What were you doing before Backroads?
I was working for a Relais & Chateau restaurant in Maui, Hawaii.
Why did the TPS position interest you?
I didn't know exactly what to expect when I was offered the position (I applied to be a Leader). I saw it as a foot in the door with the company but knew that it would also be fun being part of the team that helped further and develop the program.
Where did you work as a TPS?
I worked in Brittany/Normandy, Catalonia, and Pays Basque. However, I also performed a lot of unit drives and had amazing experiences in: Sweden, Tuscany, Dolomites, and Amsterdam.
What were the highlights of the job?
The highlights for me of the job was getting to see and get a feel for the way the company and the people function before ever really stepping into a leader position. Also, I appreciated the fact that I performed a lot of unit drives to wonderful new places and would usually have a day or two to discover these areas.
What were the lowlights?
There is a lot of alone time in the regions when all of the trips are our running. This can be good, but lonely at times. It's great that the areas in which you live in are beautiful and full of adventures, but you don't always have a coworker to share that with.
What skills did you gain from your time as a TPS?
The skills I gained are quite numerous. My mechanical skills with the bikes have sky-rocketed as well as my ability to execute multiple tasks and partition my time accordingly.
Do you have any advice for a future TPS?
My advice is to be as helpful as you can be with everyone around you and be patient. 99% of the Leaders will look to you for guidance in the region and will appreciate everything that you do for them. Don't however, forget to take some time for yourself when you have days off and go out of the house and get some fresh air. A great thing is that you set your own schedule according to your work-load.