Q: What brought you to Prescott?
A: I was born in Prescott in 1966; my parents moved here in 1963 and had four children. I graduated from Prescott High School in 1984 and went on to the University of Arizona, graduating in 1988.
Q: How did you become interested in your career field?
A: I grew up working at the store with my dad; after school and at Christmastime. My duties were sweeping floors, answering phones. My degree was in business and my first job out of college was corporate retail management in Washington, D.C.
Q: What is the biggest challenge of your job?
A: Allowing my competent coworkers to do their job; I tend to micromanage too much. The staff frequently tells me to take the day off.
Q: What is the greatest reward of your job?
A: Our clients. I love getting to know them and their families. The personal connection is the key to our success for almost 60 years. It gives me a sense of belonging to this amazing community. We are very involved in the community and the connections we have made have been worth it all. I also have to say the staff at Raskin’s Jewelers is rewarding; the dedication they show every day.
Q: Where would you like to vacation next; why?
A: I am headed to California in August with our sons for our annual family trip. I am really looking forward to that.
Q: If you could have dinner with any three to five people (dead or alive), who would it be?
A: I would love to have dinner with my dad one more time; he passed away in June. I called him every day. Also, Getty Lee, lead singer for the rock band Rush; my two sons, Alex and Drew, and wife Renee. My grandma Pauline; one of my biggest cheerleaders in life.
Q: What is the last book you read and what did you enjoy about it most?
A: Dr. Laura’s book, Stupid Things Parents Do To Mess Up Their Kids. As I mentioned, I tend to be a micromanager. My new motto in life: Mind my own damn business. My sons are fine young men and can figure it out without my unsolicited advice.
Q: What is your favorite Prescott activity?
A: Without a doubt, mountain biking. I try to take full advantage of the trail systems and all Prescott has to offer.