Years at Suffolk:
Adviser, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer
Years in the Industry:
Suffolk Cares Board of Directors, Regional Plan Association Executive Committee, New York Building Congress Government Affairs Committee
What is the most exciting thing about working in this business? What is your professional passion?
It’s incredibly exciting to be part of a team that is actively shaping the communities where we live, work, and raise our families. Cities around the country are changing rapidly to meet modern urban challenges, and we get to be at the forefront of the innovation and growth helping to address those issues. It’s exciting to be part of a team that’s building a building, but it’s even more exciting to be part of a team that’s building a community.
What do you love to do when you aren’t at work? What is your personal passion and why?
When I am not working, you can usually find me spending time outside. I love hiking, mountain biking, and skiing, and I try to spend as much time as possible enjoying those activities.
What sport did you play and how did it help you professionally?
I played soccer while growing up in upstate New York and was lucky enough to have an amazing coach named Adam Heck. Coach Heck taught me and every athlete who played for him the importance of holding yourself accountable and always striving to do what’s right. It’s a lesson that’s stuck with me to this day.
What is your favorite quote?
“I dream of men who take the next step instead of worrying about the next thousand steps.” - President Theodore Roosevelt
Who was your mentor/biggest influence and what did they teach you?
I’ve been blessed to work with so many great leaders throughout my career. One thing Senator Schumer taught me is that work isn’t a shooting percentage game. Most people only try to do five things, they get four done, shoot 80 percent, and feel good about it. However, it’s far better to try 500 things. Even if you only get five or six done, you’ll still have done far more than the people who never tried at all. Plus, each time you fail, you’ll learn something.
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