Categories: Team Member Spotlight
Family – married? Children? Pets?
Wife and 3 girls- 16,14, and 11.(yes, I have an 11 yr old!)
Where did you grow up? Interests as a child? What did you want to be “when you grew up”?
Clearwater, FL and Daytona Beach, FL. Loved all sports especially anything on the water. Really never had a specific career/job in mind, but my aptitude test in high school had me leaning towards sales and as a lawyer. I took the easier path and less education requirement 😉
What college did you attend? What did you study? Best memories of those years?
THE Florida State University, business school and Hospitality Administration (hotel & restaurant). FSU was a great place to get an education and have a great social life. One summer I studied abroad with our Hotel & Restaurant faculty and got to live in Switzerland for 7 weeks. During this time we traveled all across Europe as well as classroom time 3 days a week. Really a fantastic experience.
Where in Atlanta do you live? What brought you here?
Dunwoody. Married and bought a house in Decatur which was fun. As we added kids, we wanted more a family-type community and moved to Dunwoody. We live less than a mile from the JCC where my kids and I do a lot of sports, working out and volunteer activities, and can easily get to highway.
Hobbies? Any charity or philanthropy?
I love basketball and staying fit through exercise and cross fit-type movements.
As for charities, I have a few passions and for a variety of reason- probably like how most people are drawn to their charitable giving.
- Ian’s Friends Foundation (IFF) : My middle daughter was in kindergarten with Ian Yagoda and we learned about Pediatric Brain Cancer and how it is the leading cause of death in children after accidental death. This led to our support and involvement over the past 10 years and a bond to the entire Yagoda family. Fast forward to today, IFF raises over $1.3mm every year and has invested in many types of Brain cancer stem cell research.
Just this year, the FDA has Fast Tracked one of the investments IFF made for a specific treatment for inoperable brain tumors called the “monorail”. Where they can take an inoperable brain tumor and moved to an operable area.
- Save A Child’s Heart (SACH) : This is an organization in Holon, Israel that I had the pleasure of visiting in 2018 as part of a “mission” of sorts. This group is based inside of a hospital where it utilizes the common operating and recovery rooms for children who have congenital heart disease at No cost to the families. Ironically, this organization does Not treat children of Israel since Israel utilizes a Universal Health Care system and offers “free” healthcare. The organization serves children from undeveloped nations such the Congo, Ethiopia, Zanzibar and Gaza. Religion and Nationality have no bearing on who get helped, it is based solely on need.
In 2017 we started a local chapter to help raise awareness and funds to support the group.
If money were no issue, what would you do with your time?
Spend more time volunteering in the community, as well as helping others network/connect to further their businesses and concepts.
Favorite food? Worst food?
Like most people I love all that is not good for you, like pizza, Italian, etc. I do like Mediterranean a lot too. Reality, I try to eat well most of the time and definitely cheat along the way. I am a fan of Red wine and many bourbons.
Cook or clean dishes?
I am more of a “cleaner “ these days, but there was a time I would cook frequently.
Favorite sports team(s)? Favorite book? Favorite movie?
FSU Seminoles ; grew into a Falcons fan and now, like most locals , Atl United.
Furthest you’ve ever traveled? Best trip of life?
All over Europe and again to Normandy France for the 50th anniversary of D-Day (1994); and any trip with my family
Speak any other languages?
Barely speak English!@
Mountains, beach, or staycation?
Role model in your life?
Several : Father, best friend, and uncle
What is one tidbit of information about you we wouldn’t expect?
With 3 girls, I am one of the best at blow drying and straightening hair!