Getting to Know Michael Wheeler

  1. Where are you from?
    Born and raised in the great state of Georgia.
  3. Tell us about your family.
    They’re great! I don’t know if “cookie cutter” is the right answer but, well, they are pretty cookie cutter… haha.
  5. What is your favorite part about GPRS?
    My favorite part of GPRS is the culture. I can only speak really for those I have met at corporate and here in the Southeast Region but if the culture in these two areas speaks for the rest, it’s excellent. I have only ever been treated with respect and I truly feel like I am heard and if you work hard GPRS will take care of you.
  7. What GPRS core value do you identify with and why?
    Good question and hard one to answer as all 5 core values are important for us to all identify with. But if one had to stand out, I would choose mutual respect. That falls into my favorite part about GPRS. Personally, for me respect falls high on the list of qualities I look for in a person or company and GPRS handles mutual respect better than any I have seen.
  9. What was your first job?
    What did you like and dislike about it? I got my first job when I was 16 at Dairy Queen. What I liked and disliked are the exact same, Ice Cream. I worked there all through high school and I loved ice cream when I started and absolutely despised it by the end. Sad, I know.
  11. What weird food combinations do you really enjoy?
    I don’t know if I have a weird food combo, but I typically can mix all my food together on a plate and it won’t bother me. My wife can’t have her food touch so for her my eating habits are quite weird.
  13. What social stigma does society need to get over?
    That’s a heavy question. I am going to brag on my wife here for a bit. My wife is a physics major with a focus in astrophysics. A stigma she faces often is the fact that culture perceives the STEM field as a male only field, which it heavily is. I am biased but my wife is the smartest person I know, and she will bring an amazing perspective to her field. So, the stigma that women cannot make it in a STEM career is one that society needs to get over.
  15. What is the most interesting documentary you’ve ever watched?
    Oh, I love documentaries. I don’t know if this is the most interesting, but I just watched the one on Mr. Rogers called Won’t You Be My Neighbor. I didn’t watch Mr. Rogers growing up but I cried through 80% of the documentary. What a wonderful human being.
  17. What are some red flags to watch out for in daily life?
    Probably all of them. But seriously anything that affects your mental health.
  19. When you are old, what story will your children retell about you?
    Well I have no children yet but when I do, I hope my children will say that their father was a good man. That’s good enough for me. Also, I don’t know if you watch This Is Us but Jack is father goal.

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