Occupation: VP of Services, Fliqz
First Car: Honda Civic affectionately named Willy because the license plate was WIL999
Favorite Restaurant: Commis in Oakland, CA
It is run by a former sous-chef, so you get all the experience and talent without all the pomp and circumstance.
What are three things most people don't know about you?
a). Even though I appear to be all business at work, I cry at Hallmark commercials at home.
b) In the early 60s, I had the opportunity to live in Taiwan with my family. This means that I learned Taiwanese at such an early age, I have been told I don’t speak with an American accent.
c). When I was in high school I dreamed of having a family with 13 kids.
What's been your greatest adventure in life?
Exploring the world is my adventure. I have lived on 4 different continents. My vacation times revolve around expanding my exploration. My most recent trek was to Africa on a photo safari and I haven’t yet made it to Australia, so that’s on my list.
What's your best childhood memory?
I have very fond memories of getting the entire neighborhood of kids together in the backyard and turning on the Partridge Family albums and lip syncing to the songs.
If you could have a conversation with a person of your choice, past, present or future, who would that person be and why?
I would love the opportunity to speak to a child of mine when they surpass 100 years of age. I would be interested in knowing how they viewed the technology of my era and the dramatic advancements in the timeframe of their life.
What's the hardest thing you've ever done in your life?
I am torn between starting a professional services organization from scratch in a foreign country or the backpack trip I took in the High Sierra’s this last summer at 11,000 feet altitude.
Tell us about your favorite hobby.
I love macro photography. I can often be found on my stomach taking pictures of mushrooms or insects or other small artifacts. I have gone crazy since the advent of digital and was an early adopter of some of the earliest digital cameras. Digital has provided me with the freedom to take thousands of pictures with remorse and I love the freedom and creativity it allows.
What are you currently reading? What is your favorite book?
I always have at least two books going at the same time. I tend towards Dave Baldacci and Michael Connelley for my personal entertainment. There is a group of friends that formed a book club more than 10 years ago and we read a book a month. We are very low key as you don’t need to read the book in order to come to the dinner. And most of the time, we only discuss the book for 10 minutes.
From that list of books, my favorites are Beneath the Marble Sky, a love story by Jon Shors about the building of the Taj Mahal and Luncheon of the Boating Party by Susan Vreeland, which is a novel about the back stories of the figures in Renoirs painting of the same name.
Is there a particular place or thing you want to see?
I would like to walk along the Great Wall of China.
If you could give $10,000 to a charity, what would that charity be and why?
Big Brothers/Big Sisters because they provide mentors for boys and girls.
If you weren't on the professional services career track, what would you be doing?
My dream job would be to run a small bed and breakfast in the Napa Valley.
What is the path that led you to Professional Services/Consulting?
I spent a couple years as a programmer but realized I liked working with people more than computers so I gravitated towards professional services. I have always been a good teacher so it was natural for me to take on roles that helped facilitate customers achieving their goals.
What advice would you give to a recent graduate who just took a job in professional services?
When you first starting working in professional services, take all the unique customer situations offered. By experiencing this diversity in customer scenarios, the learning you gain will enrich your contribution to your customers later in your career.