Employee Spotlight: Paul Dustin
Paul Dustin, CADD Technician, and Summer House Dreamer
1. What drew you to Hoyle, Tanner?
My career prior to working here was spent at engineering firms whose work was primarily state DOT based. As interesting as those projects can be, I was always drawn to the municipal projects because of the varying array of projects and the ability to work closely with clients to provide a more personal experience. I had always known that Hoyle, Tanner not only provided those things, but it was a great place to work. So, when a former coworker and Hoyle, Tanner employee called me about an opportunity to work here, I did not hesitate.
2. What’s something invaluable you’ve learned here?
That the value of teamwork and mutual respect will lead to a great work experience.
3. What’s your favorite time of year to work at Hoyle, Tanner?
Autumn. That’s when many of the projects are either winding down or wrapping up. It’s a rewarding feeling to look back at a years’ worth of submissions and see all the interesting structures I worked on, and how cool it will be to see them built the following summer.
4. What’s the coolest thing you are working on?
I am currently working on an emergency culvert replacement that has allowed the team to investigate and implement some cool out-of-the-box ideas.
5. What’s the best thing that’s happened to you so far this week?
My son Charlie spent the day with me at work. It was an awesome day.
6. How many different states have you lived in?
I have only lived here in New Hampshire.
7. If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life what would it be?
Ribeye steak grilled to perfection, a baked potato and my favorite pale ale.
8. What kind of pet do you have and how did you choose to name it?
We do not have a pet currently but are looking to get a dog very soon. We used to have a cat and his name was Hoffman.
9. What is a fun or interesting fact about your hometown?
I grew up in Hillsborough, NH which is the birthplace of the 14th president of the United States, Franklin Pierce. My personal favorite is there used to be a railroad covered bridge that was near my house. I have fond memories growing up of walking it with my dad.
10. What are three things still left on your bucket list?
1. Have a summer place on Newfound Lake
2. Travel to Ireland
3. Finally complete the 4,000 footers
11. Name three items you’d take with you to a desert island
Food, water, and my family
12. What characteristic do you admire most in others?
A good sense of humor with the ability to laugh at themselves
13. How old is the oldest item in your closet?
My favorite flannel shirt, which is nearing 20 years old
14. Words to live by? Favorite quote?
“If you tell people where to go, but not how to get there, you’ll be amazed at the results.” – George S. Patton
15. What did you want to be when you were growing up?
Architect – I graduated college, life happened and I found my way to designing and detailing bridges, which I truly enjoy.
16. If you were to skydive from an airplane what would you think about on the way down?
I have skydived out of a plane, and on the way down I was thinking, “What in the world did I just do?” But it was a very cool experience.