Employee Spotlight – Jeff Parkins

Tell us a little about yourself and what is your role at Acertara?

My name is Jeff, and I am a Wyomingite at heart which is where my wife and I both grew up. We have a one-and-a-half-year-old little girl who is quite the chatter box and keeps us on our toes (plus covers us in pee on occasion, but she’s almost potty trained!). We also have one spoiled dog and one equally spoiled cat at home. My role with Acertara is to develop and produce ultrasound transducers and sensors, and my passion is for startup companies and new product commercialization.

If you could pick one theme for Acertara to turn into a book about the company, what would it be?

Love and Grace. Fundamentally everyone here at Acertara cares about each other individually and the jobs we do. I see daily examples of folks showing each other love, challenging each other to continue to grow and extending grace as we learn. This is what drew me here and makes me excited for the future as we all continue to learn and grow together.

What would people never guess you do in your role?

I make a lot of Mind Maps (https://www.mindmapping.com/). This is the best way I have found to organize and breakdown big elephants (aka problems) into tangible bite size pieces that you can start to take actions on to reach solutions. Unsolicited plug here, I use SimpleMind because it works well and is very cheap compared to other tools out there (https://simplemind.eu/), plus it runs on my tablet so I can use it anywhere I go.

What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?

I love motorcycles, playing music (primarily bass guitar), brewing beer, and being involved with church planting and multiplication. I am blessed that God allows me to use my hobbies to bringing folks together, and just love everyone around me.

Where would you like to travel to?

I dream of someday getting to ride a motorcycle from Alaska all way down to South America, or really any other similarly wild long-distance ride. Iceland would be cool to see too.

Top three life highlights?

First, marrying my awesome wife on a beautiful afternoon in October at a ski lodge in Wyoming. Second would be the birth of our silly and smart daughter Mesa. Last highlight so far in my life would be a trip in 2009 where I spent over a month traveling through all of Israel. I walked the walls of Jerusalem at night, swam in the Dead Sea, and took a boat cruise on the Sea of Galilea. We were able to watch the sunrise over Mt. Sinai in Egypt and walked through Petra in Jordan. Go visit if you get the chance!