What is your favorite part about being a Vice President and Principal at KS&R?
It's a toss-up between the people and the challenges. I have met so many people during my time at KS&R, both fellow KS&R employees and the great clients I've had the opportunity to work with. Many have become close friends, others mentors, and all of them have taught me something.
There isn't a day that goes by that doesn't present some kind of challenge. Many are related to supporting our partners, some internal, helping KS&R continue to be successful or helping a co-worker, and others around the continued balance between work and play (or family).
How have things been going for you now that you are working from home full time?
The whole working from home or WFH, as the cool kids say now, has been a big change for me. My family and I are both accustomed to me being on the road at least a couple weeks of the month, so being at home with everyone has been a change. I learned quickly that I had to have some dedicated space to work from and my daughters helped me make what was a storage room into my home office (they even painted some geese on the wall and bought my dog a bed, so he can hang out with me all day). Now that we're into week 3 or 4, we've established some routines and boundaries that even includes working out daily - something I used to really enjoy, but had lost track of given my travel schedule. I do leave the house at least once a day to go through our local Dunkin Donut's drive through… my contribution to the economy and my daily caffeine fix.
What would be your first question after waking up from being cryogenically frozen for 100 years?
My first question would be, does Dunkin Donuts still exist, quickly followed by where is the closest one? I love my coffee and after 100 years, I have to think I'd really need one.
What hobby would you get into if time and money weren't an issue?
Mixing and producing music. I'm fascinated with the skills and talent that DJs and music producers have in putting together sounds and musicians/artists have in creating a song that people enjoy listening to. With today's technology, you can do a lot of this without a band or even instruments, but still make it sound like it. I think it would be pretty cool to try it.
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Early on, I wanted to be a marine biologist, just like Jacques Cousteau, but I quickly learned that although I liked biology, my brain did not like memorization, which seemed like an important piece of the classes. I still love the water, and please don't bother me during Discovery's Shark Week because I'm busy.
As a teenager, I decided I wanted to be a soldier and I did go on to do that before entering into the world of market research.
What one thing have you not done yet that you really want to do?
Write a book. I have a lot of opinions, some cool experiences and I love to share and tell stories. I'm not sure of the topic yet, but it's one of the top things on my bucket list.