10 Questions With...

April 10, 2014

What brought you to KS&R?

After graduation from Hobart College, I moved to Syracuse. I worked at Eddie Bauer while searching for a job using my degree in Economics. I like to tell the story that, when KS&R called to offer me the position, my answering machine message (no, not voicemail) was my roommate singing Tiffany's "I Think We're Alone Now"! Luckily, KS&R offered me the job anyway. That was in 2000. Currently, I am a Project Manager on the Microsoft Team.

What would people be surprised to learn about you?

The daily happenings with my four boys dominate many of my conversations, so people know all about my children -- maybe more than they'd like! A couple things that people would be surprised to learn about me are:

  • I played Division III basketball while at Hobart and am currently their career leader in blocked shots per game. And, I can dunk. Yes, on a 10-foot rim.

  • I worked at a baseball card store when I was young, and was paid with baseball cards. I have literally thousands of cards stored in my basement...which my wife loves!

You are walking along the beach and decide to write a message in a bottle and toss it out to sea. What does it say?

Never fall asleep angry, always wake up happy, and make sure the ones you love know how much you do.

What are you best in the room at?

I like to be spontaneous and I am always up for trying new things. My first time on skis was at Killington; I decided to go to the NCAA Final Four games just four days before they began; and I sang karaoke in a bar in Nottingham, England. But, you won't catch me doing any sky-diving...I have limits.

If you could develop a new skill instantly, what would it be?

The ability to drive a golf ball without a slice (or a fade, as I like to call it). This has haunted me since I started playing golf as a teenager. It gets better from time-to-time, but instantly eliminating that defect in my game would do wonders for my "golf-esteem".

Pick five words to describe yourself.

Dad. Athletic. Easygoing. Happy. Intelligent.

Imagine that you could take a selfie with anyone/anything in the world. Describe it.

Although they are not here any longer, I would love to have taken a selfie with my grandparents at the Carrier Dome during a Syracuse-vs.-Georgetown basketball game. My grandfather would be wearing his Georgetown sweatshirt and my grandmother would be in S.U. orange and blue. I miss the "debates" the two of them had over which team was better...of course, my grandmother always won.

If you could invent a machine to do a chore for you, what chore would that be?

Yard-work. It would go around my yard and trim low lying branches, clean dog waste, and pick up all of the apples and crab-apples that have dropped onto the grass. Come to think of it, I may have already "invented" this machine in the form of four sons...they will be so excited to know they're a part of my invention!

You decide to become a street performer. What is your talent?

Anything that makes people laugh. I'm basically a street performer in my own home. With a built-in audience under 10-years-old, I pretty much kill-it every "show". My wife laughs as well, but I have a strange feeling she is laughing at me and not with me.

If you were a superhero, what would your superpower be?

Being in two places at once. When you have four busy little boys, it's hard to keep up! My wife actually is a superhero. She must be in order to live in a house filled with boys, not lose her mind, and keep our family happy and in one piece!