When you’re not working, how do you like to spend your time?
With five children, much of my time is spent in following and attending their groups and activities, from sporting events to theater productions. As they are getting older and more independent, I am finding time to keep myself fit and healthy along with my wife and our two dogs. We enjoy hiking, open water swimming, and other outdoor pursuits.
What are you currently (or most recently) reading?
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson and the latest issue of Outdoor Magazine
What’s the first concert you attended?
This information can definitely can be used to date me, but my first 2 concerts were U2 in Washington DC for their Joshua Tree tour and the Grateful Dead at the old RFK (Redskins) stadium.
What’s your favorite book?
I became a huge fan of Stephen King when I was younger, so I have read most of his books. They are all different, but The Shining remains a classic.
What’s the best Halloween costume you’ve ever had?
I’m not sure if it was the best, but as a college sophomore at Georgetown University I dressed up as a girl’s prep school field hockey player, with tartan skirt and tall socks. It was funny in that my oldest daughter ended up being a Division 1 field hockey player, playing at Georgetown. When she sees this old picture in my dorm room at school, I have told her it was a prediction of her future achievements.
What was your first job?
My first legitimate job was working for my uncle, building houses, where I had the unenviable job of crawling next to the basement foundations and sealing them with tar since I was the smallest person on the crew. I followed that up with many years of working at pools, as a lifeguard, pool manager, lesson instructor, and summer swim coach.
What was your favorite subject in school?
Generally I was better at the sciences and biology was my favorite.
If you could win an Olympic medal for any sport, real or fake, what would it be?
Since I was a Division 1 swimmer in college, I would have loved to have won a medal in the Olympics. I was blessed with the heart and desire but not the 6 ft, 9 in wingspan and size 13 feet of Michael Phelps, so this remains only a dream.
Who do you admire most in the world?
This is super tough. My parents are amazing, so they always make the short list. However, after 27 years of marriage and five children, my wife gets top billing in the admiration column. She is the rock in every storm and the glue in everything we have done and built together.
If you could go back to anytime in history, where would you go?
Though it was tough, stressful, and dangerous, I would like to spend time with my grandfather in World War II. He was a navigator and bombardier over the European theater. I knew him both as my “Gramps” and a well-respected circuit court judge, but I would love to learn more about what shaped him during such a traumatic time in our country.