D.Chip Newton

Occupation:  Manager, Emerging Solutions, Deloitte Consulting, LLP

First Car: My parent's 1967 Lt. Blue Pontiac Station Wagon (driving it to school was ever so cool - not!)

Favorite Restaurant:Top Flr, Midtown - Atlanta, GA

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

a). I’m the 7th of 7 children (5 girls/2 boys)
b). I have dual citizenship with the US and UK
c). I have bungee jumped 3 different times

What's been your greatest adventure in life?

I love traveling and specifically exploring the UK with my Aunty Carol.  We travel over every year and spend a week or so exploring areas we’ve not yet been to visit.

What's your best childhood memory?

Rough-housing with my brother and sister.  We played football where my sister and I were one team and my brother was the other (he was much taller/bigger than both of us and beat us every time)

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

Present: George W - “what were you thinking about in the past 8 yrs.? Oh, and any answer that includes the words ‘WMD’ or ‘terrorist’ simply won’t suffice.”
Past: Picasso - “What was your most inspiring person, idea or thing?”

Future: 1st female president of the US - “How did you get here? And what took you so long?”

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

Give my Mother’s eulogy on July 31st, 2001.

Tell us about your favorite hobby.

I enjoy extreme sports/activities which include b-jumping, hiking, parasailing, parachuting (which I’ve yet to try) and shooting at a range.

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

Current - Profiles in Audacity: Great Decisions and How They Were Made by Alan Axelrod

Favorite - Executive Intelligence: What All Great Leaders Have by Justin Menkes

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

I’ve never been to Australia, any of the Pacific Rim, Greece or Russia and would enjoy visiting all of them.

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

I would give the money to Youth Pride.  I think it is a travesty that young people do not feel comfortable with who they are in the 21st century and resort to alienation and suicide induced by societal peer pressure.

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

I would travel the world.

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

I fell into it. -Seriously, I was discontent with my position at a large hotel company and decided to do something about it.  I ‘dialed for dollars’ each day contacting at least 3 different people until finally I received a call from the Retail Practice Leader at Lawson Software. I was there for 7 years, leaving as the Technology Practice Director for Public Sector.  While I currently work for Deloitte, that position and the leadership that surrounded me prepared me the most for where I am today.

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

I would advise them to network with as many people in your organization as possible, no matter what their level.  Your reputation is what people remember and what will propel your career - ensure it is pristine.