The Disability Foundation
Week 3: Casually Cool
What do you like to do for fun?
Honestly, I have the most fun, and I feel like I am at my best, when I am spending time with my family. Like a lot of parents these days, I am a soccer, track, basketball, cross country, etc. dad. I enjoy watching my kids play and gaining all the benefits of playing as part of a team. However, the most fun I have is when we have nowhere to go and all the time in the world to get there. My 13 year old daughter recently told me that one of her favorite things to do was just hanging out at home with her family. Honestly, it made me feel great. It means that we have provided a positive home environment for the entire family, and that I hadn’t turned into a ‘geek’ in her eyes… not just yet anyway.
Week 2: Workplace Image
What do you find most rewarding about your job?
What I find most rewarding about my job is that I get to be a problem solver. Families often come to our organization in a somewhat panicked state. They are trying to make the some of the most important financial decisions, for a loved with a disability, and they are unsure as to what direction they should go. I get to help these families to navigate a complicated system and choose the most prudent financial option for their situation, which provides them with peace of mind. There is something very satisfying about helping to lift some burden off of the shoulders of others. It’s really what gets me out of bed each morning and off to the office.
Week 1: First Impressions
What made you decide to pursue your current career or vocation?
A great philosopher (Seneca) once wrote, “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity”. So, in this sense, luck played a role in my current career as an administrator of special needs trusts for individuals with disabilities. I feel that all of my professional experiences had led up to my opportunity to take over as the Executive Director for the Disability Foundation. I had fulfilled so many professional experiences leading up to being offered my current position that I was ready to jump in on day one.
Part of being successful is dressing for success. I feel that my appearance serves two primary functions: First impressions and respect for the professional situation. Your appearance is a manner in which you are selling yourself and one never gets a second chance to make a first impression. The second reason may be less obvious. Appropriate dress is a means to express your respect for the situation that you are in and the people in it.
Why should people vote for you as “the Most Inspirational Man in Dayton?”
I feel like I am a good role model because my philosophy has always been to make sure I am engaged at home, at work and in the community. Be good-hearted at home; be steadfast at work; and help uplift your community. At the end of each day, I want to ensure that I have spent my day making a positive impact on the lives of others.