Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, AARP
Favorite class at VSB and why?
At one point during my time at Villanova, I took a class on Logic. The class taught me how to think logically, systematically and better understand cause and effect. Although I didn’t recognize it at the time, I believe this class was fundamental in teaching me how to process information, hone my analytical skills and better appreciate the complexity of language.
Most important thing you learned?
The Villanova education provided me with a solid foundation for the technical aspects of my career but equally if not more important, it taught how to think critically beyond just the accounting discipline. I truly believe this has allowed me to leverage my experience in traditional accounting and finance roles into more strategic opportunities.
Favorite Villanova memory?
My favorite memory goes back to the first Villanova men’s basketball game that I attended in my freshman year. It was my first experience being part of big-time Division 1 athletic event. The electricity in the DuPont Pavilion is something that I will never forget.
What are you currently reading?
Company Commander: The Classic Infantry Memoir of World War II by Charles B. MacDonald. It is the true story of an army captain’s first combat experience in WW II during the famous Battle of the Bulge. I always find it fascinating to learn how ordinary people respond when thrust into extraordinary circumstances.