meeting with Travis

It was a Tuesday with full day class. Rainy day blocked us from the sunlight, but we did share a delightful talk over lunch with casual food and drinks, just as those good old time. Travis was so caring to help us find the place and the table setting. As our very first interviewee, the talk with Travis also built-up confidence for our following series. Though we have known each other for only a month, it almost felt like a reunion of old friends in memory but filled with profound thoughts and fresh insights.

(For below, Q referred to as questions from HKU MBA marketing club, T stands for Travis)

Q: How would you describe yourself?

T: Genuine, adorable; love to travel, to explore the world and to try different things. It is inspiring to meet the unexpected, to challenge myself and meet different people. Even if the target is hard to achieve or the designated plan is distant, the resistance can lead us to a further step.

Q: To describe a typical day?

T: At 6 am, I start to read cases and get breakfast to prepare for the day. At 8 am, I take a ferry to Central and start to work until lunch. The restaurant is enjoyable; and in the afternoon, I would follow up with the rest of work and try the new product designed by the company. I go to TRX training after work, which is an intensive resistance class to boost my energy. Afterwards I go to a TED talk master class. One thing I have learned from the class is to gather things we already known and rearrange an eye-catching story. I love to explore the unknown. Normally I go to bed at around 12.

Q: How would you like others to describe you?

T: I hope people can see me as a nice guy (laugh). It is not easy these days to be a nice guy, enjoy helping, be humble at a time, and listen to the voices around. I want to be one trustworthy and live to be real.

Q: Please share with us a memorable story from work.

T: 5 years ago, I made an incorrect flight plan using the wrong aircraft model; no one noticed the fault though it can be readily accessible for everyone involved, even the captain didn’t realize it until he was actually flying the aircraft. As a consequence, I had a hearing from the aviation administration. After the accident, I helped the company to upgrade the system with a better monitoring process, and I got to learn and be more careful to review for work done.

Q: Please share with us about someone who you worked with that you like or don’t like about.

T: I have a colleague who used to say “if you can’t finish this thing, please hand it over to me”. I was kind of offended at the very beginning. But later on, as things came across so much better, I realized she is just trying to share some responsibility. It is not that she wanted to point a finger at my work, she was offering help but using a different tone. So, I talked to her frankly, and we got along pretty well afterwards.

Q: Please share with us about your experience at HKU MBA.

T: I retake courses this year. Last year everything was online, which was not working out perfectly. The experience I had in class is so much better than in the virtual classroom. People around are also very nice and good to talk to.

Q: What do you like to do in your free time?

T: Watching movies, traveling, and enjoying a little bit more of Hong Kong.

Q: Please describe who you want to be in the future.

T: I want to be the main character from <the Working Girl>, which is one of my favorite movies, to pay out and give without caring about returns. I would be dedicating to work on things I’m passionate about, even if requiring extensive time and energy.

Q: Imagine we are now at July 2032, Where are you? What are you doing? Who are you with? What are you doing after?

T: In New York, have breakfast with a loved one on the executive floor of the Renaissance. Build up a garden in a townhouse in Chelsea. I love New York, the city expressed the spirit to have faith and courage in dealing with challenges and difficulties.

The talk ends given the time limit. Till the end, we were already looking forward to our next conversation, to share our life stories, and some more different angles to view the world. It does take some time to think through things, to learn about changes and to embrace with opportunities. Toast to our glorious future!

Jialu Chen