Director of Economic Development Jessica Bullock

This week our Employee Spotlight is on Hutto's Director of Economic Development, Jessica Bullock.
To give you an idea of what makes her tick, we asked some personal and professional questions, and we’re presenting the answers here.

What is your motto or personal mantra? 
Just one?! A positive attitude goes a long way, laugh and smile a little!

What three traits define you?  
An introverted dork with perfectionist tendencies.  I did take the 16 personalities test and apparently I am “The Defender” (ISFJ, -A/-T) and after reading it I would say that’s pretty close!

What is one important skill that you think everyone should have? 
Empathy.  The ability to understand what someone else experiences goes a long way in your personal and professional life.   

What is your favorite local restaurant and the meal you most enjoy eating when there? 
Pizza from Pinthouse on Burnet.  YUM! Great…now I have to go get that for dinner tonight!

What’s the weirdest job you’ve ever had? 
For a semester in undergrad I worked at the ticket booth for the zoo.  Kids would wear sneakers with wheels which weren’t allowed and I just remember trying to pop them out of the shoes and almost hitting my face with the wheel all the time!   

What is your biggest achievement to date – personal or professional? 
Passing my AICP exam! (American Institute of Certified Planners)

What is the best piece of advice you have been given, personally or professionally? 
My dad taught me the value of hard work, goals, and organization.  When I was younger he wrote me a letter and there was a line I will always remember.  “The goals you achieve are determined by the goals you set.  Aim high, look straight ahead, and don’t be afraid of failure”.  I still have to work on the not being afraid of failure part.

How would you describe your day job to a child? 
It’s always fun to hear planners try to explain their job to people who have never heard of the profession.  I guess I would say “see the trees, the buildings, and the roads? I influence why it looks like that”.

How do you keep up with what’s going on in the world? 
Mostly it’s from people who send me articles or fill me in on topics they know that I have an interest in or my mom calling me to freak out about something.  My boyfriend spends a lot of time reading and keeping up with current events.  I normally wait for him to make a sound in happiness, frustration, or anger and then ask for the cliff notes version.

What’s the bravest thing you have ever done? 
I am a bit of a scaredy cat and bravery for me can be as small as trying a sandwich with a condiment.  A couple of weekends ago I went on a hike with my dad and boyfriend.  There was a portion of the trail where you have to jump over a 3-4 foot gap by the waterfall.  It took me 20 minutes because I just imagined all the ways it could go terribly wrong.  Meanwhile, there are a bunch of people around just staring at me waiting for me to go.  Ok maybe it’s not the bravest, but I was terrified and it’s still fresh in my mind!

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