He could’ve sought out another position there, the same way he did when he was just beginning his career. But this time, he recognized opportunity in loss.
His severance package gave him time and space to pursue his triple passions of business, people and IT. He launched his own IT outsourcing company, CMIT Solutions of Biltmore, during that year after leaving his job. Then, he looked to his network to see where his next opportunity lay.
As it turns out, it was with Allstate.
He was brought on in 2019 as the site leader for what would be a new customer service center in Chandler, Arizona. He built up the organization to 100 people before COVID hit.
“I had to get everybody home in two days,” Paskel recalls. “So, I got back out my IT tools: I was taking monitors apart, helping everybody get [home].”
It was around that time that Paskel decided to take another step forward in his career and his education. Earning an MBA had long been a possibility. Paskel knew it would differentiate him in his career, and he knew it would enhance his skill set. But the tipping point turned out to be more about helping others than helping himself.
“When you get an MBA, you have an option,” he says. “You have an opportunity to teach.”