Occupation: SVP, Professional Services & Support, Aderant
First Car: 1965 Datsun 1600 Roadster
Favorite Restaurant: North Pond in Lincoln Park, Chicago
What are three things most people don't know about you?
a). I’m a classically trained bass violin player and have played at Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, and toured Europe as a high schooler
b). I have sung in The Atlanta Opera and sang backup for Andy Williams
c). I’m an amateur actor in little theater and also was an extra in “Enemy of the State.”
What's been your greatest adventure in life?
Singing for Pope Benedict in 2006 and in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome for the High Mass of The Feast of St. Peter’s Chair.
What's your best childhood memory?
Going onto the field at Shea Stadium in 1965 and meeting the NY Mets and Lou Brock of the Cardinals.
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 find his breadth, depth, and zeal for life fascinating!
What's the hardest thing you've ever done in your life?
Put my beloved Bernese Mountain Dog to sleep when he was only 4 years old.
Tell us about your favorite hobby.
Singing - church choir, community chorus, opera, country, rock and roll. Every chance I get.
What are you currently reading? What is your favorite book?
Currently - The Thames by Peter Aykroyd - I’m fascinated with English history.
Favorite - The Stand by Steven King
Is there a particular place or thing you want to see?
I would like to do a safari in Africa.
If you could give $10,000 to a charity, what would that charity be and why?
The American Cancer Society. They touch so many lives and we’ve made such great progress in the past 10 years - you just think that perhaps we’re around the corner from a breakthrough.
If you weren't on the professional services career track, what would you be doing?
Playing bass and singing backup for Faith Hill.
What is the path that led you to Professional Services/Consulting?
I got into justifying “getting into the services business” at IBM back in the late 80’s. I really believed it and just followed the passion.
What advice would you give to a recent graduate who just took a job in professional services?
Get a frequent flyer number, keep your skills high - and BE FLEXIBLE!