Our employee spotlight series shines a light on Echoites and the important work they do. Get to know this week’s Echoite, Jon Reynolds!
Name: Jon Reynolds
Job Title: Director – Data Science
How would you describe your role in one sentence?
Help provide solutions when people say, “it would be really cool if we could…”
What was your path to your current role?
I’ve been in oil and gas for 15 years. I started out in an entry-level position making prints at Baker Hughes, and fell in love with geology and the pursuit of learning. My career has been filled with brilliant, driven people who have enjoyed solving problems and tackling challenges. Each stop on my career journey has taught me a different lesson and I’ve always been excited to take on a new role or project.
What is your favorite part about working at Echo?
I enjoy the small company feel with the resources of a large company.
What is your favorite part about your role?
The role enjoyably requires learning and combining new information all the time. I get to work with subsurface data, spatial analysis, accounting and asset management, all while trying to keep up with the latest trends in technology.
How have you managed to stay focused during remote work?
By having a schedule and remembering to exercise. It’s very easy for me to get lost in the hours of the day, so I plan parts of the day to be with my family. I also close the door of my home office. When the door is closed, the kids know I’m working. If the door is open (usually by accident), the kids come in and bring their stories and questions with them!
What person, living or dead, do you admire most and why?
Theodore Roosevelt was a remarkable person. From the start of his life, he forced himself to become better in the face of a challenge. When he was diagnosed with asthma, he took up a great deal of physical exercise to strengthen his lungs. When shot in the chest during a speech, he spoke for another 84 minutes before his colleagues forced him to seek medical attention. He traveled to Africa and had adventures, much like the fictitious character, Allan Quatermain.
What is the number one item on your bucket list?
My wife and I love food and travel shows, so I’d like to travel to a quiet, beautiful place and eat great food that I don’t know the names of. I’d love to eat food on a sailing yacht off the coast of the French Riviera or get fresh egg noodles from a floating market in Thailand. Eventually, I’d like to write a novel from the stories I’ve collected.
What was the last book you read?
Just finished Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, which led me to read Othello by William Shakespeare. Currently reading Escape from the Ordinary by Julie Bradley, and up next are some plays by Anton Chekhov and Moby Dick (finally!).
Where do you like to volunteer?
My wife and I fostered two babies over the period of sixteen months. I greatly appreciate places like the Infant Crisis Center and the support they provide to families in need. Hospice is another charity that is near and dear to my heart.