Occupation: Managing Director - Healthcare Solutions Group, CGI
First Car: Red 1964 ½ Ford Mustang that my father brought from Florida for me. This was the first year the Mustang was produced. I was the second owner. My father still has this in his collection
of classic cars.
Favorite Restaurant: The Red Bar, Grayton Beach, FL – The eclectic décor is part of the attraction, as well as the key lime pie.
Pure Taqueria, Alpharetta, GA – Can’t get enough of the Texas margaritas and fish tacos.
Chops, Buckhead, GA – A great steak paired with the right red cabernet are a must every now and then.
1. What are three things most people don’t know about you?
a). I’m a wannabe residential architect. I almost studied architecture and design - however decided to take the safer path and go into engineering to increase the odds of finding a job. One of my greatest recent accomplishments was designing and building our home. Now I can strike that one of my ‘bucket list’.
b). I love being close to water – on a boat, on a beach, living on a lake or river. Most of my life I have grown up living close to water – except for now in landlocked Atlanta.
c). The story goes that my family are descendents of the great German composer Johann Sebastian Bach. My family has always enjoyed music and played various instruments. Who knows if this is true.
2. What’s been your greatest adventure in life?
My greatest adventure in life has been having children. They teach me so much and bring so much joy to my life. There is never a dull moment in our household and you never know what is coming next.
3. What’s your best childhood memory?
I have lots of great childhood memories – so its hard to pick one. I was very close to my grandfather, who treated me like the most important grandson in the whole world and spoiled me rotten. He taught me many important life lessons about honesty, integrity, respect, pride and hard work that have served me well through my life. Some of my best memories are of the times we shared exploring new sights, sharing his hobbies, eating lots of yummy food and holiday family get togethers.
4. If you could have a conversation with a person of your choice, past, present or future,
who would that person be and why?
Jesus is the first that comes to mind. Faith and religion play such an important outlook in how one sees life and deals with life challenges – especially as you grow older. It would be great to ask all the questions and hear his teachings.
5. What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done in your life?
Maybe it was my ego, naivety or plain stupidity – but I chose the hardest engineering program in the whole country – Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo – just because it was the hardest engineering program in the whole country. It was physically impossible to complete all the assigned homework and my class mates were the brainiest
geeks I ever met. Yes – I did graduate.
6. Tell us about your favorite hobby.
These days my favorite hobby is cycling. I try to convince at least one of my children to join me for a bike ride. An hour on the bike trails does a great job of clearing my head and relieving stress.
7. What are you currently reading? What is your favorite book?
I’m currently re-reading “Hope is not a Strategy” by Rick Paige as a follow-up to a recent sales training workshop we had. I’m also reading “Strategy Safari” by Henry Mintzberg et al – a tougher read. “Outliers” by Malcolm Gladwell is next on my list.
8. Is there a particular place or thing you want to see?
My wife and I look forward to the days when we can leisurely travel through the South of France enjoying fine food, fine wine, amazing architecture and great sights.
9. If you could give $10,000 to a charity, what would that charity be and why?
American Cancer Society We have several close friends that are struggling with cancer right now. We need to find a cure for this disease.
10. If you weren’t on the professional services career track, what would you be doing?
Working with a software company in a marketing or product management capacity (I’ve done that)…or selling real estate… designing homes.
11. What is the path that led you to Professional Services/Consulting?
I joined Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) out of college because their brochure talked about solving business problems using technology and traveling the world – both things I still love to do!
12. What advice would you give to a recent graduate who just took a job in professional
Find a great mentor who can shepherd your career and give you honest feedback. Never be afraid to try anything and learn new things. Always watch for new opportunities and make the most of those that come your way.