ELGL CO Lightning Round with Eric King and Gary Allis

Posted on October 3, 2012

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ELGL Central Oregon hosted a special forum on Tuesday with Eric King, Bend city manager and Gary Allis, Tauranga, New Zealand. The two discussed the ICMA Exchange Program and took on the famous ELGL Lightning Round.

Eric King, Bend City Manager

Gary Allis, Group Manager Engineering Services, Western Bay of Plenty,Tauranga New Zealand 



Favorite book of all-time:

Gary Allis (GA): Steps to the Top, Zig Zigler

Eric King (EK): The Lost Continent,” by Bill Bryson

Book that is on your nightstand right now:

GA: The Winner,  David Baldacci

EK: The Given Day, by Dennis Lehane

(Fill in the blank) When you wake up in the morning, you are motivated by………

GA: fine weather so I can go kayak fishing before work

EK: the bright Central Oregon sunshine

If you ran for elected office, what position would you run for?

GA: Minister of Sport and Recreation

EK: State Treasurer

Your best piece of career advice:

GA: Maintain a good work life balance, family is more important than career, and enjoy the journey

EK: Own your mistakes

Your favorite social media outlet:

GA: Facebook

EK: Facebook

Which actor/actress would play you in a movie?

GA: Preferably an actor, Bill Murray

EK: Edward Norton

What is the home page on your web browser?

GA: Google

EK: AOL Newsfeed

Biggest issue facing local government:

GA: In NZ central government focus on local government efficiency and effectiveness

EK: 1) Fair taxing structure with more local control and 2) Community acceptance of the need to re-invest in infrastructure.

Two things that people will say about you at your retirement party:

GA: He had fun and enjoyed his work, he knew what he was doing (and when he didn’t he relied on experience, instinct and faking it)

EK: 1) Good follow through, and 2) well organized, multi-tasker

First concert that you ever attended:

GA: Barry McGuire, late 1970’s

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EK: Van Halen

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Name three of your mentors:

GA: My wife Pam, my friend Peter Robinson, Glenn Snelgrove my current CEO

EK: My father-in Law, my wife, and my best friend from College

Who is at the dinner table if you could invite any three people (dead or alive)?

GA: My wife, Zig Zigler, Nelson Mandela

EK: My wife, son, and daughter

(Fill in the blank) Government….

GA: alive and kicking

EK: the best structure for community building, which is essential to sustaining humanity.

(Fill in the blank) ELGL is ……..

GA: a great initiative

EK: the reminder that we need to push ourselves in becoming more relevant to the next generation of leaders

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