Note: Over the next months I’ll be posting interviews with a number of key members of the Cicero team. Stay tuned!
Describe yourself in 5 words or less
Outgoing, happy, energetic, nerdy, stylish
How do you spend your time outside of work?
With my first baby due in 2 days (a boy!), preparations have been dominating my time lately. We’ve got the nursery, car seat, and to-go bag up and running. I can’t wait for little Everett to come!
I put myself through college as a contractor, so I have a distinct handyman bent, and my wife has some interior design background. We like to think that our combined skillsets have created a very comfortable home. In the past year we have painted and furnished the whole house, redone the kitchen, and installed hardwood floors.
What did you do pre-Cicero, and what brought you to the firm?
I came to Cicero straight out of undergrad. I had spent quite a bit of time getting to know consulting firms and preparing for case interviews. Cicero was the right pick for me because it balanced the top-tier performance of consulting with family life. Cicero’s process of feedback during the interview process helped my decision too. Mid-interview they told me what I had done right and wrong. I’ve been able to significantly accelerate my personal growth because of that feedback culture.
What are some interesting things you’ve been working on lately?
I’m currently working with our firm’s education practice, Ed Direction. We’re working with the lowest performing schools in the state of Utah to turn around their performance. In the past few months we’ve spent time in the schools observing classrooms and interviewing teachers to establish a baseline, then we created 2-year improvement plans, and now we’ve begun to train teachers and execute on those improvement plans. This project has been particularly fun for me because my wife is a teacher. Our conversations at home have been quite rewarding. When I first told her that I was on an education project, my wife was a little incensed that a consultant would know anything about how to teach kids. I’m one of few non-teachers on our team, but we’ve had to carefully navigate that public vs private tension.
What else makes Cicero a great place to work?
One of my favorite things is the caliber of people I work with. They’re smart and driven, which pushes me to achieve. That similarity in drive unifies us, so socially we’re a tight knit group.
On a related tangent, we’re in the middle of a foosball tournament. My team is pretty stacked, so I’m looking forward to taking the trophy from last year’s winners.
For fun, any book/movie/music recommendations?
I recently read The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho in a day – I couldn’t put it down. There’s something about the author’s understanding of human emotion and expressive writing that connects with your soul.
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