I was recruited by my early mentor, David Bell, to take over his board seat as he was planning to step down. As a firm believer in education being key to the industry’s future, I was eager to join and start contributing. At the time, there were few board members with a digital background, so I thought I could try to expand AEF’s thinking about the industry’s future.
Never be afraid to change what you are doing, constantly. If you aren’t changing at a time when business is going great, you won’t have the resources to make changes when there is a downturn.
I studied philosophy as an undergraduate and as a Ph.D. candidate (although I never finished my doctorate). Jose Benardete was the very definition of the quirky absent-minded professor and he absolutely blew my mind when I was in graduate school at Syracuse University. He taught me to do what I later aspired to, professionally: make complicated things simple.
I am a strategist by trade, so I love problem solving and trying to make complicated things simple.