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?
I love hiking. Being outside in the fresh air, walking along a quiet stream, or enjoying the view from the top of a mountain are all restorative and invigorating for me. You never know what you might find just around the next bend in the trail, and that’s really exciting.
What sport did you play and how did it help you professionally?
I‘ve played soccer for most of my life - it’s a great game to play and to watch. My high school coach, who recently passed away, was a mentor and friend to me for years. He taught me at an early age the importance of holding yourself to a high standard and doing the right thing on and off the field, regardless of circumstance.
What is your favorite quote?
“I believe in the men who take the next step; not those who theorize about the 200th step.” - President Theodore Roosevelt
Who was your mentor/biggest influence and what did they teach you?
I had the honor of working for a number of years with U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer. The passion and hard work he brings to public service each and every day continues to motivate me. Perhaps most importantly, he taught me that life isn’t a shooting percentage game. It’s far better to try to accomplish 500 things and only be successful at 10 than it is to attempt 10 things and actually complete five. If you take that approach, your percentage will be lower, but you’ll learn and accomplish much more through the pursuit of action.