What is the coolest thing you've experienced while working in the industry?I'd say having the opportunity to design and build numerous buildings for my Alma Mater (Marquette University).
If you could be in the movie of your choice, what movie would you choose, and what character would play you?Any Bond movie with Sean Connery or Daniel Craig.
What are your favorite hobbies?I love boating, coaching basketball, fishing, golf, and spending time with my family and friends.
Who would play you in a film?Clint Eastwood, Brandon Fraiser, or Charles Barkley (if it is a golf movie)!
What was your favorite subject in school?Geography. I used to sit and read the atlas for hours. I actually placed in the state geography bee in 8th grade, I nearly made it to Nationals with a chance to meet Alex Trebek who was hosting. I guess it's no wonder that I became VP of the Planning and Real Estate department!
What's the coolest thing you've experienced while working in the industry?I don’t know how “cool” it is but memorable, definitely. I met the founder of Jelly Belly while I was working on property acquisition for a customer. I’ll never forget going to his factory, seeing all of the pictures of him with Ronald Reagan (fun fact: he was an avid jelly bean lover!), getting a bunch of jelly beans and leaving with the only jelly bean business card I’ve ever seen. We never got the deal done but I did enjoy those jelly beans!
What was the best day of your life?When I met my wife. My whole life changed for the better when we met and she continues to amaze me every day.
Who is the most inspirational person to you?I had a neighbor growing up who taught me to hunt and fish. I realized later in life that he mentored me in so many more ways. I named my son after him (Joseph).
What is the best advice you've ever received?Early in my career when starting my family, my mentor and good friend always told me, 'Family first and everything else will fall into place.' This always put things into perspective for me and helps me focus on what ultimately matters.
What skill would you love to learn?To be able to break dance! There is an element of friendly competition and artistry in the music and expressing it through movement that I admire. Being in superior shape would also be a plus!
What type of car would you be?A VW bus. Over the years it has had so many uses and it still kind of a cool car to have. I hope I am that cool when I am that old.
What is your hidden talent?I can do cartwheels.
What is the best thing that's happened to you this year?I married my best friend.
What is your favorite hobby?I love to bake! Especially pies!
Which skill would you love to learn?Playing the piano and guitar. It's hard to sing while playing the trumpet or flugelhorn!
If you had one magical power, what would it be?Granting wishes for people and I'd like to fly like Superman.
What's the weirdest thing you've ever eaten?Being from Texas, I have eaten rattlesnake on more than one occasion. I don't think it really tastes like chicken, but in the South, we can pretty much batter and deep fry anything to make it edible.
What type of car would you be?I think I would be a newish SUV. Nothing real fancy, but with a good motor and interior, but a few dings on the outside.