Connor Barry

How did you get to gap intelligence?

Growing up in Orange County I fell in love with perfect weather and the ocean. When the time came around to choosing a college, it was an easy decision to attend UC San Diego. During my time at college, I became actively involved with the Red Cross and traveled around the United States supporting disaster relief efforts. One thing made itself clear during those travels: the best weather in the United States is in San Diego. When I finally settled down and envisioned where I needed to be, I knew that working alongside those with values aligned with my own were equally, if not more important than perfect weather.

What values lead you?

Two values that have been a guiding factor in my life are willingness and gratitude. Being willing to learn, challenge oneself, and grow not only benefits the individual, but it creates the best possible community of people to be surrounded by. Practicing gratitude allows for the appreciation of those around us and the smallest of moments can feel like the greatest of wins.

What skills are you bringing to gap intelligence and what skills are you excited to learn?

I have been involved with team sports my entire life and a skill that came with it was a passion to be better. I find that the quickest way to grow is to seek the information and learn from those around me. In line with personal growth is communal growth, and my passion for learning on my own is equal to my passion for teaching others. I enjoy helping those around me grow. I am excited to dive into the data world to continue to hone my analytic skills. I’m also looking forward to working directly with our clients.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

I have always loved traveling and visiting new places (as well as places I have been a thousand times). While I would love to fly to get to these places I am also cursed with a terrible sense of direction so the perfect superpower for me would be teleportation. It would allow me to hop over to anywhere in my mind’s eye without the peskiness of having to remember how to get there or scheduling a flight.

Yosemite National Park

What’s the quirkiest thing about you that you’re willing to admit?

Tying into my terrible sense of direction is an affinity for hiking and backpacking. Or, more specifically, an affinity for getting extremely lost on hikes and going miles off-course. Although this quirk has led to seeing some truly amazing things.

What is your favorite thing to do in San Diego?

Outside of hiking and getting lost in exploring nature I am also a pretty huge foodie, and San Diego has one of the best food scenes I’ve ever seen. Whether I am in the mood for sushi, tacos, or chicken and waffles, I can find a great place that I know will be perfect for what I am feeling. Even while social distancing delicious takeout is a must.

If you could have a personal chef or a live-in housekeeper, which would you choose?

Definitely a live-in housekeeper since one of my biggest pleasures is cooking but one of my greatest dislikes is cleaning up. If I could cook as much as I want and not have to worry about the disaster area I left in the kitchen, I would be living a perfect life.