Deem Employee Spotlight: Paul Houle

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Paul Houle is our Senior Director, Global Services & Support at Deem. He recently celebrated his 3rd work anniversary and is instrumental to our customers’ success. Here, we’ll learn more about him – both professional and personal – and get a glimpse into what makes him tick.

Describe yourself in three words. Optimistic, Persistent, Tireless

What is one thing you couldn’t live without? My Family – wife and 3 children

Where is the best place you’ve traveled to and why? Los Roques – islands off the coast of Caracas, Venezuela – being placed on your own small island for the day with your spouse, two beach chairs, a beach umbrella and a cooler full of goodies – ultimate relaxation. I’ve not been that relaxed before or since.

What’s the best part about working at Deem and how long have you been here? Where did you come from before Deem? The best part about working at Deem are the people. The people make all the difference in any organization and we’re like one big family. We’re always there for each other and provide assistance without being asked. I’ve been at Deem three years and came from the procurement and spend management space having worked for companies like Ariba, Procuri and Iasta.

Where would we find you on a typical Saturday afternoon? Anywhere outside! This time of year at my children’s sporting activities, picking apples, yard work – you name it, just get me outside.

What are you passionate about? Life in general, raising our 3 children and the New England Patriots

What does true leadership mean to you? Serving Others – a true leader surrounds themselves with good dependable hard-working people and spends every waking minute making sure their team has everything they need to be successful. It means rolling up your sleeves and never asking someone to do something you haven’t already done before or willing to do if required. It’s someone who listens first to understand, takes the appropriate time to weigh all options and determines the best path forward and commits to it – never afraid of failure, but always learning from each experience and the experience of others.

What has been the most important innovation you have witnessed in your lifetime? The advancement in medical prosthesis. To witness individuals with missing limbs gain a renewed sense of freedom and compete in sporting events like track & field is simply remarkable.

What is the best book you have ever read? The Count of Monte Cristo

Who do you look up to? Anyone who overcomes adversity.

Tell us something that might surprise us about you. I love to write.

If you could travel back and tell your younger self-anything, what would it be?Be yourself, always focus on your strengths, plead with your dad to buy that inexpensive lakefront property from your grandparents and buy tons of Amazon and Google stock.