The Operational Mixologist
This is the perfect mixture of my various careers.
Tom didn’t always want to be Data Quality Manager (DQM). In fact, he kind of stumbled upon the job. He didn’t start out looking to step into such a unique position, but at the same time, it seems like it’s the job he’s been preparing for his entire career.
Tom describes his career to this point as “broad”. He’s certainly worn many hats over the last 20+ years. He’s worked in statistics, been a CRA and even an account director of Business Development. One day, during a conversation about analytics and data quality management with some coworkers, he realized his varied background could be put to good use in PRA’s novel DQM role. This was the position that perfectly combined data and analysis with clinical-side knowhow. They needed someone who could use that knowledge, experience and leadership to help find the most expeditious route to the resolution of each trial. And Tom knew just the guy for the job.
Though history was never his favorite subject in school, after college it somehow grew into one of his true passions. Now Tom loves to study American history—presidential history, in particular. It’s almost all he reads. He’s genuinely curious to know what made presidents the leaders that they were. He’s also fascinated to see how situations seem to repeat themselves and how the same mistakes occur over and over again. Tom believes reading history gives him better perspective and more insight on the present. He believes history to be a true predictor for the future, not only in life, but also in DQM.
If you asked him, Tom would sing the praises of his PRA family and all that they do. Just don’t ask him to actually sing. Despite his love and talent for music (he plays almost as many instruments as he’s had positions in his career), he doesn’t believe that he sings well. Having played in rock bands since the age of 14, the gig that stands out most in his mind was one Sunday morning when his church’s organist failed to show. With no other choice, he stepped up and sang the entire mass a capella. While singing might not be one of Tom’s gifts, it seems that stepping up to fill a much-needed position definitely is.
As the Data Quality Manager, Tom manages risks to data quality for clinical trials by provisioning operational teams with analytics, holistic data review, and risk to quality identification. His role is exactly what he envisioned it should be and the rest is history. Which is great, because Tom loves history.