You never know WHO you could be sitting beside in that next planning meeting or conference… THE ENGINEER: SAM HUFFMAN Sales Manager at the North American Division of SECOP GmbH Moving from Pittsburgh, PA following high school to attend college at Georgia Tech, Sam Huffman graduated with a Mechanical Engineering degree in 2007. While his family still resides in the Pittsburgh area, Huffman stayed close to his alma mater post-graduation, choosing to take up residence in the metro Atlanta area. Huffman is currently the Sales Manager for the North American division of SECOP GmbH, an advanced compressor technology company based out of Germany that serves countries all across the globe. THE MASTER TAILGATER: Following graduation in 2007, Huffman, along with fellow Tech alumnus Christian Shea, and five other Georgia Tech alumni, decided to purchase a 1977 Pierce fire engine off of eBay. While many friends were staying around the Atlanta area, grad schools and jobs were taking several to different areas of the country. “A lot of us had graduated and were purchasing season tickets to the next year’s football games; we thought that this would be a fun, unique way to maintain friendships and a great experience to celebrate Georgia Tech’s engineering heritage.” The fire engine, which has been vinyl wrapped in a GT theme, is stamped with the phrase “Sent on a Mission from Dodd,” as an ode to both the Blues Brothers and Georgia Tech’s Bobby Dodd Stadium. The truck is set up about a block from the stadium where the loyal tailgaters, known as the “Grant Field Volunteer Fire Department,” come to enjoy the tricked-out tailgate vehicle on game days. Originally purchased for $2,800, the fire engine has since been outfitted with beer taps in the truck’s cargo compartments, surroundsound speakers, flat screen TV and extra bench seating on top. The truck has even been featured in the Wall Street Journal and the College Football Hall of Fame. HOW DOES YOUR ALTER EGO IMPACT YOUR EVERYDAY LIFE? “When it’s not football season, the truck stays in storage, but as soon as fall rolls around, tailgating with the truck provides an opportunity to break away from the grind of everyday life. As season ticket holders, we’re out there tailgating every home game; it’s an opportunity to meet new people who stop by to see the truck. It also helps us keep up with friends who have started families and now bring their spouses and children to enjoy Georgia Tech football tailgating. It’s all about the comradery and maintaining relationships.” ANY ADVICE FOR OTHER ENGINEERS ABOUT STRIKING A BALANCE? “Maintain priorities. Work is a critical part of everyone’s life, but it isn’t everything. While a lot of focus and effort should (and does) go into my job, I think everyone has to take time for themselves to focus on other priorities and interests.”
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