Dan Martino

Occupation: Director, Professional Services, Roundpeg, Inc.

First Car: 1988 Pontiac GTA, Red

Favorite Restaurant: Harris' Steakhouse, San Francisco

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

a). I have a very sappy, soft side.  
b). I was a math wiz in High School.  
c). That I can go left with the basketball.

What's the best memory from your youth?

It depends on how you define youth.  If it’s my college years, then my memory’s a little hazy, but Arizona beating a No. 1 ranked Washington team has to be the tops.  Otherwise, my best, and sometime worst, memories involve working on my hitting and pitching with my father.  He was a very good baseball player in his youth and sometimes he wasn’t the most patient man in the world - probably his Italian blood - but it was what we both loved to do… we both loved baseball.

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

George Washington.  He was the most important man in the most important time in our nation’s history.  And unlike many of the founding fathers, he didn’t leave a paper trail; his inner most thoughts and ideas are often unknown.

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

Deal with my father’s passing.  He was very sick the last year of his life, and I didn’t know what to do.  It was one of the very few times I felt helpless.

What's your favorite hobby?

I love to golf, but I also love to work on my house.  I recently built a deck that looks great; it’s so fulfilling.  Golf is pretty fun though.

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

I’m currently reading, without much luck, The Moral Consequences of Economic Growth by Benjamin Friedman - I used to read a ton, but since my daughter was born, I just don’t have the time.

My favorite non-fiction book is Black Hawk Down or Guns, Germs & Steel.  My favorite fiction is the Harry Potter series though the Dark Tower series is a close second.

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

The Giants win the World Series!

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

I think I would give it to an inner city sports league, something that can have a direct effect on a young person’s life.

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

I’d be doing some mundane accounting/finance job.  I have a degree in Econ and was pursuing an accounting job before I got my first PS job.  I was hired for no other reason than the hiring manager thought I’d be good with customers; he thought he could teach me to program, but he couldn’t teach people skills.

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

Pure luck.

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

Be ready to work hard, take a lot of $%!#(@ and travel; but also be prepared to do things that make real, direct impacts on businesses and customers.