Q: If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
A: Oh gosh, I’ve got many hobbies, some of which I do in Austin, like fixing old cars. I love music, I took up the guitar awhile back and I’m either listening to music or playing music. If you go to my condo, there is lots of equipment that I have taken up repairing. I listen to every type of music, my collection is really eclectic.
Q: What are some small things that make your day better?
A: You know the best things that I enjoy are when people stop by to just say “hi”. Or the times that I’m walking on campus, I’ll hear, “Kevin, Hi”. Human connections are special things in life. It’s the little things like that. When the custodians say hi, or when I walk the floors at the Shared Services Building it just feels good to connect with people.
Q: What’s something you like to do the old-fashioned way?
A: Let’s get back to music, I’m a turntable guy. I have about 25 boxes of records. To my ear, a turntable sounds the best.
Q: What are you most looking forward to in the next 10 years?
A: Living the life that I’ve been living, my wife is living in Austin half-time and half-time here. I’m looking forward to ending up back in Austin, my kids are there and our long-time friends. I do love living up here, but Austin is home. We have enjoyed the adventure of living in this part of the world, mostly because people in the midwest are very genuine and friendly.
Q: What fad or trend do you hope comes back?
A: The disintegration of the family unit. In the past, families would age together and grandparents would be around to help raise the kids. There is so much experience and knowledge that gets lost. I think that is maybe coming back now.
Q: What song or artist do you like but rarely admit to liking?
A: I have a lot of music DVDs and was watching one and my wife said what are you doing?! I was watching a Britney Spears DVD. I’m also a closet Barry Manilow fan.
Q: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
A: The best piece of advice: was from my father who would always say “say hello and thanks to the custodians, when you climb the ladder, you don’t become better than anyone else”.
Q: What would be your spirit animal?
A: I don’t really have a spirit animal, but someone once brought me back a panther from Africa and said that was my spirit animal, but I don’t really identify with that. If I had to be an animal though, it would be a dog. They have such unconditional love and always have a tail wag for you when you get home.
Q: As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A: At a very early age, I wanted to be a garbage collector and ride in the garbage truck. I was very impressed by them. I also went through wanting to be a firefighter or police officer. I have always had the utmost respect for those who serve others.
Q: How would you describe your favorite color for someone who is blind?
A: My favorite color is sky blue. Here is how I would describe it: it feels cool and soft to the touch, it makes you feel good.
Q: If you had to get rid of one state in the US, which would it be and why?
A: California, it’s overpriced and overrated. They have not done a great job of taking care of the people. It has become a symbol of greed and inequity. It’s unfortunate because it is so beautiful.
Q: If you had a choice between two superpowers, being invisible or flying, which would you choose?
A: In a heartbeat, I would choose flying. I would love to fly. I have never taken flying lessons though because that is something you should be doing all the time to be good at.
Q: How do you eat your eggs?
A: Scrambled – with Picante sauce. I don’t like really hot food but I like a little spice.
Q: House, Office, Car – which do you clean first?
A: Definitely the car, I’m a car guy. Generally speaking, I like to wash my car, even in the dead of winter.
Anything else you’d like to share with the SSC?
Forget about where I am in the org chart. I’m here to allocate resources to the people that do the work because they know best what is needed to get the job done. I’m just a regular employee and don’t need any special treatment. This is why positive organizations and positive leadership is so important to me. It’s about treating people well and working together to support each other. It is my hope that this positive movement becomes deeply ingrained in our culture and lasts a long time.
This interview with Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Kevin Hegarty was conducted by staff at the SSC. The content was originally posted in the SSC Newsletter, February 13, 2020.