Employee Spotlight: Julie Walker

 

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Name: Julie  Walker 

Current Position:
 President

How long have you been with Prévu?
Since 2006 (I sort of started the company)

Where are you from?
Houston!

What do you enjoy most about what you do?
#1, Hearing the words of our clients “Are you for real? “ and “This is amazing, thank you!” Secondly, working with my incredible team, they humble me and I’m so grateful for all of them.


What makes Prévu unique or special compared to previous work experiences?
This is an easy question. Owning a company is new to me. I’m committed to being the leader and employer that I always wanted to have and I’ve learned it’s not always an easy job!


What do you feel is the most important aspect of your job?
  Making good decisions. My decisions affect our clients, the staff and the future of the company. That’s a huge responsibility.


What is the most challenging part of your job?
  Making good decisions! Some days it’s very difficult because you know you may make somebody unhappy but you know it’s for the greater good of the client or the company.


Favorite organizational item?
I love bamboo drawer organizers and ribbed shelf liner. Really, anything that breaks up large spaces into smaller spaces so that they are completely organized. 


What are your top 3 tips for someone moving?
 1) Try and look at it from a high level, approach it as you would a project at work (with less emotion); 2) Get as organized as you can before a move, once the movers arrive it’s mass chaos point forward (unless you hire us); 3) Seriously, hire us and get rid of the stress!


What are your hobbies?
Right now it’s our “fixer upper” lake house. It was built in 1983 and hasn’t had an update since then and needs a lot of work.


What was the best vacation you ever took?
We love St. John, USVI. It’s our get-away place, we try and go once a year to really get away from it all.


What’s your favorite coffee/food joint in the neighborhood where you’re now working?
We are in Tomball and I love going to all the shops “downtown”. Cisco’s Salsa Company is one of our favorites.

 

What are you personal interests / hobbies? I have arrived at the time in life where I want to spend as much time as I can with my grandchildren. They are the most amazing blessing to me and I can’t get enough of them.

 

What was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?  I have to say that for me, moving the labs at Rice University into the Brockman Hall for Physics was incredibly challenging and one that I still shake my head at and wonder “how on earth did we do that?” We are getting ready to move a new client that partners with NASA on the space station and that will be another very cool project. Stay tuned!

 

What is one thing you couldn’t live without? My toothbrush.

 

What is your biggest pet peeve? Bad table manners make me nuts.

 

What is your favorite movie and book? Movie: “Harvey” with Jimmy Stewart, Book: I have to say my Bible.

 

Tell us about your family: I’m not sure I have enough space to do that. Let’s just say my mothers’ side is (literally) the Hatfields and my father’s side is the “proper” side. I had the best of both worlds. I grew up learning how to have a lot of fun and also how to drink coffee from a demitasse cup with your pinky finger out. Our family was close on both sides and my life was filled with cousins, grandparents and friends and we enjoyed the little things that matter. My mother taught us about faith, being truthful and that we were accountable for our actions. Both of my grandfathers worked hard to “make a name” for our family. One retiring as a CEO of a company with only a 7th grade education, the other started an oilfield supply business back in 1959 which is now a multi million dollar company. My brother and I learned that you have to work hard, be honest and trustworthy and that your word means something.