V. Balasubramanian

Occupation:  Senior Vice President, Professional Services, Northstar

First Car: Toyota Celica GT

Favorite Restaurant: Amma, 246E 51st Street, NY

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

1.I volunteer at a local farm doing Community Sponsored Agriculture
2. I love photography
3. I tutor kids

What's been your greatest adventure in life?

Moving to Singapore and then China with my family and then returning back to the States after nearly 6 years!

What's your best childhood memory?

Teasing my brothers!

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

Mahatma Gandhi. His treatise on the 7 deadly sins (Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; science without humanity; religion without sacrifice; politics without principle) that would destroy us is still so valid and more - so relevant that it is very inspiring.

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

Building a team in China for consulting and implementation services at a time when services was not valued!

Tell us about your favorite hobby.

Photography - I love to take photographs of things as they are and sometimes people as well!

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

Favorite Book: “Atlas Shrugged” - Ayn Rand

Currently reading: David Baldacci’s “The Whole Truth

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

Alaska

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

American Heart Association : in further memory of my father.

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

General Management

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

Started in consulting!

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

Build on competency first and foremost. Style, methodology come next.