Q. Make a prediction; describe your vision of the business future.
My prediction is that we’re going to live in controlled chaos. In the future, there will be an even greater increase of information available. We’ll have to manage and break down that information into useful pieces. We are currently in a period of time where we’re providing almost too much information. We’re going through an exhaustive level of detail to provide something that may or may not add any true value.
Q. Who is (or was) the most influential person in your business?
Her name is Marilyn Gagen, one of the partners in Hawaii who really took me under her wing and spent time to not only train me but also push me to go beyond what I thought I could really accomplish. She used to yell at me all them time but because she expected so much, it really pushed me to excel.
Q. If you could pass on a nugget of wisdom to aspiring accountants, what would that be?
Be ready for change. Take challenges as opportunities to learn. We are all working in a fluid and dynamic area that is exciting and challenging but at the same time it’s always changing.
Beyond the Boardroom
What do you do to relax when you’re not working?
Nowadays, I spend most of my time with my family (my wife and son), reading stories and taking walks.
Deserted island wish list:
I’d have to say my family, a good book, a can of SPAM and satellite television.
My favorite vacation would be back home in Hawaii.
“To know that one life has breathed easier because of you is what it means to succeed.”
What are your hobbies?
Reading books to my son. Reading has always been a hobby, but now with my son it is more of a Dr. Seuss type of thing. Playing sports; golfing specifically.
What book(s) are you currently reading?
Clive Cussler – Treasure of Khan