We had the good fortune of connecting with Gerardo Fisher and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Gerardo, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
Success comes in all sizes, flavors, and colors. What “success” is to one person might not be “success” for another. People associate success with money, cars, loving and being loved. But I believe the most important factor to achieving this paradise of “success” is by never feeling successful and/or not letting that “success” get to your head. Whatever your definition of success might be; there is always going to be an opportunity to do your job better tomorrow, there is always going to be ways to impact your community positively, there is always going to be a chance to love that special someone more passionately, there is always going to be room for improvement, there is always going to be room to be better, there is always going to be room for more. This applies to all aspects of life. My definition of success is being able to improve as a person and become the best version of myself possible every day through work, helping my community, and loving my family and friends. Now, I understand that I might never become my vision of “success”, there are definitely days were I fall short of this vision, and I am completely fine with that because that is what keeps me going. Yesterday’s achievements and failures are what fuel today’s ambitions which propel myself into kicking tomorrow’s butt.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I work for United Airlines as a Structures Engineer. My group specializes in ensuring that all aircraft are structurally safe and reliable. We incorporate structural inspections and modifications which provide a safe and cost effective engineering solution which would otherwise compromise the structural integrity of an aircraft. These past few months have been rough for all of us, specially the airline industry. As everyone knows, traveling became difficult due to the pandemic. As more people get vaccinated and we keep becoming better armed against Covid, we are extremely excited to share our passion of flying with the rest of our customers and we look forward to promptly moving from this Covid phase to connect the world by flying our customers.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I think Houston has a lot to offer from a cultural and entertainment point of view. When the weather is nice, a walk by the Buffalo Bayou when the sun is setting is a must in order to catch the sun bouncing off the downtown Houston skyline. Houston is the home of NASA Johnson’s Space Center and a visit to this center of engineering pioneering should be in the list of any visitors. There is a lot of options to eat in Houston and the diversity is something that I find very attractive. Some of my favorite places to indulge myself in the beauties of life include El Tiempo, Oporto, Coco’s Crepes in Midtown, Anvil, Electric Feel Good, Axelrad, Hearsay, The Fish, and Sporting Club.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
All of the credit to what I have been able to achieve so far goes to my parents, Araceli Robles Fisher and Palemon G. Fisher. They have always been there for me and have allowed me to grow my wings and dream big. Without their lessons I wouldn’t be the person I am. Even when times have been rough they have taught me that if there is a will there is a way.