Julian Hemphill, Category Manager at Soligent, can do it all. Julian is an accomplished guitar player, carpenter, and problem solver. Having grown up in San Francisco’s Haight Ashbury neighborhood, Julian had the unique opportunity to see life through many perspectives and has used that skill to earn a degree in Psychology. Having worked his way up the corporate chain via IT to Supply Chain through the food industry, his love of helping the planet is what brought him to our industry. Having worked closely with organic wheat farmers in his past roles gave him a unique perspective on why renewable energy is so important both locally and globally.
When Julian isn’t working closely with our vendors to ensure we have the right stock in our inventory, you can find him listening to or playing Heavy Metal, hanging out with his girlfriend, or camping in his retrofit trailer that he just completed working on. Please read below to learn more about Julian.
What is your name?
What department do you work in?
How long have you worked at Soligent?
What advice would you give to your teenage self?
Don’t buy all those CD’s! Buy Google Stock and Bitcoin instead!
What do you do to turn things around when you’re having a bad day?
Loud music cures 99% of my bad moods.
What’s a trip that changed you, and why?
My trip to China was super eye-opening. I had never been out of the country and it was like nowhere else I had ever been! Trying to take a bus from Shandong Province to Gansu Province, while not being able to speak Chinese, was a fun challenge.
What’s something you saw recently that made you smile?
My dogs when I got home from a recent road trip. 🙂
What’s something—big or small—that you’re really good at?
Lifting heavy things.
What’s the best advice you were ever given? Who was it from?
“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!” -Grandpa
Do you have a hidden talent? What is it?
I can shred on the guitar.
If you could only eat one item for every meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Chicken! Any kind…
What’s your favorite sport to watch and which team do you root for?
MMA; the Diaz Brothers and Conor McGregor
What’s one hobby you’d love to get into?
What’s the first concert you ever went to?
What’s your favorite TV show—the one you’re always watching on repeat?
What’s your go-to karaoke song?
The Jackson 5 – ABC
What fictional place would you most like to visit?
Jurassic Park….you know, if they had ENERGY STORAGE systems for those electric fences.
What’s the top destination on your must-visit list?