There are many roads you can take to arrive at the doorstep of success. What I love about growth investing is carefully evaluating these options alongside exceptional management teams, and then moving forward with determination toward a common goal.
What is your favorite book and why?
I love reading about human achievement against all odds. While this may be an unoriginal answer, my favorite book is Daniel James Brown’s The Boys in the Boat: An Epic Journey to the Heart of Hitler's Berlin. Not only did I enjoy the remarkable achievements of Joe Rantz during the early 1900s / Great Depression, but I also gained an appreciation for the art and science of rowing while learning valuable lessons about teamwork, trust, and camaraderie. Tough not to get chills up your spine at multiple points during that story. Honorable mention candidates include Unbroken, City of Thieves, and Endurance.
What was your first job?
I was a part-time teller for North Easton Savings Bank during my teenage years. It’s fun to think about some of the transactions I was responsible for completing – processing cash withdrawals, depositing checks, checking account balances, transferring money between accounts – and how they’ve been almost entirely disrupted by smartphones, payments technology, and cloud applications. Unfortunately, my shirt & tie color combinations have yet to be disrupted for the better …
What is your favorite food?
Having grown up in the corridor that sits between Route 3A and Route 95 (Easton, MA), I naturally developed an affinity for South Shore bar pizza, specifically Town Spa Pizza in Stoughton. Boxes and boxes of pizza from the Spa would make their way to family dinners, holiday parties, graduations, championship celebrations, and Sunday Patriots games. While my topping preferences have varied over the years (half cheese, half Hawaiian is my current choice), one variable remains unchanged: very little can stop me from snagging a slice during the ride back home from Stoughton.