Favorite Part of Job? Helping employees grow within their careers.
Most Inspiring Mentor: My most inspiring mentor is Sergeant Major Ellis. He was out battalion Sergeant Major who lost his life during our second tour in Iraq. His leadership qualities and relationship with his Marines is something which I strive for everyday.
Tell us something fun about yourself that few people know: On my off time, I enjoy gardening and utilizing the harvest for cooking and canning.
Favorite Vermont Escape: Finding hills and trails to run through. This can be all over the state as there are many different trails to run on.
Favorite Downtime Activity: Exercising and running different obstacle course races such as Tough Mudder and the Spartan Race.
Favorite Super Hero: Punisher.
Favorite Social Media: SnapChat.
Person you would like to share a Vermont beverage with: Shaun T from the Beachbody program Insanity.
What is the best career advice you have received? If your title was taken away, would your employees still follow you?
Where do you see yourself professionally in ten years? Continuing to grow in my career through education and knowledge.
Career Highlights: During my four years in the Marines, I gained the rank of Sergeant and was deployed three times to Iraq twice and Japan once. I was awarded the following ribbons including Combat Action Ribbon, Purple Heart, and Iraq campaign Medal. During my time at Comcast, I became the lead technician for the Montpelier area within 3 years of working with the company and became supervisor after 5 years with the company.
Insanity Live Class- I am a group fitness instructor for Beachbody Live and I teach the workout Insanity from beachbody in Barre. What I charge the people that come to my classes is a donation to one of two non-profits which are the Semper Fi Fund and breast Cancer research foundation. To date, through the fitness classes we have raised $150 for breast cancer research foundation and $460 for the Semper Fi fund. I do not take any personal profit from the classes and all the proceeds go straight to the nonprofit organizations.
Restoration of cemeteries- I watched a news report about the Vermont old cemetery association. They were discussing the work that they have been doing to preserve the cemeteries throughout the state which are the final resting place to many people that built not only our state, but our country as well. I reached out to the association and was able to partner with them to help them with cemeteries in Rutland and Wallingford. This included repairing grave sites from revolutionary and civil war veterans.
Vermont Food bank- I began a partnership with the Vermont Food bank and wanted to help the organization out in many different ways as the work they do help many Vermonters who struggle with affording food. I have been able to find volunteers which have helped distribute food at their drop location in Derby Vermont. I have also brought my team down to their facility in Barre and have spent the day helping them sort food donations that have been given to the organization, and this will be the third year which our team participates in the pick for your neighbor event. The first two years we have picked and donated more than 1000 pounds of apples for the food bank and we will continue this as it is a great opportunity to help a great organization and the people of the community in which we serve.