Jeff Wilhelm

Occupation: Vice President Global Services, Consona Corp.

First Car: Toyota Tercel - Fire Red

Favorite Restaurant: Sycamore Grill - Social Circle, GA.

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

a). I spent 15yrs building and living on small horse farms in GA
b). I’m the first white collar worker in a traditionally blue collar family from Pittsburgh
c) I pretty much dedicate my time to two things: Family and work.  Not much time left for other stuff

What's been your greatest adventure in life?

I left Pittsburgh at 19yrs old, took my first plane flight, and attended the University of Georgia.  For a kid 19 yrs old, it’s a bit scary to show up at school with a suit case and poster of Pittsburgh.

What's your best childhood memory?

Family vacations in Ocean City, NJ.

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

Obviously Jesus would be number 1.

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

Struggling through an unexpected (non life threatening) illness at the age of 30.

Tell us about your favorite hobby.

Boating. We own a little cabin on a lake in Georgia, and there is no better family activity than a day on the lake.

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

I just finished a best seller called Ricochet, and I’m about to start the latest book based on the Jason Bourne character.

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

I would love to see Montana. That sounds a bit under-whelming, but I love the west and Montana is beautiful.

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

Breast Cancer.  We lost a close friend at 32, and it has stuck with me.

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

Building homes.

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

I started my career as a programmer in 1988, then gradually took over development and Pro Services groups

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

Being the best isn’t about your technical prowess. It’s about many things:  tech skills, personal skills, dedication, communication skills, leadership, etc.  You can’t be an A-Player in Professional Services just because you are the best technical person around.