Have you Met Eric Spence?

Recruitment Specialist – Tecumseh, MI

1.Where are you from?

I was born and raised in Hillsdale, which is located in South Central Michigan. After spending my college years in Grand Rapids, I spent ten years in the Chicagoland area before moving back to Michigan. Today I live just Northwest of Toledo in Tecumseh, Michigan.

2. Tell us about your family.

I live nearby my long-term girlfriend, Lisa. She has two children that I consider my own (Sabrina 21 and Vin 15). Within my immediate family, both of my parents are retired and still live in the Hillsdale area. I also have a sister that lives in the Atlanta area.

3.What is your favorite part about GPRS?

I have two favorite things that come to mind. First, I enjoy coming into an office where there is a true sense of family and comradery. Most of my career was spent working for very large firms where I did not see this level of care and teamwork within the organization. Second, I really enjoy working at a company that is growing and building so dynamically like GPRS. Each day drawing a sense of accomplishment from watching our new employees grow and build their careers.

4.What GPRS core value do you identify with and why?

Out of all of our core values, I most identify with Integrity. I see integrity as the wholeness inside ourselves that governs every choice we make. It also stands as a backbone that others see when we work professionally with each other. Concepts that we seek such as trust, honesty, and work ethic all stem from internal integrity. It is one of the first things that I look for when interviewing a candidate.

5.What was your first job? What did you like and dislike about it?

My first job was working on a turkey farm when I was 12 years old. My favorite part? Earning money for the first time. My least favorite part of the job was wearing a rubber suit and getting attacked by very territorial birds when it was time to harvest.

6.What weird food combinations do you really enjoy?

I enjoy eating cottage cheese mixed with croutons and shredded cheese. It’s a very bad habit so I try to limit anyone else watching me eat that concoction.

7.What social stigma does society need to get over?

The biggest social stigma society needs to get over is judging a book by its cover. Too often people look at a name or outward appearance in order to make all kinds of assumptions. It is important to know that we all have talents and gifts. Until you have a chance to actually speak with someone, you never really know what knowledge or abilities they possess.

8.What is the most interesting documentary you’ve ever watched?

It would be difficult to pick out a most interesting documentary. This is my favorite movie category overall. I will watch any documentary that is historical, biographical, or true crime.

9.What are some red flags to watch out for in daily life?

Never confuse action with movement, never mistake knowledge for wisdom, and never eat the discount doughnuts at the gas station.

10. When you are old, what story will your children retell about you?

I have many funny and embarrassing experiences that will never be repeated at work. However I am sure my kids will always tell stories about my Saturday obsession with Grand Valley football.

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