Home: Paradise Valley AZ. Age: 57. Birthplace: Brooklyn, NY. Profession: Telecommunications leader. Organization: Stormbreaker Ventures. Title: General Partner. Formerly: President & CEO, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Operations. Significant other: My wife of 33 years, Suzanne. Alma mater: Seattle Pacific University.
Current project: Helping founders navigate their journey. Recent professional development: Joining Stormbreaker Ventures as a GP. Latest accomplishment: New personal record in bench press, the result of working out every day. Latest contribution to others: Supporting numerous people and complanies through my advisory business. Recent travel or adventure: Barcelona for the Mobile World Conference. Last book read: Traction, by Gino Wickman. Recently viewed and recommended: Ted Lasso. Recent unique acquisition: A vintage automobile.
What one word would your closest friend use to describe you? Loyal. Moral compass: I trust myself. How do you define a perfect friendship? Trust and personal enrichment. How do you define an ideal business relationship? Trust and learning. What is your greatest joy? My family. What is your guilty pleasure? Fine wine. What occupation, other than your own, do you most admire? Professional sports. How do you relieve stress? Working out. What is your go-to workout? Powerlifting.
What was your first paying job? As a busboy. What was your favorite college course? Marketing. What book have you repeatedly read? The Speed of Trust, by Stephen M. R. Covey. What movie have you repeatedly watched? Bad Boys II. Besides your parents, who has had the greatest influence on your life? My wife, Suzanne and my kids. What’s the best advice you received growing up? You can accomplish anything you set your mind to. What modern technology innovation do you most appreciate? iPhone and iPad.
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What change would you like to see in the world? Respect for the views and opinions of others. What mega-trend most excites you? Everything in our lives being connected and smart.
Who would you like to spend an evening with, in heaven? My dad. As a kid, what did you first want to be when you grew up? A professional soccer player. After your loved ones, what object would you first save from your burning home? My dogs. How would you choose to spend tomorrow, if you knew it was your last day on earth? With my family.
Personal mission: Making life better for everyone I touch. Personal motto: Great people and great teams can always find a way to win.