20 Questions with Paul Toomey

President, Geographic Solutions

Paul Toomey has more than 30 years of experience in geographic information systems, programming, analysis and management for state and local governments in the United States and overseas.

In 1992, Toomey founded Geographic Solutions and has served as the company’s president since its inception. He holds multiple patents for software inventions in the workforce development and labor market information fields.

1. College alma mater?
University College London (bachelor of science in geography), Imperial College London and UCL (master’s degree in spatial information systems).

2. Last show you binge watched?
Formula 1: Drive to Survive, on Netflix.

3. Favorite place for a business meeting?
Highlands of Carmel, California.

4. iPhone or Android?
Definitely iPhone.

5. What did you eat for lunch today?
Tomato soup.

6. We’ll find you on the weekend doing?
These days, unfortunately, working. I try to bike and play tennis in between.

7. What movie terrified you as a child?
Definitely The Wizard of Oz (and my parents took me to see it at the theater).

8. Proudest moment?
The birth of my kids.

9. Dream dinner companion?
My wife.

10. Any pets?
Mona, an American tiger cat and Twizzler, a Cavapoo (dog).

11. Best concert you’ve ever seen live?
Showing my age, but a tie between U2, the Unforgettable Fire Tour, London, 1985 and Bruce Springsteen (with Pete Townsend), River Tour, Birmingham, U.K., 1981.

12. What is your cellphone wallpaper image?
My two kids.

13. Most famous person you’ve ever met?
I went to high school with Richard Allen, the drummer of Def Leppard, if that counts (he was not famous then).

14. What is your go-to drink order?
Unfortunately, a Sprite Zero.

15. Favorite candy?
My favorites are British candy, such as Roundtree’s fruit pastels and Cadbury’s chocolate.

16. Last thing you ordered from Amazon?
Nothing exciting. Just clothes.

17. Pool or beach?
That is like asking me who is my favorite child.

18 Charity you support?
Treasures of Africa Orphanage in Moshi, Tanzania.

19. Favorite childhood memory?
Vacations in the Lake District of England.

20. Words of advice?
Always take the high road.

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