Occupation: Vice President, Implementations, JPMorgan Chase
First Car: Red, 4-Speed, Mercury Capri with my boom box sandwiched between the bucket seats and plugged into the cigarette lighter. I loved that car.
Favorite Restaurant: Limon - San Francisco, CA
What are three things most people don't know about you?
a). My university’s mascot was the “Fighting Blue Hens”
b). Each year my family likes to pick wild blackberries and make a blackberry pie.
c). For a day, many years ago, I was a shepherd in a desert in Rajasthan, India.
What's been your greatest adventure in life?
Raising two young boys is definitely the biggest and greatest adventure. In the most recent chapter I traveled for 41 hours to an orphanage in Petropavlovsk, Kazakhstan, in Southern Siberia, to adopt our second son.
What's your best childhood memory?
Clamming and crabbing in Merrill’s Inlet South Carolina while visiting my grandparents on summer vacations.
If you could have a conversation with a person of your choice, past, present or future, who would that person be and why?
Marvin Bower, who beginning in the 1930’s created the field of professional management consulting. He was a man of tremendous vision and integrity.
What's the hardest thing you've ever done in your life?
Joining a start-up following the dot.com bust and helping it grow without external funding until successfully sold five years later.
Tell us about your favorite hobby.
Since moving from New York City to San Francisco surfing has become my favorite hobby. Peering out across the horizon between sets is rejuvenating while riding waves is pure joy.
What are you currently reading? What is your favorite book?
Current: Apples are from Kazakhstan: The Land that Disappeared by Christopher Robbins; It’s an entertaining and informative look at a long forgotten country that overnight became geopolitically relevant again.
Favorite: The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger; unlike the movie it’s both interesting and exciting.
Is there a particular place or thing you want to see?
The temples of Angkor Wat, Cambodia.
If you could give $10,000 to a charity, what would that charity be and why?
Conservation International because the world is a much more interesting place for all of us with its natural wonders protected.
If you weren't on the professional services career track, what would you be doing?
Starting a company.
What is the path that led you to Professional Services/Consulting?
At my first employer I volunteered for a financial systems project that I really enjoyed. A year later a catastrophic business event at a competitor caused our CFO to initiate a derivatives risk management system project. Based on my prior project experience, he picked me to lead it. I added a couple of management consultants from Coopers to my project team and soon realized I liked the kind of work they were doing. After graduating with an MBA from the Stern School of Business at NYU, I joined Ernst & Young as a management consultant. When an interesting opportunity came up to help build a Professional Services group at a start-up, I moved in that direction.
What advice would you give to a recent graduate who just took a job in professional services?
Make sure the position will provide the mentoring, coaching, training and other development opportunities you need. If not come up with a plan to supplement this need with outside resources.