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Monthly Member Spotlight: An Interview with George Jurgensen

Friday, May 3, 2019   (0 Comments)
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Introducing the Delaware SHRM Monthly Member Spotlight! Each month we’ll showcase a member who’s making waves in the HR field. Get to know your colleagues at Delaware SHRM and take pride in associating with some of the top professionals in the region!



Monthly Member Spotlight: An Interview with George Jurgensen


George Jurgensen is Vice President of Human Resources and the Compliance Officer for Depository Trust Company of Delaware (The Delaware Depository). George previously worked in banking as a financial analyst, as accounting manager (controller) for a manufacturing company, as an analyst for a financial advisor, and has taught finance at the university level.  George earned a BS in Economics and later an MBA-with Finance concentration from the University of Delaware. George has also completed the three exams pursuant to earning the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. In 2018 George earned the SHRM-CP designation.


He has a wealth of knowledge and is driven by his well-rounded perspective in the human resources field and life. We think you'll enjoy getting to know him! Read the interview below.




What’s the best piece of advice you received along the way as you were building your career in HR?

Build Emotional Intelligence (take the self-assessment and work on the recommended skills). Take a deep breath and pause when needed. Push beyond your comfort level! Read a lot.



If you could live (and work) anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I enjoyed Prague during my trip in 2018 (cycling from Prague to Budapest). Although the winter might seem a bit long, they value kids and family, nature, community, enjoy their beer which is virtually ubiquitous there, and have a healthy skepticism of both big business and government power.



Outside of your work in HR, what wakes you up in the morning?

Excess development and the destruction of nature. It bothers me that most want the government to do something, which means to me they want everyone else to do something while themselves remaining unaccountable. After all, we have speed limits and many rules but few who abide by them. Let’s sign a treaty to save what remains of the Amazon before it’s too late.



What is a current issue you are passionate about?
At work I’ve been advocating Mission, Values, and Vision statements. I want to get our values and goals and our vision of the future of our business into writing. I think this will be important for the future in meeting goals, setting new ones, and guiding our company culture. For example, let’s go beyond committing to treating each other with respect to defining what that looks like and what exactly we mean by that.

Outside of work I have always been into environmental businesses. These days, I enjoy following Tesla and other companies and projects of Elon Musk. He gets a lot of criticism for his antics. In a short time period recently his companies launched for the first time the “Crew Dragon” spacecraft to the International Space station, not only recovered but landed each of that spacecrafts booster rockets at pre-designated coordinates, successfully test launched the Falcon Heavy rocket that can help propel mankind to Mars, launched a $35,000 dollar version of the Tesla Model 3 with a range of 220 miles, got production of model 3’s to over 5000/week on a sustained basis, and launched a new transportation project using tunnels around the Las Vegas Convention Center. He also has involvement with an open source artificial intelligence company and Neuralink, a neural technology company and Tesla is a leader in battery technology and solar power.


What advice would you give to a new college graduate?
Be a life-long active learner. Read a lot. Engage your mind. Take care of your health. By that I mean eat your green vegetables, exercise daily or at least 3 times per week getting your pulse up and a good sweat, limit fats, eliminate soda, keep your weight and blood pressure under control. Warren Buffet, “The Oracle of Omaha” and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, says imagine someone offered you a car when you are 16 absolutely free but told you it was the only car you could ever have. You would take care of that car, protect it from the sun, change its oil regularly, get regular maintenance. This is precisely the situation you have with your own body as you are young. Take care of it, it is the only one you will ever have.  And good health helps you to think deeply and clearly.


Anything else you'd like to share with us? 
I’m registered for Bike Maine in September which is 7 days of cycling and camping. I’ll be doing the corporate fun run again on May 9 in Bellevue Park. I’m well known in the local music scene as one of the biggest fans of live local music. And under the leadership of Joanne Lee, I and most of the others in our 20 person study group (Fall 2017) became SHRM certified. For me, that means SHRM-CP. My background was Economics and Finance and I still have passion there as well. Put it all together and it lends to an interest in public policy.



Be sure to say hello to George when you see him at one of our monthly meetings! Do you have a member in mind that you feel is doing notable work in HR? Nominate him/her to be next month's featured member! Nominate here!

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