Personal interests

Personal Interests

I have always maintained an intense work schedule so my personal interests tend to evolve around my wife and my four children. Fortunately, most of us enjoy golf and the challenging atmosphere it provides. Our family vacations highlight the year. Whether skiing, rafting, golfing, or spending days at the beach, we thoroughly enjoy our time together.

Through elementary and high school, I was educated by very disciplined Dominican nuns and more liberal-thinking Jesuits. Though an interesting contrast, they both helped me develop a strong sense of faith which extends beyond just a religious context. Faith builds confidence and enables me to trust in the capabilities of others. I have been on many great teams and a few bad ones. Great teams derive their strength from collective faith in the ability of each team member. By trusting in each other, each team member can focus on best execution. Maximum collective effort produces more wins than losses.

I have competed athletically since I joined my first little league team at the age of 8. Since then, I have been drawn to the competitive environment which athletics provides. I am no longer suited to play basketball, football, or run track. So, I now compete on the golf course (handicap: 7). Golf is a humbling and rewarding teacher. The game is quick to point out one’s limitations and how those limitations are addressed. Similarly challenging is the game of bridge. I learned to play bridge as a young man, and my enthusiasm for the game has been renewed through both live and online participation. Golf and bridge have introduced me to many wonderful people, and more than a few lifetime friends. My club affiliations are as follows:

  • American Contract Bridge League
  • Greater Milwaukee Bridge Association
  • Milwaukee Country Club Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Sand Hills Golf Club
    Mullen, Nebraska

 

In addition to golf, I enjoy other outdoor activities such as hunting and skiing. To repay those who devoted long hours to coaching me, I coach elementary school basketball whenever my schedule permits. I read as much as I can. Some of my favorite business and pleasure reads are:

Business

  • The Loyalty Effect
  • Blown to Bits
  • Tyranny of the Status Quo
  • Free to Choose
  • There's no Such Thing as a Free Lunch
  • Now or Never
  • The Power of Now
  • The Power of Events
  • The World is Flat
  • A Demon of Our Own Design
  • The Fourth Turning
  • The Singularity is Near

Personal

  • Modern Times
  • Guns, Germs, and Steel
  • Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds
  • Atlas Shrugged
  • The Fountainhead
  • John Adams
  • The Bible
  • Wooden
  • The Outlander Series

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