Getting to Know Michael Wheeler

  1. Where are you from?
    Born and raised in the great state of Georgia.
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  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.
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  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.
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  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.
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  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.
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  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.
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  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.
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  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.
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  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.
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  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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