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The Mesa Group Employee Spotlight

Ten Questions

Meet Gary Wood

What do you do in a day?

My day-to-day activities vary depending on client and Mesa needs. Generally, I’m used in a technical support role for client issues. I troubleshoot client issues, perform system analysis, and development. I’m also the Manager of Technical resources at Mesa, where I help my coworkers by assigning technical resources to match client requests. In my spare time, I get to support the Mesa user’s PC and Server issues.

Who Inspires You?

As a kid, I was a huge fan of the space program and science fiction. I still am. I’ve taken many trips to Kennedy Space center which is a few hours from my home. I was lucky enough to be miles away from the launch of Apollo 17 which was the only night launch of the Saturn V. What inspires me? The push to explore the unknown and the daring men and women that help to push those boundaries.
Kennedy Space Center

What’s the best thing about your job?

I like the fact that I get to wear multiple hats. I’m usually not doing the same tasks every day. One moment I may be troubleshooting a client issue on their system. The next moment, I’m analyzing something that another Mesa employee will develop and implement. I’m always learning. Variety is the spice of life.

What’s the best thing about The Mesa Group?

It’s the lifestyle I’m able to live. Mesa has allowed me the flexibility to adjust my schedule to better fit what works for me and the client. I’m not an early bird type of person but I will work later than most. I have the flexibility to work the hours I want and also take time to have a social life.

What do you like to do when you’re not at the office?

I’m a fan of classic arcade games and pinball machines. I like to buy, restore and play these classics from the 80’s. I currently have 7 pinball machines and 7 classic arcade games.

In five words, or less, what advice do you have for others in your profession?

Be open to alternate ideas.

If you could have dinner with one person, alive or dead, who would it be?

It’s tough to narrow it down to one area or field and just one person so I’ll give you two. One is alive and one has passed. I think it would be great to have dinner with Buzz Aldrin or Pete Conrad. Buzz was the 2nd man on the moon during Apollo 11. Pete was the 3rd man on the moon during Apollo 12. Both have great perspectives and stories about what it was like during the 60’s Space Race. Both appear to be great guys and would be fantastic to visit with.

What is the best vacation you have had?

What’s a vacation? Being in Florida we are blessed with all sorts of opportunities for fun activities so picking a single one is hard. I guess one of the best was a few years ago when several of us rented a cabin in the mountains of north Georgia. It was very relaxing to just get away from everything for a while. Or my only trip to Vegas several years ago but what happens in Vegas…

What’s been one of your proudest moments working at The Mesa Group?

Being chosen as a Mesa Employee Spotlight. There are only a select few that get that honor. If not that, then having a difficult project finally come to completion. That’s always a great feeling.

Gary Wood | gwood@themesagroup.com | 469-718-7453

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Shannon Peabody
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Created with images by Luis Villasmil - "Workteam" • Matt Benson - "Truly an awesome sight when approaching the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The solid rocket boosters tower over the surrounding marsh." • Nick Fewings - "Never a truer word spoken about both work and life in general. I saw this sign at a Thai Festival held annually in Poole, Dorset, UK" • Kyle Nieber - "Adult Arcade" • AbsolutVision - "Things to do" • History in HD - "Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin walks on the surface of the moon on July 20, 1969, in a photograph taken by Neil Armstrong." • Kenrick Mills - "untitled image" • Guido Coppa - "untitled image" • Lili Kovac - "untitled image" • Mason Summers - "An industrial style lamp against a grey background. "