TMA Michigan 2015
THURSDAY, APRIL 23, 2015 | 11: 30 A.M. – 7:00 P.M. EST | DETROIT ATHLETIC CLUB
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member and also served as president
of the board. CRF is an advocate for the
health of the river and the education of
the community around the importance
of the river. The organization has
education programs for disadvantaged
kids who might otherwise not be able
to enjoy the river. It promotes raft
and canoe trips, ecology programs,
and parks for families to access the
river. Being involved with the group
was a way for me to give back to the
community, as well as to be outdoors.
We also have some property north of
Austin, in the Colorado River basin near
Lake Buchanan. The wildlife on the land
is incredible. It’s fun to bird watch, and,
unlike in my daily life, the only way to
do that is to relax and let the wildlife
come to you. We have a resident osprey
we’re hoping will nest there this year, red
tail hawks, big horn owls, wild turkeys,
quail, migratory ducks and geese,
doves, song birds, and even migrating
pelicans occasionally. Of course the
white tail deer are the most common
sightings, and it’s a Texas tradition to try
and cultivate the bucks with the biggest
antler racks that we can possibly achieve.
Q What might people who only know you in your professional capacity
be most surprised to learn about you?
I’d highlight the ranch
property we own. I kind of coerced my
extended family into buying it with me. I
have a brother in Dallas and a brother
and sister in San Antonio, and my
parents live in Gilmer, a small town in
northeast Texas. It’s enjoyable to get
away. Plus, it’s a place where we can
enjoy friends and family. It is also
fulfilling to create habitat like food plots
and wood duck boxes for the wildlife.
Q What’s on your personal bucket list?
Before I was married and
had kids, I climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro. At
the top of my bucket list is to take my
wife and kids to the top of Mt.
Kilimanjaro. In one of my stints in Price
Waterhouse, I lived in the Middle East, in
Kuwait. We took a vacation out of there
with some of the folks I worked with.
Q How was living in the Middle East?
I enjoyed it. It was in ’93
and ’94, two years after the original Gulf
War. We were working for the State of
Kuwait. Part of Saddam Hussein’s treaty
with the United Nations was that he
would reciprocate anyone harmed in the
invasion. So it was kind of like a big
bankruptcy. Classes of claims were set
up, like in a bankruptcy.
We were doing valuations and working
with attorneys who were writing up
statements of claims that were filed
with a tribunal that was set up by the
United Nations. We were there a year
doing these valuations around the
Ministry of Electricity and Water or
the telecom company or the import/
export group, doing lost profits and
property damage valuations. It was
fascinating, and I had a great time.
Ironically, my wife was teaching
school over there at the time at an
American curriculum school. That’s
where I met her. She had grown
up in Louisiana. I talked her into
moving to Austin. I’m so lucky to
have found her. The rest is history.
Q So you got an unexpected bonus?