USBG Boston; 11 years in the industry
Where did you grow-up, and what was it like there?
I grew up outside of Boston in a suburb called Stoneham. I was a artsy goth kid though, so I spent most of my time sitting on a concrete slab called "The Pitt" in Cambridge. It was the local hangout for Massachusetts weirdos in the 90s.
Favorite childhood memory?
Most of my favorite childhood memories involve nature. Woods walks with my grandpa, catching frogs, bugs, and snakes. I also had some wonderful trips to Florida with my Nana. I remember being totally fascinated by the Tiki Room at Disney World.
Where do you work and what do you do there?
I own a cocktail catering, education, and consulting business with Harmony Dawn called Booze Époque. I do pretty much everything from marketing, to taxes, to event planning, to lime squeezing, to bartending, dishwashing and everything in-between.
What is the most rewarding part of your career?
Making people happy by putting tasty things in their mouths.
What is your favorite bartending moment?
I mean... That one time at Burning Man really...
What do you do to relax outside of work?
I'm a super nerd, and consequently a very hardcore birder (really). I'm also boning up on my nature photography skills. Other than that, rock shows, nature hikes, cooking, working out, reading Young Adult books.
Tell us about your dream vacation
Bird watching and hiking in South America (Peru and Patagonia especially).
Leonard Cohen's entire catalogue before 1980.
Advice you could offer to others:
Do something you love, surround yourself with people who are good to you, give back where you can, snuggle animals.
Who do you look up to and why?
The numerous people on this planet who have defied convention and put themselves in great personal danger to better humanity.
Tell us something unusual or unique about yourself that we might not know.
I lived in an ice cream truck on the streets of San Francisco for a hot minute in the early 2000s.
What does the future hold for you?
I don't know! That's part of the mystery of life I guess.
What is your least-favorite word?
What is your favorite word?
What is turns you on?
Intelligence, good hygiene, similar taste in music, skillz.
What turns you off?
Racism, hatred, homophobia, misogyny, a lack of intellectual curiosity.
What noise(s) or sound(s) do you love?
Leaves in the wind and Loons on a lake.
What noise(s) or sound(s) do you hate?
The sound of cardboard rubbing against cardboard. CHILLS!!!!!
Which profession (other than your own) would you like to attempt?
Which profession would you not like to try?
If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?
God doesn't need to hear me talk but we will totally bro down and listen to Queen's 1986 preference at Wembley Stadium. Then we'd party with Bowie, Prince, Freddie, Lemmy, and Leonard Cohen. That's what heaven is all about right?