Brandon Walsh

Occupation: Consulting Manager , Deltek

First Car: I don't remember the year, but it was an old brown Oldsmobile Cutlass with a 3-inch thick rear wooden bumper.

Favorite Restaurant: Morton's Steakhouse, Reston, VA - (I love a medium cooked filet mignon paired with a California cabernet sauvignon!)

What are three things most people don't know about you?

a). My daughter and I have movie night once a week (I think I can recite “The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning” line by line)
b).  My grandfather played for the Boston Celtics (John Janisch)
c).  Occasionally I like to smoke a good cigar (Ashton is my favorite brand).

What's been your greatest adventure in life?

Raising my daughter ..... the adventure continues.

What's your best childhood memory?

LOL - I can’t believe I am writing this...... when I was 9, I won a lip-sync competition with my “stunning” rendition of Michael Jackson’s song ‘Thriller’.  My 14 year old brother, who used to beat me up daily, carried me out of the theater on his shoulders.  My prize: a 13-inch black and white TV.

If you could have a conversation with a person of your choice, past, present or future, who would that person be and why?

Jesus.  He seems worthy of this choice and I would enjoy hearing his views on modern religious teachings and today’s political climate.

What's the hardest thing you've ever done in your life?

Marine Corps Boot Camp.

Tell us about your favorite hobby.

I love cooking and wine tasting.  I usually spend 1 week a year studying at The Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley continuing to enhance my wine and culinary skills.

What are you currently reading? What is your favorite book?

I am currently reading “When Professionals Have to Lead: A New Model for High Performance.” One of the authors was my favorite instructor at the Harvard Business School Program: Leading Professional Services Organizations.  The Iliad by Homer is my favorite book.

Is there a particular place or thing you want to see?

I want to see my daughter complete her undergraduate degree at The University of Virginia.  She is only 5 now so this is going to take awhile.

If you could give $10,000 to a charity, what would that charity be and why?

The Special Olympics.  I donate money and volunteer at the Washington, DC Special Olympics Summer Games every year.  It is a great cause.

If you weren't on the professional services career track, what would you be doing?

Hosting my own cooking show on The Food Network...... well I’d like to think that’s what I would be doing.

What is the path that led you to Professional Services/Consulting?

After I was discharged from the Marines in 1999, I read that the two fastest growing industries over the next ten years were Health Care and IT.  I looked at the opportunities within the IT industry and started training in project management.  Early in my career I quickly learned that my strongest natural skills are being in front of customers, building relationships, understanding issues and executing plans for resolution.  Professional Services was a logical fit.

What advice would you give to a recent graduate who just took a job in professional services?

Ensure that you understand your career path in order to build a foundation with the experience and education you need in order to be successful.