Whether it was when I was just
starting, currently, or 10 years
down the road, I think TMA gathers
resources and education to help
professionals get the job done.
Q What advice do you have for someone who is new to the
industry or is thinking about getting into
Through networking at places like
TMA and on projects, they should learn
who is the best at different areas. To be
successful over the long term, you have
to realize that you can’t do everything
yourself, and you shouldn’t try to.
This type of work requires incredible
teamwork. Getting a B- in a number of
the areas in a turnaround probably will
not get you across the finish line. Get an
A+ in your role and find others that can
deliver A+ work in the other areas to give
a company the best shot at success.
and serve as CEO of Together Giving
charity that helps children in Latin
America and South Florida who face
health and/or economic challenges.
I would begin by being very
honest with them about the challenges
and satisfactions of this business. This
work requires long hours, tough travel,
and stressful moments. But the work is
dynamic, challenging, and never boring
because it’s never the same. Sometimes
when the odds are stacked against you in
a situation and you finally are making
progress, even the smallest “nice job” can
mean more then gold.
Q What are you passionate about outside of the office?
First and foremost is trying to
be a great dad to my 1-year-old daughter.
I really am making an effort to be there
for as many of those special moments as
I can. I am sure many can relate to the
experience that even the littlest things
your child does are so impressive. I now
appreciate why other fathers are basically
at the beck and call of their daughters.
I’ve been traveling in Latin America for
many years. One of the times, between
two of the locations I needed to go to, I
passed by some areas experiencing some
significant economic challenges. I saw
a number of children in the street. You
could tell that they had a lot of challenges
economically. There were some sick
children. But one thing that I saw was
that they had very positive smiles,
positive attitudes, even though they
were going through some tough times.
I had been involved with the Make-a-
Wish Foundation for a number of years
in the U.S. in Chicago, and I thought to
myself at this point, “I wonder if, through
the network of relationships built over
the years, maybe we could make a
difference in these kids’ lives.” There,
they didn’t have a number of charities
I would ask them if they are ready for
that life. If the answer is yes, I would tell
them to find a place to work where they
are going to stay very busy and work
for good people. Seek out someone in
a boss who is going to care about your
progress and not just the current project.
Another area I am very passionate about
is helping children in need. I founded
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9th Annual Northeast
August 28-29, 2013
Gideon Putnam Spa Resort
Saratoga Springs, New York
Hosted by the Connecticut, Long Island, New Jersey, New York City,
Northeast, and Upstate New York Chapters, the Northeast Regional Conference
features a tennis tournament and golf tournament followed by a networking
reception and dinner banquet on Wednesday. Spend a day at the Saratoga
Race Course on Thursday, including a luncheon at The Rail Pavilion.
Visit the TMA Events Calendar at turnaround.org to register and learn more.