This month, our Project Nia team had the pleasure of sitting down with Arturo Paniagua, an assistant manager on our team to discuss success and business. As an assistant manager on our team, Paniagua is tasked with leading the troops and making sure business runs smoothly. He makes it his number one priority to set each of his team members up for success each day, both in the office and out in the field. Paniagua has been with the team since July 15th, 2017, and was born in Waukegan, Illinois. He later moved to Houston, which brought him just a bit closer to our San Antonio office where he would build his career. We are proud to follow and work alongside Arturo, and are thrilled to see where he goes in the future.
Were you primarily raised in Waukegan?
“No, I moved to Houston, Texas when I was young.”
How would your parents have described you as a kid?
“I went ahead and asked my mother, Carmen, directly, here’s what she said,
‘Well, I would say social and outgoing. I wouldn’t say you were studious, but you were smart, and you picked things up quickly. You liked a challenge. You got bored quickly if you weren’t kept busy.’”
Were you in any sports or extracurriculars?
“I played basketball shortly during middle school.”
How did that competitive environment help develop you?
“The teamwork and synergy of being on a sports team really helped mold my concept of teamwork and defining what winning actually meant.”
Did you have any idea you would end up in this field?
“I knew I would end up doing something involving people because I love socializing and creating new relationships.”
Tell us about your college experience.
“I studied at the University of Houston in the Cullen School of Engineering.”
What is one life experience that you feel has shaped you?
“Seeing my mother raise my brother and I alone really showed me what it was to be relentless and how to get the job done by any means necessary.”
What is something we might not know about you by just looking at you?
“I love watching anime in my free time.”
What were your first thoughts when starting with the company?
“My first thoughts about starting this company was how energetic and positive everyone was. Something unique I noticed was the diversity of everyone working here.”
How would you describe the culture at your company?
“It’s motivating and has a competitive drive that makes one want to do their best.”
What has been your best memory with the company?
“My best memory is definitely when we rented out a party barge on Lake Travis and all hung out on our day off.”
What is something you’ve learned through your work you didn’t know before?
“I’ve learned so much from knowing how to tie a proper knot on a tie all the way to interviewing and coaching different types of people.”
How has this career changed you as a person?
“It’s helped me build my professional and personal life and learn how to balance the two.”
What are your goals with the company?
“My goal is to open my own branch and provide an opportunity to those looking to further their career in and outside of work.”
Do you have any mentors inside/outside of work?
“I would definitely say Dezmund Herron has definitely filled that role and given me useful advice when needed.”
What do you do for fun when you’re not working?
“I’m definitely a nerd at heart so I enjoy video games keeping up with a few shows. I factor that into weekly planning for guilt-free activities.”
It’s easy to see why we love our team so much, and Arturo Paniagua is a big part of that. Arturo, thank you for leading our team to success and helping us grow. The past two years have been a pleasure, and we are ready for many more!