What's the most useful business-related book you've ever read?
Made to Stick, by Chip and Dan Heath
Start With Why, by Simon Sinek
What's your favorite non-business book?
Man's Search for Meaning, by Viktor Frankl
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, by Dave Eggers
Mindset, by Carol Dweck
Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand
If money were not an issue, what would you be doing right now?
Leading an NPO to help underprivileged youth find hope and fulfillment - providing mentorship and a positive environment from which to develop, and helping them find a path to achieve their dreams. I'd also be coaching youth basketball.
What words of advice would you give your younger self?
Your peers don't worry about you nearly as much as you might think, so stop wasting time and energy worrying about everyone else thinks. Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.
What's the most creative thing you've ever done?
• Created a portfolio and applied to an Architecture Grad School Program (unsuccessfully but I'm still proud of it!)
• "DJ'd" my wife's and my wedding reception to very positive reviews!
• Created a website, professional portfolio and personal blog
What words of wisdom do you live by?
So many! A couple of quotes come to mind...
• “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” - Churchill
• “Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself: I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy.” - Marx
What aspects of your work are you most passionate about?
Developing relationships with such a wide array of diverse personalities - Marketing, Creative, Finance and Legal Pros, Strategists, Data Scientists, Media Experts, Technology Innovators - to lay a foundation upon which powerful ideas can flourish.
What was the most impactful class you took in school?
Freshman year American History in college. The way our professor delivered a lecture - writing key words in chronological order on an old school chalkboard, then simply telling us stories - was so simple, yet powerful and memorable.
What's something you wish you had done years earlier?
• Stopped worrying so much about what everyone else thinks.
• Volunteered my time to a cause that is important to me.
Which founders or startups do you most admire?
• Tony Robbins, Tim Ferriss, Phil Knight
• Startups with philanthropy and purpose ingrained in their DNA (e.g. Warby Parker, Tom's)
What's your super power?
Versatility. My steady and consistent temperament helps me work effectively with a diverse range of personalities and skill sets. I'm able to excel in whatever role is necessary for my team to achieve success, whether leading or in a supporting role.
What's an obstacle you've overcome?
Moving to Chicago without a job, living in a one-bedroom apartment with two roommates and a dog, down to my last penny, then making it work.