By Paul Morrone, CFP®, CPA/PFS, MSA
Hiring is hard. I think of it like the speed dating scene in the movie Hitch, when Eva Mendez is stuck in a room of male suitors each of whom has a 2 minute window to make a good first impression. Of course (if you’ve seen the movie – which I have, many, many times), Will Smith bursts in, makes a scene and steals her heart – much to the dismay of everyone else in the room who was eagerly awaiting a chance to sit across from her. While it may not be nearly as dramatic or engaging, the speed dating analogy isn’t a terrible one. After plowing through a litany of resumes and kissing a lot of frogs, I’m excited to introduce Preston Young, Financial Planning Assistant, as the newest (and tallest) member of our team.
Preston, like myself, is a North Haven native and, although born in Ohio, spent the majority of his youth as a student-athlete in the North Haven public school system. Maybe I’m a fan of the home-team, but being able to remain involved in the local community is something we value greatly and it was a welcome bonus to learn of his connection to the town during our first interview. You will have the pleasure of learning much more about Preston in the coming weeks as you see him in the office, hear him on the phone or read about his personal life in our weekly newsletters.
There wasn’t one specific attribute that set Preston apart from the rest, but rather it was the notion that with someone like him on our team, the whole can be greater than the sum of the parts. His responsiveness and diligence during the interview process showed that he had genuine interest in the position and reflects the elevated level of care we strive to provide to our clients. His cool, calm and collected demeanor should be a good compliment to the animated, and sometimes eccentric, nature of my personality. And his desire and willingness to learn was evident from the first time we met.
After sitting on the other side of the table, I have the utmost respect for the many diligent job seekers in today’s world. It’s the proverbial double-edged sword. Applying for jobs is almost too easy thanks to websites like LinkedIn and Indeed but standing out as a small fish in a big pond is nearly impossible. With a talented labor pool and competitive job market, I believe we are lucky to have Preston on our team and look forward to working with him more closely as time goes on. I encourage you all to welcome him to the family as you did to me nearly ten years ago.