Staff Spotlight: An Interview with Frank Duplechain III

August 16, 2019 | by Anna Orendain

Categories: Spotlight

Every quarter TSAHC spotlights a staff member or partner to help our readers get to know our mission and industry a little better. This week, we are spotlighting TSAHC's Senior Business Development Specialist, Frank Duplechain III. 

Frank joined TSAHC in 2018 as a Homeownership Programs Specialist. In his time here at TSAHC, his role has included hosting classes around Texas to help REALTORS® and lenders learn about TSAHC's programs, fielding program questions from homebuyers, lenders, and REALTORS®, and managing the contracts for companies applying to participate in TSAHC's programs. 

Below is our interview with Frank.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

My name is Frank Duplechain. I’m an only child. I used to have over 30 computers, but I've downsized to 20. I like to build, fix, and take them apart in my free time. My background is in sales and banking, but I didn't feel like I was helping people as much as I wanted to in those fields. Honestly, my position at TSAHC is my favorite job that I’ve ever had. I really enjoy what I do now — I feel like I’m actually helping people.

How exactly did you come to work for TSAHC?

My mom found out about TSAHC when I was looking to buy a home. So I went to the TSAHC website, clicked “About Us,” read it, and was hooked. I started reading through the rest of the site and I thought, “Man, I want to work there!” Then magically, there was a posting for this position; so I sent a resume in, and about 4 weeks later, I was here!

We heard you had an amateur standup career...

I’ve always been the funny guy in groups, so when I went to a talent show and a band didn’t show up, I thought, “I can do fifteen minutes. No big deal.” So I got up, did fifteen minutes, and did well! I was hooked. I did it again for another fifteen minutes. And it was really fun to do, but I don't see myself getting up there again. I almost exclusively watch comedy shows in my free time though. When I get off work, I put on a standup special or some comedian’s podcast. Always comedy, always jokes, always laughs!

What else do you do in your free time when you’re not watching comedy or here at TSAHC?

I mostly play video games, golf, and read. I like to go on Reddit, find every new scientific study, and go through every page of them. I love reading research papers, because the news will say something like, “Study shows that kicking a turtle takes five years off your life.” So then I'll go read the whole study, because I have to see how they boiled a 500-page document down to “Kicking a turtle takes five years off your life.” Let me make my own conclusion!

Do you have a favorite genre of books, movies, or TV shows?

I used to have a stack of sci-fi “Choose Your Own Adventure” books when I was younger. While reading them, I would fold pages down as if to say, “No I’m coming back to this one day… I’m gonna do this differently.” I never went back through those books! I'd finish one and say, "Okay, gimme the next." But I don't think I've ever had as much fun as I did while reading those books.

If you knew you could accomplish one thing in particular and be guaranteed not to fail, what would you do?

Obviously, my first answer would be to win the next big lottery! But the next thing I'd want to do is start a super pac. I read that people younger than age forty-two feel like they have no political representation, so to help give people a way to make a difference, I've begun the process of creating a super pac called Redditors United. So if I was guaranteed to be successful, I would get that completely launched and start affecting political elections immediately!

Do you have a favorite piece of advice?

No one can stop you from doing something if you really wanna do it. There’s all kinds of factors that could stand in the way of accomplishing something, but if you really want to do it, nothing should stop you. Until somebody other than yourself tells you that you can't do something, keep going.

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