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Employee Spotlight: Joey McDougall

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Job Title: Compliance Specialist

Location: Roanoke Branch

Tenure: 2 years

What is your favorite book or author? I really enjoy the Harry Potter series. I have read the books and watched the movies an embarrassing number of times. I am currently in the process of reading the series to my oldest child. We watch the movie after finishing the book, complete with butterbeer, chocolate frogs, jellybeans and popcorn.

What is your favorite quote or line from a movie? "After you kids came along, your mom, she said something to me I never quite understood. She said, ‘Now, we're just here to be memories for our kids.’ I think now I understand what she meant. Once you're a parent, you're the ghost of your children's future." – Interstellar (2014)

What is the best piece of advice you received growing up? The best piece of advice I received growing up was to treat everyone with the same amount of respect regardless of title or education. We are all in this world together and we’re really limited in the number of people with whom we will share this human condition experience.

Where did you grow up? I grew up in an active duty Army household. We moved frequently, both domestically and internationally. While most of my life has been spent in Virginia, I am blessed that I had the opportunity to experience such a diverse upbringing during my early formidable years.

Tell us about your hobbies. I am an active father and husband to my three children and beautiful wife. Hobbies are relative to where my kids are cognitively at any given point. I enjoy the learning process and my current hobby is within turf management. There is something about the culmination of the education, effort, journey and reward of having a nice yard.

How do you define success? I used to define success as finishing first in anything I did. Now that I have matured and have kids, I find success in being a positive example for them and help building their foundation. With that being said, I still enjoy finishing first.

What is the most interesting or favorite aspect of your job? I love everything about my job. I enjoy the learning journey of understanding the intricacies of regulation. I find it very rewarding to make regulation operational and sensical.

What would you sing at Karaoke night? Full disclosure, I cannot carry a tune whatsoever. My wife has compared me to a dying animal, however, I sing to my kids every night at bedtime. I find them a pretty captive audience with the full understanding that I may have to pay for therapy in the future. My advance apologies to the audience at the Karaoke event. I am a classic country music fan, so would lean towards George Jones's "He Stopped Loving Her Today" or Kenny Rogers's "The Gambler."

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