Director of Sales, Time and Pay
“The photo I chose is one my wife took during our trip to Europe this summer. I picked this photo because it represents my love for travel and water activities. Also, much like Switzerland, I try not to cause or get too involved in any sort of drama or controversy! I always try to be pragmatic and fair.”
Q: Is there a person that you look up to that inspires the career moves you’ve made so far? This can be a person you know, or a public figure (dead or alive).
A: The person who has had the biggest influence on me, both personally and professionally, has been my Dad. He has always had an entrepreneurial spirit, and had started two or three different businesses before starting Time & Pay, the company that I work for. He has a strong work ethic and has always said “if you’re going to do something, do it right.” Over the years I’ve come to realize that he’s made plenty of mistakes, but if you take care of others, and do what you say you’re going to do, then you shouldn’t have anything to worry about.
Q: Is there something you learned as a child that taught you something profound that you carry with you as a young professional?
A: I’d say the biggest lesson I take away from my childhood is that you can tell who a person is and where they are going by the people they surround themselves with. I had a couple of very intelligent friends with a lot of potential make a few bad decisions because of the people they associated with, which affected their ability to live up to that potential. I try to surround myself with good people that I can learn from, and have similar goals as myself so that I don’t make a similar mistake.
Q: What is the hardest lesson you’ve learned in your career so far?
A: The hardest lesson that I’ve learned so far is that no matter what your relationship is with your clients/partners/etc., you have to leave friendship out of it when making decisions that could affect your business. Most people have good intentions, but human nature is human nature, and you have to be prepared for the worst.
Q: If you were to write an autobiography, what would it be titled?
A: Don’t be Scheu (which is probably a horrible title since no one would know how to pronounce it)
Q: If you knew you would be forced to leave Chattanooga in 1 year from today, what would you like to accomplish here before you go?
A: On a professional level, my goal is to build our brand to the point where the person who takes my job will have an easy time growing our business and increasing our market share in the Chattanooga area. Personally, my goal is to simply get involved and give back to my community through organizations like YPC.