Scott Monaghan

Occupation:  Sr. Director, Global Service Engineering, Hitachi Data Systems

First Car: 1971 VW Beetle

Favorite Restaurant: The Shipwreck Grill, Brielle, NJ

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

a). I’m a closet ‘Barry Manilow’ music  fan
b). My goal when I retire is to be a department store ‘Santa Claus’
c). I used to sing and dance on stage at the famous ‘Palisades Amusement Park’ as a kid during the Little Miss America Pageant. (a precursor to the Miss America Pageant televised every year). 

What's been your greatest adventure in life?

Rafting down the Colorado River.

What's your best childhood memory?

My first trip to Disneyworld.

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

Abraham Lincoln: I believe he had the most profound impact on this country during one of its darkest hours. His foresight, leadership during the Civil War, struggle with depression and his life before being president all fascinate me and I have read 4 books on different aspects of his life.

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

Completing my Lifeguard Certification which included a 1-mile swim.

Tell us about your favorite hobby.

I enjoy golf, jet skiing on the Atlantic Ocean and snow skiing in Vermont. I cannot decide which hobby I like the best but with these 3 hobbies, I never have any seasonal ‘down time.’

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

I just finished ‘Devil in the White City’ by Erik Larson. This was also my favorite book this year. I love history and especially books like this that expose great engineering and leadership accomplishments that lay a foundation for the laws, technologies, architectures, and nomenclature we enjoy today. In addition to the amazing human triumphs of the 1893 Chicago Worlds fair, this book has a human ‘dark side’ which is just as intriguing. I couldn’t put it down.

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

Yes, I need to hike at Glacier National Park in Montana (before the glaciers melt) and ski in Aspen, CO.

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

I would donate the $10k to the Tomorrows Children’s Fund. I believe that we can never do enough to brighten and enrich the lives of children battling cancer. It’s so unfair that this disease steals the childhood of these kids so unjustly.

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

I would probably be pursing a career in Marketing or Advertising Media. It’s always been my second love. I also enjoy writing.

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

Well, at some point in my career as a Mainframe Systems Programmer (does that date me?), I decided to become an independent consultant and really enjoyed it. That was my first exposure.

However, it wasn’t until several years after I left consulting that I got my first chance to manage a consulting practice for the company I worked for while also managing technical pre-sales. It was at that time, I realized I wanted to focus my career on building and managing PS practices.

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

A Professional Services career is not a career for the ‘weak of heart’. It’s a career that brings with it great customer business challenges, personal sacrifices, a need for crisis management skills, and a ‘dance on your feet’ capability, not required in many other careers choices. However, it can also be one of the most personally rewarding career choices one can undertake, especially when you successfully complete a critical project for a client and have an impact on their business success.