on me!