Employee Spotlight – Travis Cram
Travis joined PSC’s Marketing department in 2015. He is the Communications Manager and has been an asset in the launch and creation of PSC’s new Website and does all of PSC’s video production. Travis is from Arlington, but has been in Lubbock long enough to claim it as home. He is a HUGE shark fan, a Kliff Kingsbury look-alike, loves any and all things sports related, and is not ashamed to admit he loves the movies Mean Girls and 13 Going on 30.
Tell us a little bit about yourself. I love sports, video games and love producing video and telling stories about people. I think that is something I have continued to grow in and become better at. I have really become obsessed with staying in shape and running competitively again. I did my first half marathon last year and have run three since, plus I am training for a full marathon by the end of the year. My goal is to qualify for the Boston Marathon in the next two years – which means running a sub-3-hour marathon.
How did you first learn about PSC? PSC did the renovations for the Texas Tech Football Facility when I first started working in Texas Tech athletics as the multimedia director and I remember helping coordinate getting the artwork for the displays and such.
What has been your favorite project at PSC? I’ve learned about so many that it’s hard to pinpoint one. I really enjoyed seeing the CHCL from the early stages to final product. That’s a very cool project because of the elements inside the building and how much it offers the Lubbock community in one place. I love seeing the athletics facilities and stadiums we are working on. John Walker Soccer Complex at Texas Tech is probably one of my favorites. It is very unique for a women’s college soccer program to have an elite complex like that and helps in recruiting.
Before working at PSC, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had? Oh man. I’d say the most interesting job was working as a sports information director at Texas Tech. It was a blast and you get to be very involved on the ground floor with the teams at Tech from practices and game days to recruiting. There’s so much that goes on behind the scenes and it is non-stop. Being on the sidelines and in the locker rooms after a big win. Going to Omaha was a blast. I really enjoyed getting to work with the small sports too, like golf and track – not just the main sports. My most unusual job was probably the combination or working as a maintenance person at a storage unit place during the mornings, go to class all day, and then work as a cook/bar-back at Bash Riprock’s at night one summer while I was in college. I worked very hard to make sure I got my degree and did not have to do that again.
If you could switch your job with anyone else at PSC, whose job would you want and why? That’s a good one. I mean, I think it would be interesting to see things from (PSC CEO) Joe Rapier’s point of view for a day, but maybe even go out with an architect to a project in Japan or Germany. The work we are doing with our Federal K-12 Sector and 21st Century schools on these bases is really interesting to me. I think each project is unique and the designs are very outside the box.
Tell us something about yourself that would surprise us. I secretly want to go cage diving with Great White Sharks off the coast of Australia or South Africa. I love sharks. I think they are amazing animals and would love to see one up close like that. Just not get eaten.
Tell us about your family. I was lucky enough to convince my only serious high school girlfriend to come to Texas Tech with me and then marry me. We’ve been best friends for 16 years and have been married for 12. She’s given me two incredible kids – a boy and a girl – they are the most incredible blessings I could ever ask for. They are my “why” in everything I do in life.
Tell us three things that most people don’t know about you. 1.) I am an obsessive fantasy sports player; 2.) I can’t remember a single line from any book I’ve read, but can pretty much quote every movie I’ve ever seen; and 3.) I won the Arlington City Golf Championship when I was 17.
What’s one thing you can’t live without? My kids. I don’t know what kind of person I would be today without them. I think any dad would say the same. But if we are talking possessions – my iPhone. Good Lord how did we ever survive without iPhones. It’s sad!