Staff Spotlight: Sherry Hart

January 2, 2017 by Kelly Daacon

At BIG RED DOG, we like to reflect on our team members that make our organization strong, creative, and supremely capable. Our team members put forth extraordinary efforts on behalf of our clients and they deserve to be recognized. This edition of our staff spotlight series introduces us to Sherry Hart, the Office Coordinator in our Dallas office. Learn more about Sherry below!

Where are you originally from?  I had the good fortune of being born right here in Dallas. Although I have lived in numerous cities from coast to coast, as well as South America, Dallas has always been my home.

Tell us something really interesting about you.  I am an active member of the Rowlett Community Emergency Response Team and am a certified chainsaw operator.

Everyone at BIG RED DOG has a story about why they joined the team. What’s yours?  The company culture drew me in. I love that the BIG RED DOG brand name represents our shared commitment to excellence and the promise to fulfillment and prosperity for our clients, our community, and each other.

What drew you to the engineering field?  I have almost always been involved in engineering in some form; my father was a petroleum engineer and I grew up surrounded by engineers, so working in the field just feels natural.

What was your first job? I was an assistant in my father’s engineering office during my senior year of high school, although it was really more of an internship.

Who or what inspires you?  I am inspired by the people that I surround myself with on a daily basis.
Life is really about making things better for the people that you care about. When your goals benefit others that you genuinely care about, you are pushed to go above and beyond what would normally be acceptable to you.  This is when you will do the best work of your life.

Where’s your favorite place to eat in Austin /Houston/Dallas (which ever city you live in)?  My favorite places to eat in Dallas are Fogo de Chao and Texas de Brazil. My favorite Rowlett restaurant is Valentino’s, and I love Culpepper Steak House on Lake Ray Hubbard.

What do you like to do in your free time? I love to cook. When I am at home, I can usually be found in the kitchen. When I am not at home, I am usually volunteering in my community. Besides being an active Rowlett CERT member, I also serve as the team’s Administrative Coordinator, and have a seat on the Rowlett Citizen Corp Council’s Board of Directors. I am also an Associate Advisor for Explorer Post One, where I help to mentor youths between the ages of 14-20 in leadership, character, and career development.

What’s your favorite news source? My favorite news sources are CNN and TIME Magazine.

Do you have any pets?  Yes, a Golden Retriever named Henry, a Belgian Malinois named Jax, and a very spoiled cat named Tiger.

Describe your ideal vacation.  Some beach, somewhere…There’s a big umbrella casting shade over an empty chair. Palm trees are growing and warm breezes are blowing. I picture myself right there, on some beach, somewhere.

What would be impossible for you to give up? My 2003 Pontiac Grand Prix! It may be getting old, but I absolutely love it.

Who is your favorite sports team? The Dallas Cowboys, of course.

Best vacation ever? I went to New Orleans for the first time in May 2015 and saw Elton John perform at JazzFest. I ate my way across the French Quarter.

Last book I read? The Gift of Fear, by Gavin de Becker.

BIG RED DOG Engineering and Consulting is always looking for exceptional candidates to join our team. To learn more about opportunities, visit our Careers page.

Written by Kelly Daacon

Kelly Daacon

Kelly Daacon, P.E. is the Marketing Director for BIG RED DOG, responsible for marketing, branding, design, content, and digital media initiatives for the firm. Kelly graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Texas. In his spare time, he enjoys running at Lady Bird Lake and hanging with his crazy dog Shiner. Kelly and his wife live in east Austin.