Michael Resnick

Occupation: Director, Two Degrees Consulting

First Car: 1968 Pontiac Parisienne

Favorite Restaurant: Cafe Indochine, Federal Way, Washington

What are three things most people don't know about you?
I had forgotten these myself...

a). I volunteered as a blacksmith in a museum with a replica 1920's village. I made horseshoes out of iron rods on a coal fire, hammering it out on the anvil, etc.
 
b).I trained at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs for rifle shooting. There was a huge storm while I was there and we had to stay in the basement with the women's volleyball team.
 
c). I was a Programmer Analyst (Consulting) working on the welfare system for the State of Alaska and spent about 1.5 years in Juneau where I got a free car (long story) that required a screwdriver to open the trunk and had mushrooms growing on the floor in the back (this was my worst car ever). I sold it for $50 to a guy who wanted to sleep in it when he was fighting with his wife.

What's the best memory from your youth?

Beating several Olympic gold medalists and almost all of the US Olympic team members on the first day of the US International Championships for rifle shooting. Unfortunately I didn't do so well on the second day.

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

Leonardo da Vinci. An amazingly multi-talented person - inventor, astronomer, artist, and so on. I'd like to have him come to the present (or future) and hear what he thinks about where we are and where we are going.

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

The El Tour de Tucson - 111 mile bike race that I did to raise money for the Leukemia Society - while I was a Practice Director for Oracle Consulting.

What's your favorite hobby?

Walking my daughter to school with my dog. Others hobbies include movies, books, hiking around on my ranch with my dog, anything involving power tools especially chain saws or tractors, improv acting, theater, teaching.

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

Gai-Jin by James Clavelle and Grendel by John Gardner among others.
 
My favorite books are The Shockwave Rider by John Brunner, Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. and Mockingbird by Walter Tevis.

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

World peace.

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

The American Red Cross - they do great work and I am a volunteer for them teaching disaster preparedness, first aid, CPR and AED.

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

I'd be a psychologist and/or a university professor.

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

The co-op (internship) education program at Simon Fraser University (Vancouver, BC) where I got to work for IBM and Systemhouse (now part of EDS). I did projects in Juneau, AK, Toronto, ON and Edmonton, AB and was hooked.

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

Get as much variety as you can. Take an assignment overseas and see some other cultures. Most importantly, have fun doing it.