Jonah Lopin

Occupation: Vice President, Services, HubSpot

First Car: Mom's minivan... I was really cool in High School.

Favorite Restaurant: El Faro - Ribs in fruit sauce. Lobster in green sauce. Sangria. Home made chips.

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

a).  I was home-schooled (until High School)
b). I was a Physics major
c). I am a proud founder and author at http://www.chineselanguageblog.com.

What's been your greatest adventure in life?

I moved to Beijing in 2003 and spent a year working for UNICEF, buying artwork from local painters and selling it on the web, and teaching at a Chinese kindergarten. It was a really interesting and fun year pursuing multiple interests and living in a great city on the other side of the world.

What's your best childhood memory?

My best childhood memories are from lake Winnipesaukee - warm sun, swimming, fun.

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

I’d like to talk to myself when I’m 75.

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

The hardest thing I’ve ever done is pass my circuits class in college. I just did not get along with those circuits.

Tell us about your favorite hobby.

My favorite hobby is skiing… I ski as often as I can.

My second favorite hobby is Internet marketing.

I spend about 100x more time on my second favorite hobby than my first.

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

I’m currently reading Twilight. I know it’s for teenage girls, but my sister recommended it and it’s pretty entertaining. I usually alternate reading business and fiction books. The last book I read was The Five Dysfunctions of the Team by Patrick Lencioni, which was quite interesting.

My favorite book is the Thorn Birds.

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

Next on my list are Thailand and Greece.

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

I would give the cash to the American Red Cross because they are very efficient.

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

I would probably work in product management or research. I think I was also a software developer in a past life, although I can’t write any code in this one.

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

I was an Analyst at Deloitte Consulting after Cornell, and I never kicked the habit.

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

Find out who the best people are at your firm and do whatever it takes to work with them.