What is the Best of Burlington, VT?
I was recently interviewed by Best of Burlington Magazine for their Fall 2013 issue on what I love most about living in Burlington, VT.
Kiplinger's Personal Finance's list of the 10 greatest places to live has Burlington rated as #2. Why is the city rated so highly?
To start off, it is a beautiful city, architecturally and aesthetically, that offers easy access to nature in what I like to call its "front and back yards!" In our front yard, we have a gorgeous lake with the Adirondacks as the backdrop. In the backyard, we have the Green Mountains and renowned resorts for enjoying winter. Our proximity to a major metropolitan area, beautiful Montreal, is a real bonus that many people don't appreciate. On top of all that, we have a highly educated work force fueled by the area colleges and universities, a world class health care facility at FAHC and outstanding arts & culture.
Do you ever miss your days in the fast-paced world of currency trading on Wall Street?
It was certainly an adjustment when my wife, Brooks, and I first moved here. I did miss the camaraderie of the trading desk and the international travel at first, but I quickly readjusted to life in my home state. My friends from Wall Street that come to visit are so envious of my lifestyle here. I love what I do and am so fortunate to live in Burlington and wake up each day looking forward to work. My challenge is balance. I tend to be a workaholic, and am trying to balance work with family time, play and my passion- travel!
Which of your many non-profit involvements has your greatest passion these days?
I am partial to Fletcher Allen Health Care.. Even with all the changes and transition in health care, they continue to receive national awards and recognition for the quality of the care they provide. The hospital is recognized nationally for its cardiac care. My other soft spot is Spectrum Youth & Family Services. This organization is the safety net in our community for our "at risk" or homeless youth.
What activities do you enjoy as a Vermont family?
In the Fall, we put the boat away, then soon after, we pull out the skis and snowboards and head into the "back yard" to hit the slopes!Year-round, our family enjoys the vibrancy of downtown Burlington, whether it's shopping, dining at a great restaurant, or taking in a fabulous show at the Flynn Performing Arts Center.