Occupation: Vice President, Technical Consulting, Ultimate Software
First Car: 1972 Mercury Capri
Favorite Restaurant: Oude Molen, Nieuw Vennep, (suburb of Amsterdam) Holland. The Oude Molen (Old Windmill) was a regular haunt when I lived in Holland.
What are three things most people don't know about you?
a). I Swam across the San Francisco Bay in the 2004 Alcatraz Sharkfest Swim
b). My wife is Dutch
c). I have three children and three dogs
What's been your greatest adventure in life?
Raising our three children.
What's your best childhood memory?
My brother and I went on a SCUBA diving trip in the Great Barrier Reef when we were teenagers. We spent an entire week on a coral atoll doing multiple dives every day.
If you could have a conversation with a person of your choice, past, present or future, who would that person be and why?
Ben Franklin - I have always felt that he was a man ahead of his time and a fascinating person.
What's the hardest thing you've ever done in your life?
Having joined PeopleSoft when it was a startup,I was responsible for launching their European operations, It was both a great challenge and a wonderful opportunity.
Tell us about your favorite hobby.
Travel is my favorite hobby, I enjoy visiting new places.
What are you currently reading? What is your favorite book?
Currently reading - The First 90 Days - Michael Watkins
Favorite book- Poisonwood Bible - Barbara Kingsolver
Is there a particular place or thing you want to see?
The Antarctic, I am booked on a two week expedition January 2007. I can not wait to get there.
If you could give $10,000 to a charity, what would that charity be and why?
I would donate to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (if they are accepting $10,000 donations!). I respect their selection of charitable causes and emphasis on results for the resources invested.
If you weren't on the professional services career track,what would you be doing?
I have always felt fortunate to have selected the professional services career track with technology and I have never wanted to do something else.
What is the path that led you to Professional Services/Consulting?
In college I majored in finance and information systems. I started my career developing software for McCormick and Dodge Software (M&D) in Boston. M&D transferred me to Amsterdam to delivery technical consulting to companies across Europe and I have been involved software professional services ever since.
What advice would you give to a recent graduate who just took a job in professional services?
Professional service offer the same opportunities today that it did 20+ years ago when I started my career. In a short amount of time you can gain a tremendous amount of experience covering both industry best practices and some worst practices (that you will occasionally see at a customer site). If you excel at consulting you have both excellent career paths within PS and outside of PS -many of the top sales, engineering, and executives within technology companies started their careers in PS.