they do at home. If you’re not doing
it with people you genuinely like and
like to be around, it can be miserable.
I’ve been very fortunate to have been
teamed up with some wonderful
people in the course of my career.
It hasn’t been all the same people at
any given time, but I’ve always found
myself with a group of people who I
really liked and who I enjoyed coming
to work with every day. That is the only
way this profession works because
of the amount of time we spend and
the stresses that exist in what we do.
Q What role has your TMA membership played in
It’s played several roles. I
TMA has the unique quality of being a
true multidisciplinary organization,
and I find it much more fruitful from a
networking standpoint to be in that
type of a community than to find
myself at all times in a room with
As an example of the success of that
networking, a group of folks who I met
through the TMA now get together
once a month for breakfast and use
the opportunity both to network and
to talk about issues or problems that
we’re facing. It becomes a dialogue
about how we can help each other.
The other thing that TMA has done—
and this comes through my service
on the board at TMA—is that it’s
elevated my profile and expanded
my reach. At Day Pitney, we have
a national practice, but being in
leadership in TMA has provided me a
tool to access other markets and other
networks. That expanded reach and
access has been valuable as I pursue
work that is not in my backyard.
Q What are you passionate about outside the office?
At the top of the list right
now is my running. Running has been
an important part of my life since I
graduated from college. I was not a
runner growing up. I swam
competitively as a kid but took to
running after I graduated from college.
Subsequently, I have gone on to run 13
marathons. I have a 14th coming up in
October (the Chicago Marathon).
Running has been important to me
from the standpoint of maintaining
health and balance in my life, but
there’s also a social aspect to it for me.
There are guys, including some of
my closest friends, who I train with.
I’ve been on the board of the New
Haven Road Race for close to 10
years and have made good running
friends through that service. That’s
a race that I’m very passionate about
and think is one of the best races in
the country. This will be the 38th
running. It’s run on Labor Day and
over the last 15 or 20 years, has been
the national championship at the 20K
distance. It draws very strong elite
talent, but also is really embraced by
the community and is an important
event in New Haven. It’s been a great
organization and cause to work with,
and over its history it has donated
over $1 million to local charities.
The other two things that I’m
passionate about are music and
theater. Growing up, I was active in
theater, not as an actor but on the
technical side. I was a designer, a
carpenter, and an electrician. I did
that in high school and very much
so in college. In fact, that’s how I met
my wife. We were both working on
a show in college, building scenery.
We met on opposite sides of the table
saw. The interesting thing about
that is that we were both involved
on the technical side of theater, but
somehow we created three actors.
My son, who’s studying acting at
Northwestern, is a gifted musical
theater actor. My middle daughter
is a talented dramatic actor, and my
youngest is still finding her niche.
We have maintained our interest in
theater, in part through our children.
I’ve had the good fortune of being
able to work with the middle school
and high school theater programs in
Weston, where I live, working with
the kids on scenery and lighting.
That has been a real pleasure for me.
My wife has been able to work on
the production side with the kids
and introduce them to the business
aspects that go into putting on a show.
We’ve been able to maintain our
theater interest through our kids and
we’ve also been able to share with our
kids not just their productions, but the
opportunity to all go together and see
shows and to experience live theater.
It’s been very satisfying to be able to
provide that to them and to see them
really take to it and get a lot out of it.
Then, I was a classical trumpet
player growing up and played very
seriously through college. I’ve played
very little since then, but have not
lost my interest in music. All three
of my kids have been involved with
music, but two of the three—my
son and my younger daughter—
have both taken music fairly
seriously. My son is a very talented
trumpet player, my middle daughter
plays clarinet, and my younger
daughter is a wonderful flautist.
I’ve been able to share my love of
music with all three kids and for
the last four or five years have been
on the board of the Norwalk Youth
Symphony, which my two bookend
children play in or have played in.
It’s a wonderful organization that
supports 200-some kids in pursuing
music outside of school, and they
really make music at the highest level.
It’s been a great joy for me to do that.
Q What might people who only know you in your professional
capacity be most surprised to learn
It may be the story about
how I met my wife and that I had this
technical theater and theater design
experience that ultimately has shaped
my adult life so much. I must give
credit to my father for my initial
interest there. My father, who died
when I was 10, was a guy who could
build anything, and I had the good
fortune of being able to participate in
his endeavors in the 10 short years that
I had him around. I took that interest
in construction and building and that
Yankee ingenuity and channeled it. I
found an outlet for that in the theater.
That was really the foundation for what
I’ll call my social community in
college and in high school. In the fall
of my freshman year in college, I met
my wife working on a show and, as
they say, the rest is history. We’ve been
married for 24 years, have three
wonderful children, and are still
playing together in the theater.
Q What’s at the top of your bucket list?