March 2, 2012
What brought you to KS&R?
My freshman year of college I worked part-time as an interviewer with the Center for Community Studies at Jefferson Community College in Watertown, New York, where I had an opportunity to get involved in public policy research. My passion for research grew, and I received a BA in Psychology from the State University of New York at Potsdam, then an MBA from Clarkson University. I was interviewed by KS&R at the campus Spring Career Fair, and am proud to say KS&R has been a perfect fit since!
Soccer is a big part of your life. What life lesson have you learned from sports?
I don't know if I would classify myself as a Hooligan, but Soccer has certainly been a big part of my life growing up and even still. These days it's mostly for exercise. Any type of exercise is good for you; I simply choose to chase a ball.
The most important thing I've learned from sports is teamwork, especially with soccer. Trust and work well with others and you can accomplish far more than the most talented and skilled individual. The more people on a team, the more exponential the effect.
What is the best advice you ever received?
"Whether you think you can do a thing or can't do a thing, you're right." - Henry Ford
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I'd like to be more of a morning person. I'm a night owl; I really don't like going to sleep, but I hate to get up.
What do you regret not learning to do?
Skiing, snowboarding, snow mobiling - just about any winter activity! I've lived in Central New York my entire life and aside from a few snow angels and a snowball or two, winter is just not for me.
If you could have any job in the world, what would it be?
A retiree. I enjoy what I do, but I really enjoy spending time with family & friends. Plus, I stink at golf right now…
What inspires you?
I'm inspired everyday by my friends, family and colleagues. Different accomplishments, big and small, keep me motivated every day.
What word would you use to describe yourself that would surprise those who know you?
Backwoodsman. I grew up in the country on a pseudo-farm. We had the traditional family pets: cats, dogs, goldfish, etc. but also ducks, goats, iguanas, chickens and even a "pet" chipmunk. Surprise!
What would surprise most people to learn about you?
I'm really into Campbell's Chunky Soup (like Syracuse University alum Donavan McNabb).
What would the title of your autobiography be?
BEE - DEE - CAP (as pictured above).