Meet a Team Member: Dharma Chappell

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We’re only as good as our team. Our teamwork is one of our company’s Core Values (ask any of us and we’ll tell you the rest of them). Every month we’d like to introduce you to another member of our awesome team. So far you’ve met a bunch of great folks. This month, we’re introducing you to Weston’s newest member, a name some of you may recognize if you’ve been a client of ours for a while: meet our new Solutions Consultant, Dharma Chappell.

  • Name, and title and (to quote Office Space) “What would you say you do here?” Dharma Chappell, Solutions Consultant. Now: Learning the Weston Way. Goal: Craft meaningful Tech solution to clients business inhibiting problems and convince them of the solutions value with then goal of winning sales.
  • Hometown and how did you end up where you are? Ilwaco, Washington, at the mouth of the Columbia River. Moved all over the Western states and Upper New York state as a youngster, between mother, father and relatives. Spent most of my tween — teen years North of San Francisco, CA. Went to college at the University of Portland in Portland, OR. Served five years in the USAF with final rank of Captain. Managed an auto-repair shop in Petaluma, Ca, then a motel on the Central Oregon coast until moving my family to Bend in 1989. Founded Microwing Consultants in 1987 and expanded it in 1993 by adding employees. Negotiated with Weston to acquire Microwing’s assets in May 2006. Worked as Technology & Facilities Manager for a law firm in Bend until leaving in April 2015 for a position with Weston.
  • How did you end up at Weston? I was looking for a more entrepreneurial endeavor than managing a law firm’s technology, Weston had a position open that looked perfect for what I have to offer, so I jumped at the opportunity.
  • Favorite part about Weston? Working with a bunch of tech-oriented people who speak what has become my native language: Geek. Really it is the organized, process driven approach to the Tech Services business that I really admire.
  • What do you do for fun in your spare time? Spending time with family and grand kids (four — yes I’m that old!). Actually, it’s tearing up the scenic byways of Oregon’s back country highways on my 2007 Ducati Multistrada 1100S that really gives me kicks!
  • What do in your spare time that nobody would guess? Hardscaping my half-acre yard with pavers.
  • If you could witness any event past, present or future, what would it be? Jimi Hendrix or Led Zeppelin concert of the late 60s
  • What chore do you absolutely hate doing? Weeding.
  • If you had to pick one word to describe yourself, what would it be? Paradoxical
  • If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you meet? Isaac Asimov, Chemist and Science Fiction Writer. 
  • Choose a movie title for the story of your life. Cool Hand Luke
  • If there was a movie produced about your life, who would play you and why? George Clooney, He’s good natured and affable but can pull off the darkness in the past role.
  • What do you want to be when you grow up? A pilot of supersonic fighter aircraft, or a MotoGP racer (but I guess it’s a little too late now)
  • If you could have any one superpower, which would you choose? Flight
  • What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done in your life? Drove a worn out ’64 MGB Roadster from San Francisco, Ca to Abilene, Tx and back a month later in the Summer of 1973 with a college buddy. It was so hot (100+ °F) that we could only drive at night or the engine would overheat. Ran over a dead dog on the highway in Yuma, Az at 2:00AM. Had the use clothes hangers to hold up the exhaust system until we could get it welded back together. It was a true Route 66 type of adventure.
  • If you could trade places with any other person for a week, famous or not, living or dead, real or fictional, with whom would it be? Niccolo Paganini. From Wikipedia: “He was the most celebrated violin virtuoso of his time, and left his mark as one of the pillars of modern violin technique.” He was the Jimi Hendrix of the 1800s.
  • If you woke up tomorrow as an animal, what animal would you choose to be and why? A River Otter. Their life seems simply to have fun all day and night.
  • What is the worst pet you have ever had? A female yellow lab who was terrified of water. We lived on Devils Lake in Lincoln City, Oregon, and was so busy / hyper she drove me crazy. Finally gave her back to the breeder we bought her from.
  • How do you get your caffeine? Hot Coffee
  • What’s the strangest talent you have? I am a Jews Harp virtuoso.
  • If you were on an island and could only bring three things, what would you bring? A pocket knife, a bio filter for water and a solar powered two way radio capable to reaching ships and airplanes.
  • Where’s Waldo? Wherever he wants to be.
  • A penguin walks through that door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here? He says “Hola Amigo!” He just arrived from Patagonia at the lower tip of South America and he is way lost.
  • If I opened your fridge, what would I see? Two bottles of Deschutes Brewery ale; a partial bottle of Pinot Grigio Wine; a container of almond milk; some Baby Bell Light cheese; Greek yogurt; apples; lettuce; bell peppers; catchup; Cholula hot sauce; Grey Poupon mustard; butter, salted and unsalted; radishes; jicama; red cabbage; homemade Marionberry jam; 2 bottles of sparkling water; 1 dozen large eggs; Vegenaise; sliced turkey lunch meat.
  • Here’s $20. What are you going to do with it? Take my wife to breakfast at Jackson’s Corner East.
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