Bruce Irving

Occupation:  Director of Professional Services, JasperSoft

First Car: Nissan Sentra

Favorite Restaurant: Veritas, New York City, NY

What are three things most people don't know about you?

a). I lead a secret life as a ‘B Tier’ political blogger
b). I participate in several organizations that promote alternative energy
c). I can and sometimes do D.J. charity events

What's been your greatest adventure in life?

Without a doubt, raising my adopted daughter.

What's your best childhood memory?

Climbing Mt. Misery in St. Kitts - without a map!

If you could have a conversation with a person of your choice, past, present or future, who would that person be and why?

H.G. Wells, mostly to tease him about the numerous books that nobody remembers.

What's the hardest thing you've ever done in your life?

Tried to learn Chinese.

Tell us about your favorite hobby.

Right now I’m converting an extensive vinyl music library into digital format.

What are you currently reading? What is your favorite book?

Right now I’m reading “Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why” by Bart D. Ehrman.  My favorite book of all time is “Nausea” by Jean Paul Sartre

Is there a particular place or thing you want to see?

There are so many places I want to see that it’s hard to choose!  However if there was only one more trip I could take, I would go see the Sichuan province in Southern China.

If you could give $10,000 to a charity, what would that charity be and why?

I would contribute to the Nature Conservancy, for the exceptional work they do in bringing various interests together to conserve critical pieces of wildlife habitat.

If you weren't on the professional services career track, what would you be doing?

Producing music.

What is the path that led you to Professional Services/Consulting?

I started out as a software engineer, for which I had little aptitude, was recruited into application engineering, where I prospered, did a brief stint in marketing, then started my own professional services systems integration business.

What advice would you give to a recent graduate who just took a job in professional services?

Stay technical and an individual contributor as long as you possibly can!  Go into management as a last resort