Growing up in North Haven, it never occurred to me that I would one day be working right on the town green that I’ve walked through so many times. Although I was born in Toledo, Ohio, I moved to North Haven when I was three and still live here today and consider it my home. Like Paul, I am also a product of the North Haven school system where I played basketball and baseball. This valuable experience taught me how to work with others to make the whole greater than the sum of its parts. During my college career at Southern Connecticut State University, I earned my bachelor’s degree in finance and plan to continue my higher education over the next few years.
I’ve always enjoyed working with people and helping them through both good and bad times. In addition to my engagement in various athletic programs, I also volunteered at Benhaven where I had the pleasure of working with individuals and families living with autism and other spectrum disorders. This was a moving experience that allowed me to learn how to connect with people on a deeper level. I was responsible for tutoring, mentoring and caring for an individual with severe speech impairments. Throughout the process I was even able to learn some basic sign language to help us communicate better.
In my free time, my girlfriend Rachel and I have our hands full with our dog, Mason. Mason is a spoiled, loving, and outgoing Aussiedoodle who will do just about anything for another treat. He loves to join us on top-down jeep adventures, relaxing boat rides on Candlewood Lake and long walks on Hammonasset Beach. Our summers are often packed with ice cream, weekend trips, swimming, boating and nights by the fire. Rachel and I are avid food lovers, and big food critics. During our many years together, we have dined at countless restaurants and try our best not to repeat any – other than our absolute favorites! If travel is in the cards, we will likely find ourselves living out our inner child at Disney World which has become an annual family getaway each January. It’s hard to explain, but there is something so magical about walking into the parks and feeling like a kid again.
I am also a lifelong Red Sox fan and make the pilgrimage to Fenway Park multiple times a year to catch a game with family or friends. During the fall and winter months, my Sunday’s are filled with football and wings rooting for the Green Bay Packers.
In my spare time, I have devoted countless hours to tinkering and modifying my ‘99 Jeep Wrangler. It is a constant project that will never be fully completed because and I love the challenge of seeing what could be made better. Of course, there is always the time spent troubleshooting issues keep it running perfectly which makes it reliable in the winter months and enjoyable in the summer months with the top off. I have put countless hours into the project and have even repainted it from top to bottom. There are imperfections, but something I am proud of and hope to pass down to my kids one day.
- Bachelor of Science in Finance from Southern Connecticut State University 2021