“The best audience is intelligent, well-educated and a little drunk.” – Alben W. Barkley
“Who [am I],” you ask?
When tasked with describing myself, instinct first guided me to list past successes (and failures) and while I’m sure that would suffice for most anyone reading this, it doesn’t really answer the question. Yes, I am a volleyball player and coach, an avid photographer, a beer connoisseur, a die-hard Cleveland sports fan, a grammar Nazi, a technophile, a musician, a mixologist, an impromptu massotherapist, and a frequenter of karaoke nights when I’m not occupied with one of the above. I also thirst obsessively for knowledge, relish the details that make someone/something unique, procrastinate too much, collect watches & cufflinks, gravitate toward special menu items for fear of missing out, and find serene beauty in numbers.
“In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.” – Teddy Roosevelt
I believe karma is one of the most powerful forces in the universe.
I believe the children are our – wait, that’s been done.
I believe that frequent, rational debate is essential for sustainable mental health.
I believe <insert most of the Bull Durham monologue, omitted here because parts are NSFW>.
I believe that drivers should be re-tested every 5 years, and every 2 years after 65.
I believe that despite its faults, this is the greatest nation in the history of the world, and anyone who disagrees is free to leave.
I believe that I will someday attend a Browns Super Bowl parade, but it probably won’t be anytime soon.
I believe that if we took all of the energy spent on worrying and aimed it toward progress, there’d be a lot less to worry about.
I believe that this isn’t what you expected when you clicked the link, but if the goal was to get to know me, that’s kinda the point.
“I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts, and beer.” – Abraham Lincoln
I have worked in design, engineering, entertainment, finance, hospitality, HR, insurance, IT, marketing, and talent management, but never before felt like I had the impact I can here. Sure, some see bar entertainment as a superficial luxury – and they’re not entirely wrong – but along the way, we’ve helped people create relationships, spawn children, fund honeymoons, find confidence when everything else was crumbling, and stick it to the naysayers who insist on calling their skills “useless knowledge.”
So who am I? I’m one of the people who helps make it happen.
“It’s a very funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.” – W. Somerset Maugham
“Give me a woman who loves beer and I will conquer the world.” – Kaiser Wilhelm