July 9-11, 2014 / St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort / Laguna Beach, California / tmawesternregional.org
Networking, Education, Golf Tournament, Bike Tour, Judges Roundtable, and More
was a big moment for me personally
because it allows me to get exposure to
senior professionals outside of my firm
and learn from them as well. That was
due in large part to Michelle Salazar of
Tiger Group, the NextGen board member
of the chapter’s board of directors.
She has been so helpful in facilitating
everything and getting me involved.
From the NextGen Leadership Meeting, I
came away with a lot of enthusiasm and
motivation to replicate here in Southern
California the kind of success that
they’ve seen in the New York Chapter
with NextGen. As soon as I started
reaching out to people of my generation
in the restructuring world out here, the
resounding response was, “We’ve been
waiting so long for something like this.”
Q Let’s talk a little bit about your passions outside the office. You
had mentioned that you play competitive
soccer, and you’re also a runner.
I ran track very
competitively in high school and,
candidly, maybe got a little burned out. I
didn’t run as much in college, but since
then I’ve really found that running for
me is almost a personal meditation. I
generally try to run around eight miles or
a little bit more at least three times a week.
Soccer’s always been a huge piece of my
life. With all my family being English, it’s
a way I can stay connected to them. I’m
a huge Chelsea Football Club supporter,
so whenever they’re playing, usually on
Saturdays, it’s great to watch the game
and keep in touch with my older brother,
who’s also a big Chelsea supporter.
In terms of playing, work has been
pretty busy and hasn’t allowed me to get
involved in a team. When I lived in New
York, I was a part of a number of teams,
and we’d meet every week and play. It’s
been a little more difficult to find that out
here in Southern California. But I have
a number of pickup games that I play
in and the level is quite high. There’s
something about having sunshine
almost every day of the year that makes
everyone pretty athletic out here.
Q What might people who only know you professionally be most
surprised to learn about you?
My mother is from
Argentina. I understand Spanish fluently,
although maybe I’m a little bit out of
practice speaking. My mom spoke it to
me when I was growing up. I love the
language. It’s got a warmth that maybe
English doesn’t have and that’s what
really makes me love it. I love Spanish
music, too— flamenco, bossa nova,
anything like that.
Q You may be a little young for a bucket list, but I’m sure you must
have a list of things you want to do when
you get time.
I was able to travel quite a
lot when I was younger. I haven’t had a
lot of time to do so since I got older, so I
would do a lot more international travel. I
also want to find a way to give back to
my mother, father, sister, and brother for
all the support and time they’ve invested
in getting me to where I am today.
Without their support, I don’t think that
would have been possible. J