The Leap-In Learner
Being part of any team, you have to remain cool under pressure.
Whether working on a film, in a band, when curling, or during a data lock, Manny understands the importance of being part of the team. Everyone is relying on you to do your part. Data management is in Manny’s blood. Not only was Manny’s mother a Data Manager who worked in the industry for over 30 years, she mentored him back when he was still a teenager. Even though you might say that he was destined to go into the “family business,” his path to joining PRA was not a straight one.
Before Manny got into Data Management, he worked in film editing and sound design in Los Angeles, New York, and Philadelphia. He considers it to have been the best training he could have hoped for in learning how to stay cool under pressure and handle tight deadlines. He also thinks his time in that industry showed him the value of true collaboration; a skill that’s proven invaluable in his career in data and as a member of a team.
But Manny didn’t always have a team. For a number of years, at a previous job, he was the only Data Manager working on upwards of 11 oncology studies ranging from Phase I to Phase III. He was on his own and managed data for every step of the study process from CRF and database design through database lock. He feels that he learned a great deal, but it isn’t a situation he ever hopes to find himself in again.
Learning and being part of a team are things Manny appreciates in his free time too. When he’s not working hard to be the best husband and father he can be, or riffing on his guitar or saxophone, you’ll more than likely find Manny on the ice. Manny is a recreational curler at Bucks County Curling Club. Having enjoyed watching curling in the Olympics many times, he leapt into it the way he leaps into everything he does, with passion. But Manny knew it was going to take more than just being a guy with a broom. “Curling is a full team sport. Every shot, every rock that is thrown, everyone has a hand in the success or failure of a shot.”
Manny’s current job as a Senior Clinical Informatics Specialist is a far cry from his childhood aspiration of working at a gas station, but he’s not done yet. Manny is continuing his education outside of work too. He wants to advance his career and build on his strengths of working well with people and leading teams. While Manny enjoys the clinical aspect of his job, he believes his ultimate focus will be in business management. He says PRA’s tuition assistance program is proof of the value the company places in their people’s experience, ability, and ambition. Ultimately, it’s the amazing people he gets to work with that Manny appreciates most.
Manny participates in the design and build process, and focuses on the review and cleaning of the data to ensure accuracy.