I’m an Ohio boy, born and bred. I was raised under the constant and intense pressure of being a Miracle - from the never ending puns to explaining my family’s history to strangers in the airport. I was also raised working for my mom’s accounting practice where I learned that I did not want to be an accountant. I applied this knowledge in several brief stints with startup companies, where I learned first-hand the excitement and terror of creating business models, designing work processes, and getting the first big customer. My favorite types of tea are Earl Grey, Gunpowder Green, English Breakfast, Green Jasmine, Assam, and 1st Flush Darjeeling – in that order. I love backpacking, brunch, Oxford commas, difficult workouts, and being lost – whether it’s in a foreign place, a good book, or a new idea.
What are your travel must-haves?
- Two books – one fiction and one non-fiction
- Immersion Blender – this one is a fantasy, but I really miss my spinach smoothies on the road
If you were to die and choose anything to come back as, what would it be?
A tree. Trees are awesome.
What is your greatest fear?
Plastic coffee lids. How can such a cheaply manufactured piece of plastic be trusted to protect me from scalding liquid as I sprint through the airport?
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
In college, I volunteered in Panama with an organization called Global Brigades. It was mid August – the rainy season in Panama – and we were working in a rural community called Torti Abajo. The community was building a banking cooperative, and we were helping them by teaching financial literacy and consulting with some of their microenterprises. It ended up being a really powerful experience that taught me about the ability and intelligence of all people, especially when they are armed with the principles of business.
Before all that, I have one vivid memory of the first time we went into the community. It was at least one hundred degrees with tangible humidity, and I was crammed into the back of a bus traveling over a muddy, unpaved road while blasting reggaeton. I looked up at the beautiful mountains that surrounded the village, and then down at the colorful houses and smiling faces of the children who had come out to greet us. At that moment, anything was possible. I can’t imagine being any happier.
What natural gift would you most like to possess?
The ability to be interested in anything. If you could be interested in anything, then you would never have to work a day in your life.
I think I’m pretty close.
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