Occupation: Vice President, Global Services, Aravo Solutions
First Car: 1965 VW Beetle
Favorite Restaurant: Raoul’s, New York
What are three things most people don’t know about you?
a). I was an Eagle Scout
b). I have a strange obsession with Doris Day
c). I’m a pretty capable home-improvement DIYer – plumbing, electrical, you name it. I can fix almost anything and I have no idea why.
What’s been your greatest adventure in life?
Figuring myself out.
What’s your best childhood memory?
Driving my grandmother around when I was only 14, obviously well before I had a license. We had a great time.
If you could have a conversation with a person of your choice, past, present or future, who would that person be and why?
Andy Warhol, because I’ve always been fascinated with life in New York during the sixties/seventies, especially the pop art scene, and he was in the center of it all.
What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done in your life?
Watch my mom battle cancer…but she won the fight, and she’s doing great.
Tell us about your favorite hobby.
Architecture & Design – reading about it, continually educating myself, doing design work on my own homes and for my family & friends
What are you currently reading? What is your favorite book?
I just finished reading “Under Paris Skies” by Enrique von Kiguel. My favorite book is “The Fountainhead” by Ayn Rand.
Is there a particular place or thing you want to see?
There are many, but some that come to mind include the pyramids at Giza, Villa Savoye in Paris, the Burj Khalifa tower in Dubai.
If you could give $10,000 to a charity, what would that charity be and why?
The American Red Cross. They just always seem to be where they’re needed.
If you weren’t on the professional services career track, what would you be doing?
I would be an architect.
What is the path that led you to Professional Services/Consulting?
I took an internship with KPMG my senior year in college, and at the beginning my final semester, they made me a great offer and hired me right away – I completed my semester while already working part-time on a client engagement until graduation.
What advice would you give to a recent graduate who just took a job in professional services?
You’ll realize the greatest satisfaction in your work when you take the time & effort to build a trusted-advisor relationship with your clients. It’s not always easy, and often needs to be carefully balanced against responsibilities to your own firm/company, but it will ultimately make you more successful.