Many of you have learned about the folks who work for Projectline on client assignments by reading our “Consultant of the Month” blog series. But that hasn’t been the complete picture of Projectline by far. To give you more insight into us as a company, I’m absolutely thrilled to continue profiling members of our leadership team. Please meet the incomparable, Gino Desruisseaux.
Q: Where did you grow up? How has your upbringing influenced your character, workstyle, etc.?
I grew up on the southside of Chicago as the son of Haitian immigrants. An engineer and a nurse, my parents instilled in my siblings and me a strong resolve to pursue our interests, work on personal growth, and to forge lasting relationships. My first social experiences were in the midst of a firmly Irish-American Catholic enclave, but as I entered high school, I found myself surrounded by a dizzying array of first-generation Americans. Growing, studying, and gallivanting amongst these kids laid the foundation for my thirst for a diversity of experiences, knowledge, and social circles. Carrying that experience through my collegiate and professional career, I’ve continued to chase and value diversity as a key component for my personal and professional growth.
Q: Why do you love people, and how did your career path lead you to a leadership position at Projectline Services?
I love listening to the things that drive people. A stint in the hospitality industry in Chicago gave me an immense appreciation for service, and for allowing people to fully express themselves. Taking that experience to a software consultancy in Chicago, I was able to quickly establish myself as a resource for my team members to make sense of company policies, issues, and relationships. I like tapping into people’s individual talents and experiences to tackle a problem or process and forge a path towards resolution.
When I heard about the opportunity at Projectline, I was immediately drawn to the company’s mission and culture. As a member of smaller teams for years, the opportunity to join a small mission-driven team looking to revolutionize the future of work was immensely attractive.
Q: What has been your greatest professional accomplishment before Projectline?
I would say that learning the technology side of a software consultancy while implementing account management and business development practices would be my biggest “win” to date. While I’m proud of the value that I brought to that team, I believe the true measure of my success could be gleaned by the collective accomplishments that our team was able to achieve in a myriad of confines on various projects.
Q: What do you want to accomplish here at Projectline?
I want to seamlessly integrate into the team, provide lasting account management value, and help our business surpass growth goals in the coming years. I also want to firmly establish myself as a versatile asset for all facets of our business.
Q: What advice do you have for those who want to thrive in a contingent or remote environment?
Find creative ways to engage. Engage your team, engage your client, and engage yourself. Remote work can be very isolating, and timely check-ins with key members of your projects can prove to provide value not only from a production sense, but from a personal one as well. Consistent engagement with those around you will provide others with visibility into your value and give you feedback on your work.
Above all else, however, self engagement is key. It is important to find balance within the confines of a remote environment. Pursue other interests. Uncover the purpose in your work. Find new challenges and if none exist, ask for them. Forge relationships that center on common interests. Most important, find time for yourself. Step away from your work periodically, and take a breath.
Q: What passions do you have beyond work that might not be obvious?
I’m an avid political junkie and an aging former athlete trying to reclaim the glory days. I try to see live music whenever possible, and I love the hospitality industry.
Q: What’s your favorite…
- Quote: “Miracles happen all the time. We’re here, aren’t we?” – Marilyn Nelson
- Book: Between the World and Me, Ta – Nehisi Coastes
- Area of study in school: Political Science
- Drink: Jeppson’s Malört
Q: What is the best way for people to follow your work and ideas? (LinkedIn, Twitter, IG, Tumblr, SnapChat, personal blog, etc.)