Q: When did you attend Hillel Academy?
Q: Share a favorite memory or two with our readers?
A: One of my favorite memories is performing Fiddler on the Roof in the lunchroom auditorium on the stage. It's still one of my favorite musicals and I can recite every word.
Q: What organizations are you currently involved in?
A: I am an active member and board member of Temple Sinai.
Q: How do you earn a living?
A: I am VP of Client Services and Marketing for Novum Pharmaceutical Research Services.
Q: How did Hillel Academy prepare you for the future?
A: It may sound silly, but I really learned what it meant to be a Jew at Hillel-davening, Chumash, History, Holocaust and so much more.
Q: Please share some information about your family with our readers.
A: I've been married for almost 20 years to Gary and we have one son who is 12 1/2, Mitchell.
Q: Hillel Trivia - How many parking spaces in the lot?
A: There's a parking lot? I thought it was a playground.
Q: Who was your first Hillel teacher?
A: I think it was Ms. Hodil?
Q: What was your favorite class?
A: Mrs. Weiss' English class
Q: Did you have a favorite teacher? Who was it and why?
A: Mrs. Weiss. She understood me, challenged me and to this day, I light up when I see her. True story...we had to read Catcher in the Rye. I really didn't like it and couldn't get through it. I told her that I just couldn't read it. So she made me write a book report on why I didn't like Catcher in the Rye.
Q: Most interesting person in your contacts?
A: Les Wexner-a philanthropist, a savvy businessman, a leader in all ways.
Q: Share something with our students you wish someone had told you when you were in school?
A: The friends you make when you're young are some of the ones you'll remember most fondly; try to stay connected.
Q: Can you offer our students some career advice?
A: Advice? I'm the advice macher. Always be challenged and open to learning new things. Be a team player-wear the company hat. And take accountability for your actions. And if you don't like what you do, fine something else. I am proof that skills are transferable.
Q: What's your favorite part of Pittsburgh?
A: The fact that it's a fairly small community that offers things that big cities offer...culture, sports, restaurants, education, and more. And the people are nice!
Q: Can you share more about the responsibilities your job entails?
A: I make sure that our clients are happy all the time and work to develop new client relationships while leading a team of project managers at our four sites that manage all of our studies and handle all communications between Novum and the client. I also am in charge of marketing for Novum which entails both recruiting research participants and corporate marketing. We have quite a few Israeli company clients so I'm hoping my travel takes me there in 2015.
Q: What's the secret to early morning JCC workouts?
A: Motivation. I like to eat and don't want to give it up. Besides, I'd never do it at the end of the day. I must admit that more sleep would be helpful!
Q: Vail in the winter or Summer?
Q: Spring training or regular season?
A: Regular season
Q: Hot dogs or Hamburgers?
Q: Zappos or Amazon?
A: It's all shopping-Zappos is personal; Amazon for others.
Q: Brushed Steel appliances or black?
A: Brushed Steel (I'm a Pittsburgher)
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