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Soule likes rainy days, has four snakes and heads up Young Professionals of Clovis.

Vincent Soule was born in Okinawa, Japan, at Kadena Air Force Base, where he spent about a year of his life. He was raised in South Carolina and Iceland before moving to Clovis 20 years ago.

His mother has owned a restaurant for 20 years and his father is a sergeant for the New Mexico State Police following retirement as a Master Sergeant from the U.S. military.

Soule majored in biology and has a double minor in chemistry and mathematics from Eastern New Mexico University. He is working toward his masters in management. He enjoys reading and finds joy in learning through research videos and classes on YouTube. He enjoys taking care of his reptile pets and he helps his mother with the family restaurant as much as he can.

Soule said he never saw himself as a public servant but his path changed when he received a call for a job opening where he could put his mathematical skills to good use. He is the regional planner and program manager for Eastern Plains Council of Governments and works a lot with the DOT (Department of Transportation) side of the planning district. He is also the president of the Chamber of Commerce affiliate program, Young Professionals of Clovis.

What do you like about your job?

I like the freedom that comes with what I do, nice; not having to clock in, nice. I get to be very involved with community and be paid for that. For instance, I was able to help the city with the application process for a grant from a transportation program and it was awarded the full amount. I've helped with other grants. The program will help a lot of people.

What don't you like about your job?

Deadlines and dealing with local state and federal funds because they can be very confusing. The paperwork and regulations can be tedious and a big waste of paper. It is the least enjoyable when I have to print out a lot of paperwork for physical files when I'd prefer to do it electronically.

What's your idea of a perfect day?

I enjoy a rainy day because it's relaxing, plus this side of the state can always use water.

What's your favorite smell?

My favorite scent is lavender, but my favorite smell is to walk into a room of good-smelling food cooking.

Tell us about your pets.

I have a turtle, a couple of fishes and four pet snakes. I have a python and three king snakes. King snakes are nice to have around because they eat other snakes. I also have a turtle that I saved from a friend. It lives in a 55 gallon tank, swims around and seems to be very happy.

When you were a kid, what did you think you'd be doing as an adult?

I wanted to be an astronaut. I was obsessed with planets and stars. Science is definitely a passion of mine.

Who's invited to your fantasy dinner party and why?

I'd like to sit down with physics professor Dr. Michio Kaku of the City College of New York. He has some great speeches. Also, I'd invite Daenerys from Game of Thrones. I don't know who else I'd invite, but the chef would be Gordon Ramsay.

Tell us about your greatest individual accomplishment?

Getting my degree is an accomplishment and also being able to balance work, school, a social and personal life and family and maintaining my sanity.

What do you envision your life being like in 10 years?

I hope to have my doctorate and I see myself still working for the public in some capacity.

— Compiled by Correspondent D'Nieka Hartsfield

 

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