Occupation: I work in the satellite communications industry in New York City. Intelsat is the largest commercial satellite company in the world. I've been doing sales for 18 months, but before that I was in operations in Atlanta for several years.
Occupation: I work in the satellite communications industry in New York City. Intelsat is the largest commercial satellite company in the world. Iâve been doing sales for 18 months, but before that I was in operations in Atlanta for several years. Thereâs a lot of crossover between sales and operations, so I made the jump, and I really enjoy it.
Family: My wife, Audrey, and I have three kids. Richard is 14 and a freshman at Newtown High School. Sarah is 12 and at Newtown Middle School, and the rambunctious Andy is 9. He is at the AIS magnet school in Danbury.
Pets: We just got a dog this year, Rocky. Heâs a 4-year-old rescue golden retriever. Heâs a fantastic family dog, but not yet well trainedâ¦. And we have two gerbils, with no names. Sarah used to have a gecko named Zippy, a reflection of our wacky sense of humor.
How long have you lived in Newtown? We have lived here since the summer of 2005. We moved up from Atlanta in a corporate relocation.
What do you like to do in your free time? I belong to the WestConn Toastmasterâs Club. I enjoy that, although I call it âTwo Hours of Pure Terror.â Itâs part of my sales thing, and has been very helpful. Weâre very involved in the Methodist Church, too, and do a lot of volunteering there. Iâm on the Staff Parish Relations committee and Iâll be going on a mission trip to Haiti next March. Iâm from England, so soccer is also huge for me. My involvement is everything from watching it on TV to playing with the Newtown Adult Pickup Soccer club â Iâm the field setup person â to coaching, and watching my sons play. I love reading, but itâs trying to find the time to do so thatâs hard.
Do you have a favorite soccer player? Christiano Ronaldo. He was the world number one player two years ago. People either love him or hate him; heâs very polarizing. Heâs the most skillful and entertaining player to watch. I also like George Best and Bobby Charlton, who are traditional English soccer players.
Do you have a favorite travel destination? Jokingly, I say Grand Central Station: I go there every day. But having lived in the US and England, and with my work, Iâve had the opportunity to travel a lot. Greece is one of my favorite places, especially the island of Spetses off of Athens. I was lucky enough to go to the Olympics in Greece in 2004, the Popeâs funeral in 2005, and to Munich for the Soccer World Cup in 2006 for work. All of them were absolutely fantastic events to go to. Our last two family vacations have been to Smugglerâs Notch in New Hampshire, and weâve been to visit Audreyâs sister in Alaska, and back to Europe.
What is the best thing about Newtown? Itâs two things: the people, first of all. You walk down the street and everyone is friendly. It has a small town, rural feel. And of course, the education. We ended up in Newtown because of the schools.
What would you say is your greatest achievement? It has to be family. We are blessed with three wonderful children. I also have a very fulfilling career. Every day is a challenge, but itâs a great industry to be in and very exciting.
Do you have a personal philosophy? Do the right thing. Itâs that innate knowledge we all have â work hard, and have fun. My dad was an excellent role model, so far as these go.
What is the craziest thing you have ever done? A 30-hour, nonstop adventure race I did in northern Georgia in January of 2003. Itâs like an off-road triathlon of mountain biking, orienteering, obstacle courses, trail running, kayaking, and more mountain biking. About eight hours into it I fell on my mountain bike and broke my sternum. But I managed to carry on and complete the race.