Occupation: Owner & President , SPM Solutions
First Car: Hyundai Scoupe LS (bright yellow!)
Favorite Restaurant: Marcel's, Washington, DC
What are three things most people don't know about you?
1. I play the violin.
2. I am a wine geek. I love to read about wine, taste wine, and match wine with food.
3. I did all my education in France but never worked in France. I moved to the US straight after graduating.
What's been your greatest adventure in life?
This is a “déjà-vu” but being a dad has been my greatest adventure in life. My two beautiful daughters are a daily source of joy, challenge, and unconditional love.
What's your best childhood memory?
Summer camps where I got to do various activities: horse riding, kayaking, speleology, and more!
If you could have a conversation with a person of your choice, past, present or future, who would that person be and why?
Thomas Jefferson, I would love to get his view on the current state of the USA, domestically and internationally.
What's the hardest thing you've ever done in your life?
Filling out this questionnaire wink
Seriously, raising kids is the hardest when you care so much about them.
Tell us about your favorite hobby.
I’ve been playing the violin for 9 years. My grand-father was playing the violin, my father is playing the violin, and my daughter has started the violin this year. It’s clearly in our genes.
What are you currently reading? What is your favorite book?
I’m currently reading “You Staying Young” by Dr Roizen and Dr Oz. This was a gift from a friend when I turned 40 last year, quite - “a propos”!
I also read a lot of magazines, Wine Spectator, Harvard Business Review, and business/management magazines from France.
Is there a particular place or thing you want to see?
I love to travel and I’ve traveled quite a bit so far but there are still lots of places I’d like to visit. In particular, I’d love to see the midnight sun above the Arctic Circle and the aurora borealis.
If you could give $10,000 to a charity, what would that charity be and why?
National MS Society. I have a few friends who have been diagnosed with MS.
If you weren't on the professional services career track, what would you be doing?
I would still be developing software.
What is the path that led you to Professional Services/Consulting?
It was a mix of chance and conscious decision.
Before Intersect Software, I had spent 8 years developing software. I started at Intersect Software developing our product. In 2002, I was asked to go to France to demo our software in French. I really enjoyed it and requested to move from R&D to Sales (my fellow developers called it “going to the dark side"). The company was small so I had to wear many hats: pre-sales and post-sales. As the company grew, I had to “specialize” and chose to dedicate my efforts to professional services.
What advice would you give to a recent graduate who just took a job in professional services?
Become an expert in the product and pay attention to customer expectations, a consultant value is to bridge the gap between what a product does and how a customer wants to use the product.