Note: Over the next months I’ll be posting interviews with a number of key members of the Cicero team here and on my LinkedIn account. Stay tuned!
Describe yourself in 5 words or less
Intrepid, Ambitious, Eager, Tireless, Modest
How do you spend your time outside of work?
I am beset with a deep thirst for adventure! As such, I spend my time searching for beauty, charm, and adventure. I thoroughly enjoy rock climbing, mountain biking, and satisfying my wanderlust with my wife and exploring the Wasatch Front alpine whenever I get the chance.
What did you do pre-Cicero, and what brought you to the firm?
I worked at Strata, a non-profit think tank that focused mainly on environmental and energy policy research. However, my role was focused on economic development. Over the course of several years I helped establish a microfinance organization in the Navajo Nation. In partnership with the microfinance organization and Utah State University, we created an internship opportunity for skilled and passionate students to make an impact in the Navajo Nation by teaching basic business-building principles. During my time at the organization, I received mentorship in the principles of liberty and free markets and came to appreciate the skill and joy of data analysis.
I was introduced to Cicero when a group of Utah State alumni came to Strata for a recruiting presentation. I was immediately interested and excited about what I heard. I loved the focus on using data to inform decision-making and the meaningful results Cicero gave to their clients. I was convinced that Cicero was the perfect fit: I would be able to engage in the free market, be trained further in data analysis, be challenged, and have meaningful impact on client projects.
What are some interesting things you’ve been working on lately?
What isn’t interesting at Cicero? The best part about projects at Cicero is that you can see the impact you’re having on clients and their business. I’m currently working on a wide range of projects:
- Implementing an optimization plan at a nationwide nursing college designed to optimize their enrollment process
- Helping a state agency evaluate their marketing to increase awareness around the dangers of driving while under the influence and decrease the percentage of people who drink and drive
- Performing comprehensive research analysis on non-compete legislation in Utah to inform the State on relevant market forces, employer and employee perspectives, and potential effects
What else makes Cicero a great place to work?
The people are great, the snack room is nice, and the office space is always keeping me on my toes. But, in reality, the thing that makes Cicero a great place to work is the culture! At Cicero, everyone is given responsibility immediately and is trusted with that responsibility. Employees are expected to make an impact and are given mentorship and instruction to help them do just that. Cicero cares about their employees and in return I have a desire to help drive the firm forward rather than taking a back seat ride.
For fun, any book/movie/music recommendations?
I enjoy reading non-fiction books. I just finished Hope and Honor, the story of Major General Sid Shachnow and how he escaped Nazi Germany to eventually become the commanding officer of the U.S. Special Forces. It was an excellent and inspiring read, offering insight on finding success through adversity. I’d definitely recommend it.
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