Occupation: Senior Director Worldwide PS Operations, Avid Technology
First Car: 1978 Dodge Aspen
Favorite Restaurant: Clay Hill Farm, Cape Neddick, ME
1. What are three things most people don’t know about you?
a) Hunting is a sport that is diminishing here in New England, but I still like to go out every fall and winter for small or big game.
b) By the time all is said and done, I’ll have had teenagers in my care for two full decades. I have 5 children (17 years down to 3 years).
c) I love cooking and food shopping as part of my weekend relaxation. Most people hate it, but I look forward to it.
2. What’s been your greatest adventure in life?
Living and working in Europe (France and the Netherlands) for a year and a half with my family. We immersed ourselves in the culture, had an adventure every weekend, and developed some lifelong friendships.
3. What’s your best childhood memory? My family had a cottage on a lake in New Hampshire. I loved it up there. Besides the constant swimming, we hiked the woods and rolling fields all day long. Those were the days when nobody worried about exactly where you were all the time. You could just wander and explore.
4. If you could have a conversation with a person of your choice, past, present or future, who would that person be and why?
My father was a wonderful father of five children, a great scientist, and a theological man. He passed away in 2007, so I’d love to have a conversation with him to reflect on fatherhood and heaven.
5. What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done in your life?
Motivating a former customer team who had just been told their jobs were moving to another country in 6 months.
6. Tell us about your favorite hobby.
My favorite hobby is exercising. I cross-train, so I don’t have a number one favorite. Running, swimming, weight training and kettlebell training make up most of the routine.
7. What are you currently reading? What is your favorite book?
I’m currently reading: “Onward” by Howard Schultz. It’s about the turnaround Starbucks had to make in 2008 in order to get back to its core and return to profitability. It won’t make my favorites list, as it’s more about the author than the business.
My favorite book is: “The Greatest Generation” by Tom Brokaw. I walked away so humbled and appreciative of all that those men and women sacrificed, so everyone one of us could live the lives we have today. Without their wartime sacrifice and post-war example, who could even imagine where we’d be now.
8. Do you have a favorite app(s) you can’t live without?
I’m a Facebook fan. It’s a good way to keep up with all the friends from the past that I couldn’t possibly do by old methods.
9. Is there a particular place or thing you want to see? Even though I worked in Europe for a year and a half, there are many great places that I didn’t get to visit, such as Rome, Madrid, and Stockholm --- just a few of the European cities that I would like to visit one day.
10. If you could give $10,000 to a charity, what would that charity be and why?
I like HeadStart programs that focus on getting disadvantaged kids off on the right foot. Children have the least amount of control over their destiny.
11. If you weren’t on the professional services career track, what would you be doing?
I’ve often thought that my second career might be teaching at the college level. Some of my best Business School professors were former industry executives. I’d love to take my industry experience and work with the next generation of business executives, introducing new technologies and ideas into the classroom.
12. What is the path that led you to Professional Services/Consulting?
While studying Information Systems at Boston College, two people from Accenture came and spoke about the firm in one of my classes. Project-related work for clients and solving business problems using technology were two attributes that enthralled me. I joined Accenture right after BC.
13. What advice would you give to a recent graduate who just took a job in professional services?
I would look for a company that has a formal management development program. There is a huge advantage to take part in one versus hoping you get the right experience and training on the job.