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My father was career military, and we moved every two years or so. We lived in the Northern Virginia/Washington D.C. area more times than anywhere else so I have always considered it home. If you talk to a “military brat” you will often get a sense of how they felt about constantly being uprooted while growing up. Thanks to my parents who encouraged my independence and instilled in me a fascination with the world and the ability to adapt, I was firmly in the camp of people who viewed the moves as an adventure. I valued meeting new people and seeing new places, especially the opportunity to live internationally.
I was working in the consulting practice of what was then one of the "Big 8" public accounting firms. Executive search was a new practice area for the firm. I was immediately intrigued with the concept of matching up a client’s needs by finding the right person to fill those needs and knew I wanted to be part of the team. Thirty years later, I still enjoy the intellectual stimulation and challenge of executive recruiting, which requires one to constantly learn about our clients and their business as well as the industries and positions of those we consider in the process of conducting our search.
During the summers while I was in college, I worked for what was then the leading department store in Washington, D.C. The first summer I was there, I went on a buying spree. This quickly ended once I realized I was quite literally spending every penny I made. However, my roommates were thrilled with the suitcase of clothes I brought back to campus that fall.
Travel. While there are many cities and locations I know well and always enjoy visiting, I most enjoy going to new places. It's always a learning experience.