Young Leaders Spotlight
Favorite Lunch Spot: Restore Cold Pressed, TownHall, or Herb-N-Twine
Favorite Local Restaurant: Fahrenheit, Trentina, or The Capital Grille
Favorite Radio Station: Who listens to the radio? Spotify!
Favorite TV Show: 60 Minutes or Modern Family
Favorite Sports Team: The Ohio State University Buckeyes or The Cleveland Indians
Favorite Hangout: Mix at CMA, Society Lounge, Hoopples, or Porco Lounge & Tiki Room
Born and raised Clevelander. I originally attended Southern Illinois University before transferring to Wagner College. I was fortunate enough play football on the Salukis 2008 MVFC Championship Team and the Seahawks 2012 NEC Championship Team that earned berths to the NCAA Division I FCS Playoffs. I obtained my Master’s from Manhattan College and departed New York to accept a job at Oswald Companies where my team works with company executives and advisors to effectively manage corporate risk. I live, work and play downtown. In my spare time I enjoy traveling, trying new restaurants and working out.
Why did you get involved with Young Leaders and United Way?
I have always had a deep admiration for United Way and am fortunate enough to share a relationship with current Chairman of the Board, Marc S. Byrnes and former Young Leaders Chair, Carmen Edgehouse. After touching base with Marc & Carmen and spending some time around them, it became evident that Young Leaders was a perfect fit for community involvement. I’ve also gotten the opportunity to lead Oswald’s Corporate Campaign that has raised over $230,000 for United Way since I started a year and a half ago. It has been and continues to be a rewarding experience thanks to the help of those around us.
In your opinion, what makes Cleveland a good city for young professionals?
It’s no secret that Cleveland is in the midst of a rust belt renaissance. Speak with any Forest City millennial and you’ll get an overwhelming sense of pride in where we come from. The face of the city is changing, the skyline is bigger and the lights are brighter. Look no further than the development we’ve seen in Tremont, Ohio City, East 4th Street, The Warehouse District, The Flats East Bank, Gordon Square, and Uptown near University Circle as proof of that. Since 2000, Cleveland has experienced a double-digit percentage increase in residents with bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees. We have ten Fortune 500 Companies in the area, an unbeatable cost of living, breezy commute times, hundreds of thousands of acres of parkland, and a diverse population. Couple that with a thriving culinary scene, the largest performing arts center in the country outside of NYC, one of the top-five orchestras in the U.S., world-class cultural centers and healthcare, three professional sports organizations, and our position along Lake Erie, Cleveland is worth a look.
Share your favorite Cleveland spot?
Hands down the Westside Market! It’s a utopia of decadence that embodies the best things about Cleveland; food, diversity, value, and familiarity. It’s been featured in every food show and publication imaginable. It also doesn’t matter if you’re a vegan, pescatarian, or a meat and potatoes type of person because no matter what, they have it in spades there.
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