Posted By: SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts
Interview: Ron Merrifield, Security Analyst/Systems Administrator, SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts
SBHR: Welcome Ron, tell us your story.
RM: It’s always hard to tell one’s story. What do you say? I love life, I love the woman I’ve been married to for 18 years? I‘ve actually know Jen for 24, but who’s counting? Oh wait, Jen is. I have a teenage son who is a great kid but never ceases to amaze on any number of fronts and for anyone who has teenagers, you’ll understand what I mean. Or, I can say something like this. Well, let’s see. I reached that magical 50 years this last year and in my dad’s generation, that would have been considered old, but I refuse to go find one of those walkers that have tennis balls for feet. You know, 50 is the new 40 or so they say, and hey, who am I to argue. But what does that mean? I think it means live life, don’t be afraid to fail and to challenge yourself whenever you can. Don’t stop learning and to live everyday like it was your last. Easier said than done and on some days, it really is easier said than done. But hey, it is a good set of ideals and ones worth holding on to. Positive attitude… check!
SBHR: In your role you are dealing with many different departments and locations whether it is our hotels or our corporate office. What value(s) is (are) most important when you think about your role?
RM: Integrity above all. As a Security Analyst there is a level of trust imparted on me because of the work that I do and it’s important for me to ensure that I protect that trust.
SBHR: what do you “value” the most in your role?
RM: The people that I work with, Engagement. It’s rare to be involved in a group where the dynamics of the group mesh so well. It’s rare, and in my case I can only count a handful of times in the 30 years that I have been working where I can really say that and mean it.
SBHR: What do you like to do in your free time?
RM: Motorcycles, Hiking and Board Games! If I have a choice of being out or indoors, regardless of the weather, outdoors will win every time. Hey, I live in Vancouver and I can actually say that and mean it.
SBHR: Who is your biggest role model and why?
RM: I can’t say I have a role model, per sae. Really, if anything counts as a role model, it would have to be my time in the Canadian Forces. My time in only enforced the values of responsibility, discipline and work ethic: to not be afraid to fail, to be team player, to be a hard worker and to have the perseverance to see a job through to the end. Most importantly, to cut loose and enjoy life, as life is serious enough as it is.
SBHR: What is something about you that people may be surprised to know?
RM: That I’m probably the most extroverted introvert you’ll ever meet. But really, I’m not that surprising of a person.
SBHR: What is the oddest job you have had?
RM: I can’t say that I’ve ever really had an “odd-job”. I mean, unless you count my time in the Navy where by the nature of the work and what is expected of you, you get to do a lot of things that I suppose could be considered “odd” when compared to any average civilian career.
To read Ron’s blog post this month on tips & tricks to keep you safe while connected to a public Wi-Fi, click here.