Meet One of Our Recruiters: Interview with Harmony Healthcare’s Adam Stone
He’s the tallest member of Team Harmony – both on the courts and in the office. Nobody puts him in the corner when it comes to pop culture trivia: if there’s an opportunity to quote movies and songs from the 80s and 90s, he’s going to take it. He’s also our reigning Culture Warrior and will pass that title on to the new winner in February 2020.
Without further ado, here’s Adam in his own words.
What does a typical day look like for you here at Harmony?
Busy, busy, busy – time flies!
Much of my day is spent on the phone sourcing potential candidates to fill our open positions. I focus on case management, CDI, utilization review, and registry services. I consider myself more of a career advisor and someone who can help educate on where the market is, current trends, pay rates, etc. I strive to be a resource and help healthcare professionals advance in their careers.
Tell us a story about yourself that may surprise us.
Not sure how surprising this is, but 7 years ago I decided to up and move from Ohio to the Tampa/St. Pete area. Without a job in place and only knowing 1 person, I crammed whatever I could fit into my car, drove the 16 hours down I-75, and made it to paradise. Even I wouldn’t recommend relocating without a job, but this has been the best decision of my life!
How do you balance work and down time?
I try to enjoy my down time as much as possible, and Florida’s amazing weather definitely helps. I stay active with either playing basketball, running, and/or hitting the gym. I enjoy going out to the many social options in the area (beach, boating, concerts, festivals, etc.). Traveling is my favorite thing to do, and even though I have yet to travel outside of the U.S., I want to visit as many places on this planet as possible!
Create the soundtrack to your life in 5 songs. Why did you choose those songs?
- “Interstate Love Song” by Stone Temple Pilots – This is my favorite song of all time!
- “1979” by Smashing Pumpkins – This is the year I was born, so it seems appropriate.
- “Triumph” by Wu-Tang Clan – This is my favorite band of all time. It reminds me of my high school days when rap was good.
- “Buckeye Battle Cry” – I’m a huge Ohio State fan, so this is a must!
- “Love Will Turn You Around” by Kenny Rogers – It reminds me of taking road trips with my mom when I was a kid, listening to this cassette.
Tell us about one item in your workspace that motivates you and why.
I have a basketball card of my father from his ABA playing days in the 70’s. Even though he didn’t have the easiest upbringing, he was very successful. Knowing what he was able to accomplish is a consistent reminder of what’s possible with hard work and perseverance.
Tell us about your mindset when it comes to your professional life.
I had the opportunity to go into business for myself at an early age running a home renovation company. Though I did miss out on the whole college experience, I do believe this taught me many life lessons and gave me the foundation for my work ethic and how I live today.
What is the most important lesson you’ve learned in the last 5 years?
It’s very hard to choose just one, as I believe a person should never stop learning and growing. “You’re either getting better or you’re getting worse. You never stay the same.” That’s one of my favorite quotes to live by.
Recently I heard a coworker say to one his consultants that “big things are made from little things.” I know it’s a simple premise, but it’s true. To succeed in reaching high goals, one must put in the hard work and effort along the way. It also reminds me not to get caught up in the end results and instead to focus on what I can control. The rest will take care of itself.
You can take one suitcase, $5,000, and one travel buddy. Where are you heading, who are you taking along for the ride, and why?
I’d definitely go out of the country and probably travel to Machu Pichu, Peru. I’d take my buddy Andy, as we currently making plans for a trip. I’ve always been amazed and mystified by ancient sites like this and have wanted to visit for years.