Parham Doctors' Hospital September 28, 2016

New position: chief operating officer, Parham Doctors’ Hospital

Previous position: chief operating officer, Sebastian River Medical Center, Sebastian, Fla.

Birthplace: Chicago

Education: bachelor’s degree, U.S. Air Force Academy; master’s degree, Baylor University

Career: Air Force Medical Service Corps officer, 2004-13; Henrico Doctors’ Hospital, 2013-15

Best career move: “Choosing a career in health care. I’ve had the distinct privilege of serving as an Air Force officer in the military health care system as well as serving as a health care executive with HCA. Both organizations offered tremendous opportunities to serve the community and develop as a leader within my career field.”

Career goals: “I want to continue to develop as a hospital leader and be part of a team that offers outstanding quality health care in my community.”

The best advice he ever received: “Visualize your career as a jungle gym, not a ladder. ‘Ladders are limiting. ... Jungle gyms offer more creative exploration. There are many ways to get to the top of a jungle gym. The ability to forge a unique path with occasional dips, detours and even dead ends presents a better chance for fulfillment.’” — Sheryl Sandberg

Career tip for students: “Select a career that you are passionate about, work hard, ask questions, and never stop learning.”

What motivates him? “I’m motivated knowing that each day, I’m part of a team that is making a positive difference in my community.”

Role model: “My parents have always been my best role models, advocates and friends.”

Family: wife, Valerie

What is your favorite quote: “If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.”

Pastimes: “Golf, cooking, traveling.”

Favorite food or restaurant: “Richmond has so many great restaurants that it would be tough to name just one ... but some of my favorites include Heritage, Shagbark and Wild Ginger.”

Ideal vacation: “My wife and I love traveling and are always up for a new adventure. Our ideal vacation spot would be anywhere we can experience great food, see beautiful places, and meet new friends.”

View the original article in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.