To the common employee at Terakeet, Kevin Hassett is the Director of Product Implementation, or the tall quiet guy who sits in the corner of the second floor. But what most don’t know, is that during his tenure he has held more than five different titles, and has worked in nearly every department within this company. At Terakeet, Kevin Hassett – or “Haus” as we call him – is as close to a jack-of-all-trades as you can get. His competitive drive has willed him to become an expert at whatever he touches, regardless of the time it takes.
Rest assured, this doesn’t stop within Terakeet’s walls. In his spare time, you can find Haus handing the Syracuse Orange one of the biggest upsets in school history, hustling on the dartboard, or even sliding into home plate on the kickball field. So where did this competitive edge come from and how does it fuel his every day routine? I had the privilege of sitting down with Haus to find out.
When did you first discover your passion for competition and how does your competitive edge drive your goals?
I don’t know if I really discovered it at any specific point in time, but was rather born into it. My great uncle, Buddy Hassett, was a professional baseball player who had a career that culminated in playing for the New York Yankees. He still has some records that have lasted to present time. My other great uncle, Billy Hassett, was a professional basketball player who’s tenure in the NBA resulted in a championship with the Lakers in 1950. Sporting events and competition was ingrained in me as a child because I always wanted to emulate members of my family.
My competitive edge isn’t really the force that drives me in my goals, but it is rather a tool that pushes me to always try to be the best version of myself and provide maximum effort at anything I do. My father has always told me that if I am gonna do something, I might as well do it right, and that is something that has endured in my personality to this day.
What is one word that describes you and how does that relate to what you do here at Terakeet?
It’s very hard to attempt to describe yourself with one word, but if I have to, I think confident is a strong candidate for a descriptor of my personality. I think this character trait has allowed me to succeed in the myriad of responsibilities I have had at Terakeet. Without the optimism and constant learning I have been able to institute in my tenure here, I think I would have bit off a little more than I could chew with some of the roles and tasks I have performed.
Who are you chasing at Terakeet, and what is your goal with that chase?
I will preface this answer with the fact that I am chasing a lot of people at Terakeet who have character traits and knowledge that I hope to mirror someday. In particular, I am constantly chasing Ryan Garver and Pat Danial in their insatiable need to learn and try new things.
As a personal example with Ryan, about 3 or 4 years ago, I was talking to him about potentially going sky diving sometime in the near future. Him being the adventurous type, he obviously wanted to try it, but instead he one upped me. About a year later Ryan told me he got his pilot’s license and now actually flies planes instead of just jumping out of them. Either way, self betterment is a drive that few can achieve at the level these two consistently do, and I hope to emulate that in the future.
What is your favorite aspect of Terakeet?
My favorite aspect of Terakeet is having the ability to constantly learn and try new things. We have grown and evolved so much as a company in the 5+ years I have worked here, and being a central player in that maturation has been incredibly rewarding.
If there was one fictional character that you would say suits you best, who would it be?
I am having trouble of thinking of a character that best describes me, so I am gonna go with Brent Scott and Mat Fox’s running joke that compares me to Dr. Perry Cox on the show Scrubs. Apparently my sarcastic and blunt humor reminds them of him.