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20 Questions - Posted May 15, 2017 9:57 a.m.
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20 Questions with … Paul Borchardt, President, Wonderland Park

What is the best advice you received when you were beginning your career? Listen, observe, learn, and be honest with yourself and the customer.

How do you use social media to grow your network? I use Facebook and LinkedIn every other day just to keep up with acquaintances. I depend more on my cell phone, as I like to have an exchange immediately.

What has been your wisest investment? Networking. Attending conferences, trade shows, participating on panels that have to do with the business. I have met people nationally and internationally that had new ideas or similar experiences that help me problem-solve.

How has your past work experience shaped you into a leader? As a Naval Officer I met many great officers and career enlisted people who taught me that pride in your profession can be very satisfying.

What is the best part about your job? I enjoy the responsibility and authority of my job. To be good in any vocation one has to learn how and when to compliment and delegate. All of this depends on how well you understand your mission.

How has mentorship made a difference in your professional and private life? One time, I was told that you will meet 10 people who will influence your character. In my freshman year at college I had an instructor open my eyes to an area that really made me think, and when I understood, my life changed. During my Naval Audit Service experience, my senior officer gave me the leadership of many audit jobs that no other military officer had been assigned. That position developed a great understanding of management leadership to accomplish benefits rather than crunching numbers just to generate paper. It was his confidence, guidance and support that I will always remember.

Which living person do you most admire and why? Dr. Jerry Miller, who was a professor when I got my master’s degree from WT. He was masterful in getting the material across in a practical, understanding way. Through the years I always learn something from him whenever our paths cross.

Which over-used word or phrase makes you cringe? I cannot stand “sorry about that.” It drives me crazy because it is totally empty and insincere.

What is your business philosophy? Being sincere, caring, honest and listening to what is happening. I like to understand the big picture, not just a tunnel vision of the event.

Which quality do you most value in an employee? I like people who try. If someone is trying, they are contributing to their success and to the company's.

What personality trait has most helped you succeed? The desire to do and be the best. One cannot put limits on their contribution or dreams.

What did you learn from your best boss? Encouragement and accepting responsibility. Your worst? The worst was one who tried to impress when he didn't know what he was talking about.

How can Amarillo improve its business environment? The best way is through contributing by networking. Also, realizing that how you operate and conduct your business helps everyone.
Most important tech tool: My computer since nearly all information is accessible instantly. Procedures, answers and ideas are readily available on my desk.

Best time management tool: Time management is my worst trait. I seem to always have something that can or needs to be done.

I can’t live without my: wife, family and acquaintances. All are important and give me invaluable input.

My favorite thing about Amarillo is: the people of Amarillo and the Panhandle. I experience them at the park when they are here to have a good time. That is very satisfying.

Most unusual job or task: The things that happen every day at Wonderland. This profession is constantly changing and no one really can comprehend what I do every day. It is the best time to be alive, and I look forward to each day and the new experiences I can have.

-- the AM Team

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