Michael Yinger

Occupation: Principal, Customer Solutions, Inc.

First Car: '69 Buick Le Sabre. Big enough for 6 people and 3 kegs (in the trunk).

Favorite Restaurant: Kimono, a sushi restaurant - Parker, CO

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

a). I was a sailor (meaning ships, not boats).
b). I like Linkin Park.
c). I play the guitar.

What's been your greatest adventure in life?

Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro

What's your best childhood memory?

Family vacations in British Columbia.  It was a 3 week road trip up the West Coast via 101.

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

Bill Clinton.  I want to know why he talked (and why he lied) and what he would do differently.

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

I had to fly home from Singapore (a 20 hour trip) not knowing if my 3 week old son would be alive when I arrived (he was, and now he’s about to graduate from high school).

Tell us about your favorite hobby.

I’m not a dedicated hobbiest.  My pursuits are pretty eclectic. I collect wine, and enjoy new finds.  I also collect Sinatra CD’s.

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

Current:  The Big Bing, The Rational Project Manager and The Lincoln Lawyer.
Favorite:  Starship Troopers.

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

I’d like to visit the Himilayas.  Although I have no desire to climb them, I would like to be at the foot of the majesty they represent.

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

Imus Ranch for Kids with Cancer.  I like the ethic they project and I like the work they are doing, helping one kid at a time deal with a potentially life-ending struggle.

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

Merchant marine, working on either container ships or tankers.

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

I realized about 11 years ago that I had become an internal consultant, moving from project to project throughout the company (IT, Logistics, Customer Service).  I also realized that I enjoyed the challenge and variety of projects, changing clients.  I made the decision in 1997 to move from an internal role to a direct consulting one.  I’ve never looked back.

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

Listen.  When you think you have something to say, write it down.