Sean McManus

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Communications strategist Sean McManus, in brief.

Sean McManus

Home: Miami, FL.  Age: 45.  Profession: Conference designer.  Organization: M+D.  Title: Co-Founder.  Significant other: Spring Dautel McManus.

Current project: Launching a new climate-tech conference in Miami.  Hobbies: Tennis, swimming, writing.  Recent travel or adventure: Saudi Arabia.  Last book read: The Raging 2020s, by Alec Ross.

Personality profile: Cynical but easy going.  Moral compass: Desmond Tutu.  What is your greatest joy? Solving complex problems.  What is your greatest fear? Becoming uninspired.  What occupation, other than your own, do you most admire? Artists.  What ingredient is essential to your perfect vacation? Great wine.

What book have you repeatedly read? Don Quixote.  What movie have you repeatedly watched? Almost Famous.  What is the best advice you received in your career? It’s more fun to collaborate.  What is your go-to source of news and information? The Economist.  What is your go-to source of creative inspiration? Red wine.  What world event has had the greatest influence on your life? Fall of the Berlin Wall.

What is your big idea? Business conferences that are cool.  What change would you like to see in the world? An equal playing field.  What widely held belief do you reject? Government is bad.  What mega-trend most excites you? Remote work.  What mega-trend most concerns you? Algorithms that divide us.

What title would you choose for the movie about your life? Fear and Loathing in Miami Beach.  What actor would you choose to play you in the movie about your life? Corey Stoll.  Who would you like to spend an evening with, in Heaven? My paternal grandfather.  As a kid, what did you first want to be when you grew up? A tech CEO.  What advice would you give your younger self? Learn more languages.

Personal mission: Family first. Personal motto: Isn’t fun the best thing to have?  Favorite quote: "Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid" (Goethe).

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