What was your first job?
I waited tables at the Sharraton Hotel Restaurant in Charlottesville, VA in 1993.
Tell us a bit about your responsibilities at this job.
I served food, bussed tables, processed payments. Cleaned the kitchen at the end of the shift, including washing dishes.
How did you get this job?
I knocked on their door, essentially, and asked if they had anything available.
What did you love or hate about it?
I loved tips, because they were immediate reward. I hated the hours because I worked breakfast and had to be there at 5 a.m.
What do you do now?
I am the county administrator for Tazewell County.
What impact, if any, has your first job had on your career or what you do today?
I knew it was a part time short term job for me. I was in law school and knew I would not be doing it for long. I learned waiting tables was hard, physical work. Candidly, it was just as stressful as having a trial in court. When I left I thought about those ladies that were there long term, knowing they would have to do that work day after day, month after month, year after year. Before we do anything at the County Government, I think about whether it would make sense to those ladies to take their tips to pay for it.
What advice would you give yourself if you could go back in time?
This is a deep question. I would probably say take the time to get to know the folks you work with. In reality most people will spend more time in life with their co-workers than their spouses, kids or friends. Since then some of the best friends I have made have been at work. Back then I showed up, clocked in, work my shift, and clocked out.