CAA VIPs: Meet Josh!

CAA VIPs: Meet Josh!

2022-07-19T14:54:20-04:00July 22nd, 2021|Capital Analytics Associates, HR|

2 min read June 2022 –  Josh, senior executive director for Capital Analytics, shares his background and interests. Josh also reflects on his time at CAA, his favorite TV show and his spirit animal.

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Bucks county, which is about 40 minutes outside of Philadelphia City Center. It was a really nice place to grow up. There was wide-open space, great families and a big core focus on youth athletics.The education system I went through was also run very well. Still to this day, where I grew up holds a lot of weight as a desirable place that people want to live. My family actually still lives there. 

What are your hobbies?

I enjoy spending time doing transformation projects like landscaping work and home renovations. I like the satisfaction of being able to see a project I began all the way through to completion. A big thing for me has also been sports. I love watching football and baseball, and I’m a huge fan of the Philadelphia Eagles.

Where did you go to college and what was your major?

After living in Bucks County, I moved to Pittsburgh and went to Pitt for college. I spent three years out in Pittsburgh, which was about as far away as I could go and still receive in-state tuition. My major was communications and rhetoric, which allowed me to meet a lot of different people. I had classes with people on the football team, the basketball team and all sorts of  other people because my major was kind of the major you decide on when you aren’t exactly sure what you want to do.

You worked in the subprime loan industry when it collapsed. Did this affect your future career path at all?

What I liked about it was being able to review everything that someone had going on and help them find solutions for whatever their goals were, whether that be paying off debt, getting cash for an investment or getting a loan. Some people were writing the loans the correct way and others weren’t. There were good deals and bad deals. I watched that happen but I didn’t partake in it. It made sense to look at alternate options when the last thing everyone was trying to do was get loans that they weren’t going to qualify for, so I decided to get out of the industry. After getting out of the loan industry I went to a few other companies. I worked for another mortgage company, Yellow Pages, IT companies, and eventually ended up at Capital Analytics. 

What have you enjoyed most throughout your career?

I like working with a team. I enjoy helping people find a solution for their problems, whether that be getting people cash for their mortgages, finding the correct placement for an advertisement or even coming up with an IT solution. The ability to help someone feel like they got the best solution to their problem is what I find most satisfying.

What is your favorite thing about working for Capital Analytics?

I have been here for a little over four years, and I really have been able to see the company grow over that period. When I first began working here, I believe that the company was operating in only six markets. Now that number is 19. What I have come to realize is that I enjoy the diversity in what your day is going to look like. Some days you are going to meet with folks who run construction companies, and the next day you are going to meet with the CEO of a Fortune 100 company. This job allows for the ability to make great connections and expand your network, while also creating our publication, which does an amazing job breaking down an entire market into its various components. I also think it’s really cool to be working on producing a business tool that not really anyone else is creating. We have a really special niche product, and there’s nothing else like that. 

What is a TV show or movie that you’ll never get tired of watching?

One that strikes a cord is The Office. I also like Seinfeld, but The Office is where it is at. When it comes to movies, there are just too many good ones to pick one. 

If you were to be an animal, what animal would it be?

My friends have called me a gorilla in the past, but I don’t know if I would describe myself as that. I would say a Rhino. They are majestic, have horns, and are self-sufficient animals that kind of just find their way. I don’t know if they are social creatures, but I am very social. I also like that they have thick skin and can deal with adversity and they are resilient. I would say they are survivors with the ability to charge through things.