Vice President and Director of International Operations
After 20+ years in the IT field, I came on board full-time in 2010. I spent a few years prior to that getting to know the people around the world that make this industry tick, so it was an easy transition. Some would even say I married into it. It’s been fun to help the company grow into the big family that it is today.
My Travel History and Style
I’ll literally go anywhere, be it Cook County or the Cook Islands. I’ve been lucky enough to see more of the world than all my ancestors and family combined ever had a chance to experience. I camped outside frequently as a kid (I’m completely over that), but still love spending time outdoors. Who doesn’t? Some of our industry friends have opened their homes to us on our travels, and that’s always a nice way to feel like a local — actually live with them for few days.
One thing to note: Once you fly in business class on any of our wonderful airline partners, you’ll never be able to sit in coach again.
Every year or 2, Corinne and I take the same mob of friends somewhere in the world for a couple of weeks. In past years, we’ve taken them to Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Thailand, Hong Kong, South Africa, Mozambique, Dubai, and Alaska. Next year, South Africa and Victoria Falls on the Zambia side are on deck for the crazy mob. These are my favorite types of trips, as the people you’d like to share adventures and memories with are actually on the trip with you.
The Gold Coast of Australia to visit my in-laws in February when it’s snowing in Chicago, but warm and sunny in the South Pacific. I also love exploring off the beaten tracks, especially in certain parts of Africa like Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, and South Africa. And Africa has really grown as a newer destination for us over the last few years.
I was a musician in a modern rock band for quite a few years, and still enjoy playing one of my many guitars. I love golf and playing on tracks around the world when we travel. At home, I never get the time to play as much as I’d like, but it’s good to get out once in a while. Our office mascot Echo enjoys a good walk on the paths by Lake Michigan. I enjoy a good walk too, but mine is to a local pub or street festival to hang with friends.