Meet the Team: Paul Barren

We love each other. No really, we do. We think you should love us, too. Today we are continuing our series that lets you get to know our Army of Awesome. Meet our new-ish Health IT practice group director, Paul Barren.

1. How was your first day of work at ARPR?

Amazing – I loved meeting the full team and getting to know my colleagues. However, my first day at ARPR was also my first time ever using a MacBook – so I was a little “i-disjointed.” After a few Google searches, I’m a self-taught Mac pro!

2. What song best describes your work ethic?

“She Works Hard for the Money,” Donna Summer. Seriously, this is the first song that came to mind and I wouldn’t change it – perhaps because it’s a testament to my tendency of prioritizing client work over my personal life.

3. Describe your ultimate sandwich?

Grilled cheese with tomato and bacon all the way, baby!!

4. Which two celebrities (dead or alive) would you pick to be your parents?

George Washington and Madonna. It would be an interesting life.

5. What is your biggest non-work related achievement?

In the 8th grade, I won an essay writing contest about patriotism and got to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. Runner-up achievement: I haven’t had cable TV in the past eight years.

6. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A Negative Nancy. It takes so much more for someone to find something positive about a situation and most can’t/don’t want to put in the effort.

7. Describe yourself in 3 words.

Witty, observant, compartmental.

8. Your life would be meaningless without…

My family, friends and my mini-schnauzer pup, Lincoln.

9. Favorite board game?

Mousetrap. Doesn’t require much strategy, but it’s fun to build something.

10. Where did you grow up?

Las Cruces, New Mexico in the Rio Grande Valley overlooking the Organ Mountains—truly a sight to see each day.

11. Favorite thing about the tech industry…

I am fascinated by how technology is always evolving and excited to see what’s next. It’s also interesting to me to study how things were before these technological advancements.

12. If you could bring one piece of technology to a remote island, which would it be?

A hairdryer. Just kidding! Probably my smartphone with a good battery pack.

13. If you were a Star Wars character, which would you be?

A Luke who aspires to be a charming Hans.

14. What would I find in your refrigerator right now?

A BRITA water filter, eggs and turkey pepperoni.

15. How would you explain what the Internet is to your 5-year old nephew in one sentence?

It’s an invisible spiderweb that connects you to nearly everything, so you can talk and find out stuff.