Occupation: Services Director (Manufacturing East), Kronos
First Car: 1960 Volkswagon
Favorite Restaurant: New Reboza, Oak Park, IL
1. What are three things most people don’t know about you?
a) I won a short-story writing contest in 1990 and the prize was $10,000
b) I co-wrote the lyrics to a top 10 Australian song in 1976 and still get royalties from it
c) I left home at 16 and lived with a rock band for a year
2. What’s been your greatest adventure in life?
Moving to the US from Australia
3. What’s your best childhood memory?
Endless days on the beach when I was growing up in Australia
4. If you could have a conversation with a person of your choice, past, present or future, who would that person be and why?
Marilyn Monroe. I'd ask her if she really did commit suicide
5. What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done in your life?
Go to the funeral of both my parents
6. Tell us about your favorite hobby.
Traveling to other countries
7. What are you currently reading? What is your favorite book?
Currently reading a David Baldacci novel. I am a voracious reader so hard to pick a favorite one.
My most favorite over the last year would be Eric Clapton’s autobiography and Unbroken by Laura Hillebrand.
8. Do you have a favorite app(s) you can’t live without?
FlightTrack and FourSquare
9. Is there a particular place or thing you want to see?
The Seychelle Islands
10. If you could give $10,000 to a charity, what would that charity be and why?
Detroit Rescue. They do a fantastic job rescuing the dogs that roam in the poorer sections of Detroit.
11. If you weren’t on the professional services career track, what would you be doing?
A Mechanical Engineer
12. What is the path that led you to Professional Services/Consulting?
I started out as a librarian and then quickly moved into implementing library systems, then went to work for a library software vendor and never went back.
13. What advice would you give to a recent graduate who just took a job in professional services?
One of my key messages would be to ensure that not only do you know how to do something like a budget or a forecast, but understand why it is important. Why do we need it? And you always learn more by listening than talking. So listen, watch and learn!