Ant Q&A: David Vavra

David Vavra

What’s a typical day in the life of the AcrobatAnt controller?
Papers, papers everywhere. Nearly every transaction has supporting documentation. Since I’m involved in most transactions, papers and emails accumulate very quickly, so a good amount of my job is attempting to remove papers from my desk and emails from my inbox. At the beginning of 2017, I took on the role of IT manager as well. To properly fulfill this additional responsibility, I volunteered to take a few college IT courses. This has added a nice change of pace to my day-to-day duties over the past few years.

What are your job’s biggest challenges and how do you meet them?
Probably multitasking widely diverse responsibilities. One moment I’ll be preparing financial statements or submitting payroll, the next I’ll be taking apart a computer to upgrade the RAM or swap out a hard drive in our server room. You really have to be a jack-of-all-trades to fulfill this role in its current form. I’m also pretty skilled with a ladder and spare lightbulbs.

You have quite a busy life outside the agency. What are a few of your favorite things?
I love spending time with my wife and two children. If it is not wrestling with my 3-year-old son, it is blowing kisses with my 7-month-old daughter. When I’m not with them, you can find me working at the University of Tulsa as part of their sports camera crew, CaneVision. It’s an entertaining side gig that allows me to be on the sidelines during most football and basketball games. Most recently, I traded in my OKC Thunder season tickets for a master of accountancy (MAcc) program at the University of Oklahoma. It’s been an educational goal forever, and I look forward to starting this journey in the fall.  

Have you always been a technophile?
Hasn’t everyone?


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