In what city did you grow up? I was born in Fort Wayne.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? As a small child, I wanted to be an astronaut. Then I discovered I easily got motion sickness. So I decided I had the stomach to be a lawyer instead.
What famous person would you most like to meet? Either Tom Hanks or Keanu Reeves. Both seem like genuine, down-to-earth people.
What is your favorite part of your job? I get to help entrepreneurs create new startups!
What do you actually do at your job? Communicate. I believe that communication solves problems, so I do the best I can to communicate as effectively and efficiently as possible.
What do you love most about Fort Wayne? The downtown revitalization efforts are amazing. It makes me very proud to be a Fort Wayne resident.
What was your first job? I was a certified soccer referee.
What is your greatest accomplishment? Creating PC’s For Youth, a nonprofit devoted to providing computers to underprivileged youth in northeast Indiana.
Who is your hero? My wife. As an ER nurse, she is on the front lines of this pandemic and yet somehow manages to keep all As while studying to become a Nurse Practitioner. Somehow she even finds the strength to put up with me!
What is your dream job? I would love to provide corporate in-house counsel to a technology oriented company.
What is your biggest pet peeve? People who don’t use turn indicators.
What would you choose as your last meal? I would have my fill at Umi.
If you had a time machine, where and to what time period would you travel? I would travel to late medieval ages in Europe. I got a chance to study Scottish castles while at St. Andrews and it was an incredible experience.
Who would you like to see perform in concert? It would have been neat to see the Beatles
If you could travel anywhere, where would you go? Sanibel Island. My wife and I got married on the beach. It would be great to go back.
How often do you exercise? I try to exercise daily.
What does your workout regimen consist of? Usually going to the gym, but during the pandemic, I’ve been using Wii Fit to do cardio, stretching and anaerobic exercises.
What profession would you never try? I don’t have the stomach to be a nurse.
If you could solve one major problem, what would it be? Injustice
Where will you go on your next vacation? Florida
If you could give your 15 year-old self advice, what would it be? Sell all of your stock on January 31, 2020.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given? If something doesn’t make sense, it’s because you don’t know the whole story.
What is the best gift you have ever been given? I got a guitar when I as 12, and I’ve been playing ever since!
Name one person who has inspired you in your life. My father.
Do you make up jokes or steal them? My lawyer has advised me not to answer this question.
Who was your favorite teacher? Why? I was fortunate to have many great teachers over the years, but my favorite was Jeremy Anderson. His teaching style matched my learning style, and his jokes were funnier than mine.
Would you rather be invisible or read minds? Unless I can use such power at will, neither. But if I had the ability to use at will, I would be invisible.
If you hosted a talk show, who would be your first guest? Elon Musk
What is one important skill you think everyone should have? The ability to reason.
What skill would you like to master? Computer science would be a great skill to have, especially during these times.
What was the last gift you gave someone? I gave my wife a pair of boots. In April. It snowed in April (again), so I wasn’t too far off base.
What is the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten? I ate a brown crayon while in elementary school.
What would you do with your 15 minutes of fame? Be thankful for the opportunity to connect with others.
Do you get up when your alarm goes off or do you hit the snooze button? My wife says I hit the snooze button.
How would your grade school teachers describe you? Confident and smart.
If you participate in a sport, do you prefer it to be an individual sport or a team sport? Team sports, please. I am a huge baseball fan!
What is the most productive time of day for you? In the afternoon
If you received enough money to never need to work again, what would you spend your time doing? Working, probably. Actually, I would continue to work on my hobbies, like playing guitar.
When was the last time you tried something new? I formed my own law firm last October.
If you had to teach someone one thing, what would you teach? Business law.
What gets you excited and driven to achieve? Innovation. I love helping to bring new ideas to fruition.
If you could go back in time, once, and change a single thing, what would it be? I would make unlabeled raisin cookies against the law. All raisin cookies must be properly marked so as to not be confused for chocolate chip cookies.
What moment in your life would you most like to go back and relive? My wedding day.
Vacation spot? Sanibel Island.
Holiday? Why? Independence Day. I love celebrating the birth of our nation with family and friends. Plus, fireworks on the lake are great!
Sports team? The New York Yankees
Downtown locale? Parkview Field
Fort Wayne feature? Family friendly
TV show? Last Man Standing
Hobby? Playing guitar
Flavor of ice cream? Moose tracks