Tom Minick

Occupation: Management Consultant, Catalyst Advisors

First Car: 1957 Chevy

Favorite Restaurant: Chloe's, San Francisco

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

a).  I play ice hockey to relax
b).  I survived 17 straight years of having one of my three daughters in the 'adolescence' years
c).  I lived in the Detroit area for a number of years and enjoyed it.

What's the best memory from your youth?

Playing baseball every day in the summer.

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

Franklin Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln come to mind. It would be fascinating to hear from both on their thinking as they steered the country through the Depression and Civil War.

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

Raising three kids.

What's your favorite hobby?

Playing hockey.

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

I'm currently reading "In Cold Blood". After watching the movie Capote I had to see what it was all about. Favorite book is like favorite restaurant, there's way too many. The most memorable book I've read in the past few years was "The Kite Runner" by Khaled Hosseni. His first and only book.

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

All the continents except Antarctica.

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

I'd break it into two donations and give half to Big Brothers/Big Sisters and half to Habitat for Humanity. Big Brothers helps kids become adults and Habit for Humanities help families have homes.

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

Working for the San Jose Sharks or the National Hockey League

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

I was an IT executive and wanted to run a business, so I started a consulting company focused on helping companies implement CRM systems.

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

The same advice I would give all recent graduates...learn as much as you can in your early years, learn how to deliver value to your customers and managers, experiment with different jobs, UNDERSTAND your work and profession not just do the work, strive to be great not just good and most importantly make sure you enjoy your work or you'll never be great.