Meet Billy Davis! His competitive spirit, commitment to lifelong learning, and deep appreciation for the area we live in are just a few things that make him a rock-star member of the ETS Team. Did we mention he is leading the charge on ETS’ new data initiatives and capabilities? Check out this video to learn all about why you should get to know Billy. Then set up a meeting with him to find out how our powerful data-driven staffing solutions can help you achieve your goals.
How did your recruiting role develop into your new data role at ETS?
That is a great question – it really started to snowball over time. Throughout my time as a recruiter I searched for ways to do things more efficiently. I started playing around in our software and saw there was generally a lot of customization available. During several conversations with colleagues and long brainstorming strolls during lunch I began compiling a running list of inefficiencies and possible solutions. I also began to think about all of the information we capture and how we could leverage that to be able to provide additional value for our candidates and clients. Combining both of those together was phase 1 of my position and it has only taken off from there!
Have you always been a data geek? (in the nicest way possible)
Haha no offense taken! I’ve always excelled at math and technology related endeavors and I have a burning passion for efficiency – one of my favorite things to do is min/max. That is to gain the maximum benefit from the minimum amount of resources spent – efficiency in a nutshell. Naturally that passion has led me to this current role and to excel at all sorts of games. My family enjoys playing board, card, and computer games so I have plenty of practice. I am extremely competitive so it creates an interesting dynamic – one in which I win almost everytime – even if it is a game I just learned. Typically a family member will explain a new game to everyone else and I won’t listen – I will head right to the game rules and derive the best strategy from that.
What’s your favorite part of the Champlain Valley
I’d say familiarity. It is home. My family is here, I’ve started my own family here, and I have a wonderful network of experiences and people that have positively impacted my life. One of my biggest goals is to be able to give back to the area and positively shape the region’s future.
Any claims to fame? Maybe you won an air guitar contest or won a lifetime supply of Ben & Jerry’s in a raffle? Or what’s one thing people would never know about you?Oh boy – I am full of surprises. People that know me in this role only typically have no idea about any of the other endeavors in life. I’ve played professional baseball, coached professional baseball, played online poker at an extreme level, worked at an Art museum, and the list goes on and on! I consider myself a lifelong learner and hope to obtain the level of polymath at some point in life.
What’s one thing you think businesses should know about your new role and our data capabilities?
The biggest thing is that it is not business as usual. We are rapidly evolving. It is exciting to be leading the charge on these new initiatives and capabilities.
What’s a superpower you’ve always wanted and how would you use this power?
Wow – great question. Fun fact – I used to have some racing mind issues that prevented me from sleeping and part of the solution was a variation of this exact question! For the longest time I have gone back and forth between three different superpowers.
1) Regeneration (think wolverine) – it’d be awesome – you’d never die – you’d never age.
2) Telepathy (think Professor X or Jean Grey) – reading minds – moving objects – levitation – flight – the possibilities are pretty much endless.
3) Chronokinesis – time control/manipulation – time is the most scarce resource we have – controlling it would be pretty awesome.
But lately I have been thinking about a superpower that I’m pretty sure doesn’t exist. It would be the ability to go inside one’s own body, control internal processes, and unlock the whole human capability potential. So for example if you could go in and have brain synapses happen wherever you wanted – unlock the memory center of your brain so you’d never forget anything – you could control cell destruction/formation so you could regenerate/eradicate illness/destroy disease etc. I imagine there would be some electromagnetic powers you could make work too.
What’s your favorite restaurant?
I’ve worked at Texas Roadhouse for 5+ years so this might be the easiest answer. While I am not contractually obligated to answer this way it is by far my favorite restaurant. I am a sucker for a great steak but more importantly the owner/management have been so good to me. They treat employees phenomenally and are passionate about doing things the right way. Great food and great people is a fantastic combination.
What was your first impression walking into ETS?
After my first couple of conversations with members of ETS I remember feeling like I had unlocked a whole new knowledge of the area. I grew up and lived here virtually all my life but had no idea the scope of opportunity and companies that were in the area. Very eye opening.