February 11, 2020
Michael Goswick was recently awarded TURNERBATSON’s S. Edgar Batson Award for his impact of integrity, congeniality, and business savvy within our firm. Michael came to TURNERBATSON fresh out of Mississippi State, so the firm has shaped the way Michael uses his personality and skill set to lead a variety of projects with a collaborative spirit. This soon-to-be father of three can be found having playtime with his two daughters, trying to beat his record of 70 books in a year, or planning his next road trip.
1. What are the top 3 most used apps on your phone?
Apple Podcast, Bleacher Report, and Goodreads.
2. If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?
I would like to take a family road trip out west and visit North and South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho. Ideally, we would drive to Mount Rushmore, Yellowstone, and Glacier Nation Parks to experience the wide-open, peaceful, and natural scenery.
3. What would your autobiography be called?
“You Should Read This!” How cool would it be to live a life so impactful that people would want to read about it? That is the goal of mine.
4. What makes TB so special?
Our firm has a “we” culture rather than a “me” culture. TURNERBATSON was my first and only real job. I have grown up here. I’ve been given so many excellent opportunities, learned so many lessons, and been taught by some of the most knowledgeable and caring people.
5. What does family mean to you?
It is a wonderful bond that is impossible to live without. From my wife, daughters, and soon-to-be son to my parents and siblings, I couldn’t live without their support and the joy they bring to my life. Enjoy the small things, because usually the unexpected moments are the ones that make the best memories and bring the most joy.
6. What magazines and books have you read recently?
Reading is one of my favorite things to do. Last year, I read 70 books, so it’s safe to say, it’s one of my main hobbies. Two of my favorites of 2019 were “Fall and Rise: The Story of 9/11” by Mitchell Zuckoff and “The Green Mile” by Stephen King.
7. What is a skill you’d like to learn and why?
I would like to become better at woodworking (furniture, cookware, etc.). It’s been one of my favorite pastimes because it provides me an opportunity to work with my hands in a relaxing, rewarding manner.
8. What is your favorite building (any building ever)?
Pretty much anything by Louis Kahn. He was able to make very delicate moves with decidedly not delicate materials, which created amazing design opportunities that are still used today.
9. Tell us a cool fact about yourself.
I went on a road trip with my father last year to Gettysburg, Cooperstown, Philadelphia, and Fort McHenry. It was a bucket list trip for both of us, and the kind of trip that everyone should take with a special person.
10. If you could witness any event past, present, or future, what would that be?
On the road trip with my father, we toured Philadelphia and Independence Hall. I think it would have been amazing to witness the formulation and signing of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. The strength it took to create both of those documents that have survived and guide us to this day is fascinating.
February 11, 2020