By Kris Kitto - 03/17/09 07:24 PM EDT
Hometown: Sandy Springs, Ga.
Marital status/children: Married for five years to Raquel Cabral Sours; yellow Lab, Halle.
Last job: Gingrey’s legislative director
First job: Web developer with the Army’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps
Most unusual job: Bagel chef
College: College of William and Mary
Managerial style: “We’ve got a lot of talent here, and part of my job is helping set goals and ensur[ing] that we are moving the bar higher every day. While I firmly believe there is no substitute for hard work, I also believe that staff are more productive and excel when they are having fun and sharing in the success of something bigger than themselves, so I like to make sure we don’t lose sight of the bigger picture.”
Dream job (not including present one): General manager of the Atlanta Braves
Passion outside of work: Spending time with family and friends; baseball; golf; Capital Life Church
Most embarrassing moment: “I spent two summers during college working at a bagel company in Atlanta. When I came back for the second summer, I was honored when the store manager asked me to be the director of marketing. My sense of accomplishment was short-lived — the next day the manager emerged from the storage room with an enormous plastic bagel, and I spent the next several days standing on the corner of a very busy intersection in Atlanta with this ridiculous bagel draped over my shoulders.”
Most inspirational figure: “My family is a big source of inspiration for me. And although I’m sure it is a very common answer, Ronald Reagan — he led with courage and conviction during a very trying time and inspired a nation with his sense of hope and optimism. Lastly, George Brett for the intensity, grit and determination with which he played baseball. I’ve also seen a few interviews with him and, needless to say, a round of golf with him would be a pretty entertaining experience.”
Claim to fame: “I rode a mechanical bull for 37 seconds at a Cinco de Mayo party. I beat the runner-up by 15 seconds. I may have a second career in bull-riding.”
After graduating with a business degree from The College of William and Mary, Sours took a job in Fairfax, Va., as a contracted Web developer for the Army. After the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Sours decided to move back home to Georgia when his contract expired. But he left a piece of himself in the District.
“My heart really was in D.C., and having been a business major and gone through that set of circumstances, I really wanted to get involved again,” he said. “I wasn’t too sure about how to go about doing that, but I knew I wanted to work for a Georgia member.”
Sours met Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.) shortly after the Georgian lawmaker took office in 2003. It was at a Georgia Tech baseball game where Gingrey had just thrown out the first pitch for his alma mater. “I could tell that he was definitely someone I would like to work for,” Sours said.
Sours started on Capitol Hill more than four years ago as a staff assistant in Gingrey’s office.
“I’ve done everything I could to make the most of it,” he said of his time with Gingrey.
The newly minted chief of staff said he misses his friends and family in Georgia and looks forward to an eventual return. “I love what I’m doing and I love where I am, but at some point I certainly hope to be back in Georgia,” he said.