10 candid career questions with PPP professionals – Jeff Delmon

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Welcome to the “10 Candid Career Questions” series, introducing you to the PPP professionals who do the deals, analyze the data, and strategize on the next big thing. Each of them followed a different path into PPP practice, and this series offers an inside look at their backgrounds, motivations, and choices. Each blogger receives the same 15 questions and answers 10 or more that tell their PPP career story candidly and without jargon. We believe you’ll be as surprised and inspired as we were.  

1. What was your first job?
First I was a bus boy (clearing tables at a restaurant), then moved to dishwasher, then server, then prep cook—a distinguished part-time career in food preparation. First full-time job was as a lawyer in Paris.
2. What do your family members think you do all day at work?
Not a clue, though they think it is hilarious that grown-ups sit around all day saying “P-P-P” and no one starts giggling. (What do you really do all day at work?) Have fun, learn, be amused, and help people.
3. What is your go-to industry website?
I have three: the Dilbert cartoon website (so true!), Google, and PPPIRC - it has lots of useful contracts, checklists and laws.
4. Do you have a personal motto that you live by?
Chill out, love your neighbor, do your best, then let it go. It will all work out, though usually not the way you planned.
5. What are you shocked to hear yourself say when you give advice to young professionals?
“Back when I was young…” When did I become my Dad?
6. What is the most rewarding thing you have experienced in the course of PPP practice?
Every time someone I have been teaching asks a question or makes a comment that shows they have learned and surpassed what I have taught, it’s awesome!
7. What is the most surprising thing you have experienced in the course of PPP practice?
How difficult governments and other big organizations make it for their staff to deliver.
8. If PPP were a food, what would it be?
A pizza – before you get to the cheese and the toppings, you have to diligently knead the dough, toss it, roll it out, and of course, prepare the sauce. It is all about the preparation, the things you don’t necessarily see, but make a pizza special.
9. If PPP were a life event, what would it be?
Marriage – preparation is essential, but as important is your commitment, working at the relationship each day, finding solutions, common ground, letting each partner play the roles that fit with their strengths and passion.
10. What do you want to be when you grow up?
A professional beach volleyball player, a jet fighter pilot, or bass player in a blues band. I haven’t decided yet.

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Jeff Delmon

Senior PPP Specialist

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