Michael Bousquet

How did you get to gap intelligence? 

About a year ago, I started playing tennis with a guy who would not stop talking about this awesome company called gap intelligence. His fondness seemed to grow even more when he would talk about the CEO, a Texas A&M grad like himself. Besides having my first exposure to Aggie pride, when I learned about things like gapCon, extravagantly themed company holiday cards, and the good work life balance, curiosity got the best of me and I joined the team. 

What values lead you and why?

Two values that are a guiding force in my life are willingness and empathy. I find that being willing to learn, try new things, and take on new projects leads to personal growth in ways that are often unforeseen. In addition, being empathetic to those around you can go a very long way. Sometimes, lending an ear or commiserating over someone else’s bad experience is all it takes.  

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

From years of working retail and in non-profit organizations, my skills lean heavily towards people focused domains like customer satisfaction, retail operations, and stakeholder management. In addition, I grew up bilingual and bicultural in a French and American family, so there is an international aspect that guides my understanding of the world. I am excited to dive headfirst into the world of data and develop skills in analytics and research.

Michael ready to enjoy a professional soccer game in Marseille, France

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

I would love to be able to fly. What would be better than swooping through the Grand Canyon, flying above rainforest canopies, or never having to deal with a middle seat when you are the biggest person in the row?  

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

I love watching Antiques Roadshow. It’s a great place to start for anyone trying to be the ideal grandchild.

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

I love walking down to the end of Sunset Cliffs, taking the stairs down to the water, and checking out tide pools. Their self-contained ecosystems are fascinating to me, and the thrill of seeing something rare like an octopus or a lobster makes it somewhat addicting.  

Where would you go in a time machine?

I would go back to the US in the late 1960’s or early 1970’s so that I could see some of my favorite classic rock bands. Jimi Hendrix, the Beatles, and the Grateful Dead would be first on my list, but I would settle for Led Zeppelin or Bob Dylan as well.

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