5 Questions: Jim Townsend

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In our 5 Questions blog series, we profile our customers, partners and team members to help the ClickDimensions community become better acquainted. We hope you enjoy getting to know these individuals, and if you’re interested in being featured, send us an email at marketing@clickdimensions.com.

Jim Townsend
Founder and CEO, InfoStrat

1. What do you like best about your job?

I enjoy helping InfoStrat’s clients solve business problems and helping our consultants achieve their potential as developers, analysts, project managers and other roles. The great thing about consulting is that it never gets boring. We are always asked to handle new challenges and to use new products and technology. In many cases, we are enlisted to turn around failed projects, adding even more time and budget pressure. This career is great for lifelong learning.

2. What are the biggest professional challenges you face, and how does ClickDimensions help you address those challenges?

Our biggest challenge is to find clients who need our skills and experience. ClickDimensions provides tools for us to expand our outreach as well as handle incoming inquiries from prospective customers and teaming partners. And ClickDimensions also helps us get white papers and webinars to more people who might need the information and services we offer.

3. What was your background before landing in your current role?

Before I started InfoStrat, I worked in a Washington, DC think tank called the Center for Strategic and International Studies which was focused on international issues. I learned how to research and write on issues, and to present to audiences. In my current role, communication is paramount, and I must be able to quickly learn new products and apprise a project accurately. This think tank background helped me identify expert talent in technology, and to start practices focused on innovative products such as ClickDimensions.

4. If you could meet any historical figure, who would you choose and why?

If I limit myself to English speakers so that I could communicate best, I would choose Samuel Clemens (aka Mark Twain). I’m sure he would be an engaging dinner companion and we share many interests such as fishing and boating.

5. What book has had a big impact on your life, either professionally or personally?

Many years ago, I read the Autobiography of Theodore Roosevelt and was inspired by his ability to be an intellectual and a man of action. I admire Roosevelt’s optimism and idealism. I also enjoyed the Roosevelt biographies by Edmond Morris.

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