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60 Seconds with Shane Forrest
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60 Seconds with Shane Forrest

Q. Before working at Watertech, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
A. Cleaning out repossessed houses. One house in particular I remember the people had a pig living in one of the upstairs bedrooms!
Q. How long have you been with Watertech?
A. 3 years in April
Q. What do you like most about Watertech?
A. Watertech is a company that truly cares about its employees and their families. I’ve worked for companies that say that, but their actions don’t follow. Watertech has shown me numerous times that it truly is a priority.

Q. What is the favorite part about working for Watertech?
A. Innovation! A lot of people think that only big companies can innovate, but I’ve actually found more innovative and creative solutions with Watertech than when I used to work for one of the big guys. Our knowledge and experience as a company coupled with the resources we have access to makes seemingly difficult applications a lot of fun to work on.

Q. What is your favorite part of your job?
A. Helping new or existing customers apply new technology to their treatment operations to reduce energy or water consumption, or reduce/eliminate a waste stream. Being an outdoor enthusiast, I like feeling like I’ve done something to help preserve our environment for future generations which I find pretty cool.

Q. What is your favorite Watertech memory?
A. Ooh this is a tough one, and I’ve only been here 3 years! I’d have to say it’s a tie between the spud gun competition, and axe throwing!
Q. Do you have a favorite newspaper, blog?
A. No but how about podcasts! American History Tellers and The Rich Outdoors are fantastic!
Q. Do you have a favorite quote?
A. “Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen” Michael Jordan
Q. Do you recall any embarrassing moment at work?
A. At my previous job I was working late in the lab one night, and I was sitting at my computer with my headphones in. I assumed the lab would be empty since it was so late, so I let out a nice loud fart. I even laughed a little. I heard someone else laughing and turned around to see a young female engineer.

Q. Favorite travel spot?
A. So tough to pick just one, but if I had to I would say the Oregon Coast.

Q. How do you define success?
A. 100% effort. The outcome is irrelevant if you give everything you have.

Q. If you could be anyone from any time period who would it be and why?
A. Teddy Roosevelt hands down! He got to see the most beautiful parts of our country before people had a chance to commercialize them, and he helped create our first National Parks to make sure those areas were preserved for future generations. Plus, he had a sweet mustache…

Q. If you could change one thing about working here, what would it be?
A. The breakfasts Jeff brings to our monthly meetings…what’s a guy gotta do to get some eggs and meat around here!

Q. If you could witness any historical event, what would you want to see?
A. How the dinosaurs went extinct. I just want to know!

Q . If you had to eat one meal, every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?
A. Venison backstrap sandwiches with grilled onions and blue cheese. The venison has to be seared but rare in the middle though, and they have to be on brown n serve rolls not regular bread.
Q. If you were an animal what would you be?
A. An Osprey. It would be awesome to be able to fly! Plus they live in some really cool places, and there’s really nothing that wants to eat them.

Q. Least favorite Food?
A. Celery. I don’t understand why it’s even considered food. It’s 95% water and I’m pretty confident the other 5% is a mix of sour milk and decomposing leaves.

Q. People would be surprised if they knew:
A. I like to listen to classical music while I work.

Q. What are your hopes for our industry?
A. That eventually we can cool/heat/process waste without using water and industrial water treatment is no longer needed

Q. What do you like to do on your days off?
A. Just about anything outside! Hunting, fishing, hiking, kayaking.

Q . What is on your bucket list?
A. A two to three week trip down the Amazon river.

Q. What is the first thing you would buy if you won the lottery?
A. A house on the Oregon coast near Astoria.

Q. What is your family like?
A. My mom and dad run a small hardware store in Northern Wisconsin, and my brother works with Idaho Fisheries managing a team of folks that tags and releases salmon across the state. My parents raised us to love the outdoors, follow our passions, and respect others. We spent a lot of our childhood in the hardware store which was actually a lot of fun. Lots of great hiding places! We had a pretty small house, so when we were home, we were usually outside. Pretty fun way to grow up! 
Q. What is your favorite sport?
A. Basketball

Q. What is your greatest fear?
A. One of my kids getting hurt or sick 

Q. What is your personal philosophy?
A. Work hard, play hard.
Q. What one food do you wish had zero calories?
A. Ice cream!!!

Q. What phobias do you have?
A. I have an irrational fear of walking up dark stairs form the basement and something grabbing my foot. Not sure what you call that.

Q. What was your favorite book, toy, or outfit as a child?
A. The original nerf bows my parents gave my brother and I were awesome. I used to make my brother pretend to be a deer so I could shoot him.

Q. What would you do (for a career) if you weren’t doing this?
A. I always thought it would be cool to be a cop or a firefighter.

Q. What would you most like to tell yourself at age 13?
A. Enjoy the simplicity of life. It only gets more complicated!

Q. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
A. Play the piano

Q. What’s your favorite drink?
A. Milk. Is that weird for a 33 year old guy?

Q. What state or country do you never want to go back to?
A. Los Angeles. Smells like wet dogs, people everywhere, ridiculous traffic, and terrible sushi. 

Q. What songs have you completely memorized?
A. James Taylor, Sweet Baby James

Q. Are you usually early or late?
A. Early

Q. What hobby would you get into if time and money weren’t an issue?
A. Racing off-road trucks
Q. How often do you play sports?
A. I try to play basketball three times a week

Q. What fictional place would you most like to go? 
A. Pandora from Avatar. I really want to ride one of those dinosaur bird things from the movie!

Q. Phone Call or Text?
A. Phone call

Q. Form or Function?
A. Function

Q. High-tech or Low-tech?
A. Low-tech

Q. Whiskey or water?
A. Water