Name?

Darrick Suen

How did you get to gap?

Originally from Los Angeles, I graduated with a bioengineering degree from UCSD with no strong desire to pursue a career in that field. I floated from engineering and lab jobs, even to food service but I was at a loss to finding what I really wanted to do in life. I was not finding an area of direction that melded the things that I am good at and the things that I have a passion for.

I would say it was serendipitous that I landed upon the job posting for gap intelligence. While I had been applying to a wide assortment of jobs, gap intelligence stood out to me. I was asked to share my top three values – that definitely gave me a good feeling about this company. During the interview process, I left thinking that this was a company that sought to practice what it preached. The company stressed these things in the interviews, and I wanted to be a part of it.

Darrick Suen

What values lead you and why?

Truthfulness is a must for any venture. In relationships, truthful communication is key and necessary, while in a professional setting, it helps create an effective, and productive workplace. When I joined gap, I found that my value for truthfulness tied closely with gap’s value of transparency and the desire for effective communication with clients, as well as with each other.

Patience is a personal value that I oftentimes underappreciate. When we make mistakes, patience is the virtue that gives another chance to own up to those mistakes and to learn and grow from them. True patience is a tool that allows us to pursue and achieve excellence.

Finally, joyful service is a value that I believe contributes to a satisfying and worthwhile experience in any workplace. In its purest form, people should get joy from what they do, and when they do it excellently, they will ultimately find value in their work.

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

Skills that I bring to gap include quick and thorough observation and analyses. I’m oh so very curious! I appreciate that gap allows me to feed my curiosity and ask many, many questions.

I hope to learn to become a stronger and more confident leader and develop stronger communication and presentation skills. I am blown away at the opportunities that they give and the commitment to develop future leaders.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be, why, and what would you do with it?

I would love the superpower of teleportation for people and objects. Wouldn’t it be great if you were able to send something to someone on the other side of the world without having to pay for shipping? Or you could just drop by to say a quick hi and bye? Or, if you’re about to run out of gas in the middle of the desert, you could teleport not only yourself but also your car to the nearest (or furthest) gas station.

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

I have a guilty pleasure for Korean pop music. Enough said.

Korean Pop

Photo credit: k-popped.com

What’s your favorite thing to do in San Diego and why?

I love driving and sightseeing through the city. I just love driving and listening to all types of music (not just only Korean pop). Give me my car with endless gas, let me plug my phone into the stereo, and I could drive forever.

Who would win a fight between Spiderman & Batman and why?

In a physical battle, I believe it’s impossible to predict the results. Spiderman already enters with a strong advantage because of his superhuman strength, agility, and speed. Spiderman of course has some patterns to his fighting style, but as the World's Greatest Detective, Batman would do his research to prepare and have necessary gadgets to deal with Spiderman’s web and cripple his spider-sense. Spiderman’s best advantage is his quick-wit (revealed by his humorous and sometimes snarky banter in-battle) that allows him to catch his opponents off-guard. Spiderman’s strong improvisation skills (sometimes in the cheapest of ways) should be able to secure a win in a physical altercation. However, Batman’s ability to quickly assess a situation and turn the tables in his favor would easily frustrate the wiles of a young Peter Parker.