What does a day in the life of a busy young professional look like?
Busy but exciting. One of the best parts of my job is not knowing what’s going to happen each day or who I will meet. Like most young professionals, I work during the day and attend board/committee meetings at night. Many of my friends are starting to have kids and I don’t know they do it!
What advice would you give a recent college graduate stepping into the business world?
First, realize you shouldn’t have all the answers and be ready to learn. Second, make sure you are interviewing the company when they are interviewing you. You need to make sure the company is the right place for you and your career aspirations. I speak with many college graduates who just want a job and I understand the desire to take the first offer that comes their way. But it’s important to take the best offer for you; which may not be the first offer you receive. It’s important to work for a company that will invest in you and your growth. We are lucky in New Hampshire to have so many businesses that are committed to their workers and understand their workforce is their most important asset.
What do you like to do in your free time? How do you make sure to set aside that time for yourself?
I enjoy hanging with friends and playing with my dog, Mattingly. I really try to set aside at least one day on the weekends where I don’t check email or work on a project. When I was younger I use to work seven days a week and thought that was how you got ahead but have come to appreciate the need to work on achieving a better work-life balance.
If you could have dinner with one (living) person in New Hampshire, who would it be and why?
Supreme Court Justice David Souter. Justice Souter is very private and I think it would be fascinating to speak with him about his time serving on the Supreme Court and see how he feels about some of the recent court decisions. Dean Kamen would be a close second.
Your professional career has taken you throughout the state, what are you most looking forward to with your new role as CEO to the Grafton County Economic Development Council (GCEDC)?
I have been in my new role for about 8 months and learn something new every day. I really enjoy getting to meet all the community and business leaders that are helping to keep jobs in the area and work hard to keep Grafton County moving forward. One of my favorite aspects of this job is being able to work with so many small business owners and providing them the resources they need to grow and thrive. There is nothing better than hearing a business owner let you know that because of your support they were able to overcome an obstacle and grow their business. Over the next year, I am looking forward to increasing the resources and technical assistance programs we can provide to business owners and making sure GCEDC continues to play an integral role in the economic development of Grafton County.
We know you love the Granite State, so tell us:
What’s your favorite “hidden gem?”
I think a hidden gem is all our wonderful historical museums. New Hampshire has such a rich history and played a major role in nearly every major event that helped shape this country. I especially love visiting the Millyard Museum in Manchester.
What’s your favorite local watering hole?
My new favorite spot is Schilling in Littleton. The craft beer is amazing and I can’t stop by there without ordering their homemade pretzels with beer cheese.
Where’s your favorite place to get away for the weekend?
When its apple season, I love visiting the local orchards on the weekends. I am on an endless search for the best apple cider donut in New Hampshire.
Which is the best season and why?
This is a difficult question. One of the best parts of living in the Northeast is you get to experience all four seasons. If I had to pick one it would have to be the Fall. The weather is perfect for jeans and a t-shirt and barbecuing outside.
Which city/town have you yet to visit but look forward to once time presents itself? What would you want to do once you got there?
Berlin. I have been to Berlin a few times but only for the day. It’s such a beautiful city with hard working people that are really working hard to revitalize the downtown. I want to visit and Ride the Wilds, which are 1,000+ miles of ATV trails. It would be a great way to experience the North Country.
Do you prefer the sunrise or the sunset? And where in NH do you catch the best?
Nothing is better than driving through the notch during sunrise. I climbed five 4,000 footers in one season and the best part was waking up early and getting to see the sunrise over the mountains.