Occupation: Managing Director for the College of American Pathologists
First Car: 1967 Plymouth Fury 4-door (it was free)
Favorite Restaurant: The Botin Restaurant on the Calle Cuchilleros in Madrid. Opened for business in 1725.
1. What are three things most people don’t know about you?
a.) I crossed the Pacific ocean on a freighter as a young boy.
b.) I met the current emperor and empress of Japan when they were just a young couple and came to our mountain town of Karuizawa each summer to play tennis.
c.) My family has been in the US since before 1685.
2. What’s been your greatest adventure in life?
I grew up in Japan in the late 50s and early 60s when it was still affordable, and before Japan had fully recovered from the war and developed into an economic power. All of the young people wanted to practice their English with us. We didn’t have a car, television or telephone for five years so we experienced the culture to its fullest. I was the only first-grader in a one-room school with just 11 kids in 7 grades. The last time I was first in my class.
3. What’s your best childhood memory?
My grandfather Jesse Anthony Neiswender was the first teacher in the first one-room school in what is now the Shoreline School District in Seattle. He was the patriarch of our family and spent his career teaching and helping less fortunate children. When he passed away just before his 100th birthday we found he had kept the school rosters for all 46 years he had taught and had continued praying for every student who had been in his classes. He kept vanilla / orange sherbet Dixie cups in an old ice box in the basement and would give us a treat if we’d do something helpful for others.
4. If you could have a conversation with a person of your choice, past, present or future, who would that person be and why?
In the past, it would have to be Jesus. No one has had a greater impact on the world than the carpenter’s son from Bethlehem. In the future, it would be my children late in their lives. Did I do enough to prepare them as children to allow them to have a rewarding life?
5. What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done in your life?
I was a pallbearer and speaker at the funeral of my buddy Chip Campfield who passed away due to prostate cancer at age 40. He was a guy I could bring any problem or concern to, who would listen, and who would always give sage advice and encouragement.
6. Tell us about your favorite hobby.
If I can’t be fly-fishing on a creek or river somewhere, you might find me on my road bike riding the roads and climbing the mountains in my home state of Colorado.
7. What are you currently reading? What is your favorite book?
I’m currently reading Robert Goodwin’s “Crossing the Content 1527-1540, The Story of the First African-American Explorer of the American South.” My favorites would be any of the “Aubrey/Maturin” 20-volume series by the late Patrick O’Brian.
8. Is there a particular place or thing you want to see?
I’ve traveled around the world, but never made it into the southern hemisphere. Sailing the Nile in Africa, fly-fishing in Patagonia, or diving the Great Barrier Reef in Australia would be great experiences.
9. If you could give $10,000 to a charity, what would that charity be and why?
I would give it to Trinity Western University in Langley, British Columbia. I met my wife there, and it was my first step in leaving home and finding my way in the world. Great school, great people, great mission.
10. If you weren’t on the professional services career track, what would you be doing?
If it was for pure pleasure, it would be as the co-owner of a fly-fishing business somewhere in the Rocky Mountains.
11. What is the path that led you to Professional Services/Consulting?
I started off in Client Services, then Project Management, and over the years progressively advanced up to growing and running healthcare IT focused professional services practices in Europe, Canada and the US.
12. What advice would you give to a recent graduate who just took a job in professional services?
Having spent the past 20+ years in healthcare IT, I’d encourage them to strongly consider investing a part of their career in being part of transforming the delivery and management of care through the use of information technology as an enabling tool. Compared to many industries, healthcare hasn’t fully leveraged IT to improve outcomes and efficiency of health delivery. There are great people and great challenges in this part of professional services. The next generation of leaders need to start now to carry forward the challenge into the middle of this century.