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My self-summary
A transplant from Montreal, I came here about six years ago to make my mark in finance. I came with nothing in front of me but everything ahead of me. Somehow I managed to find the most unique, well-fitting job I could possibly get at a time when the world economy seemed to be collapsing. Since then, I haven't looked back and each day I think about how to make my job and the industry I care about even better than it was before. If you happen to get to know me, you'll find my job (or the stuff associated with it) is a strong part of my identity.

I am blessed with many good friends, some very close, and a happy and healthy family back home in Montreal that cares to call me on a regular basis (and vice versa). But, I have long been lacking what some might call a proper girlfriend and someone I could imagine spending my life with. I guess that's why I'm here.

I love meeting new people and have enjoyed the company of many of those I have met in the years I have been in this city. But, I think I can speak for many to say that there is a certain loneliness in the crowd, especially if you're convinced by experience that the crowd thinks and lives very different from you. I grew up in a way that gave me a mindset and personality one part traditional, one part radical, all parts a little off the beaten path but always everyday upbeat and optimistic. At work and elsewhere, they call me a character. If there's something in this description that speaks to you or intrigues the living daylights out of you, then I challenge you to message me. Maybe, out in the crowd, we're the ones we've been looking for?
What I’m doing with my life
Investment banking to the satellite, telecom and space industries. You'll either think it's cool, perplexing or possibly over your head. It's fun, exciting, engaging and occupies far fewer of my waking hours than most other banking and finance jobs in this city.

Otherwise, I'm hanging out in Manhattan, going to dinners, entrepreneurship/finance events, socials and a wide variety of Manhattany-type things. Occasionally, I'll go on an out of town trip, like to Boston, London, Silicon Valley or, several times a year, to visit the folks back in Montreal.
I’m really good at
Writing. Rather unusual from such a techy person, but I came to appreciate the turn of the phrase and the bon mot so I got to appreciate fine writing. I don't actually write all that much - certainly not novels or anything - but I do write articles for my company's newsletter, where I usually let loose on a topic with ample historical references and literary flourishes.
The first things people usually notice about me
Tallness. Also my cheerfulness.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Nowadays, usually books on business or the markets, such as most books by Michael Lewis (Liar's Poker, The Big Short) or about the financial crisis. Other favourites include mathematical books like the many great works of Martin Gardner, books on science, Sherlock Holmes, works of Arthur C. Clarke and others. Also appreciate great works of history. One of my favourite reads was the complete text of Edward Gibbons' The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.

Movies: Never really had many favourite movies. I found a lot of them good. A few that stood over time: The Man Who Would be King, The Grand Budapest Hotel, American Hustle, Life of Pi, Awakenings, Lawrence of Arabia, A Bridge Too Far, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Catch Me If You Can, Joe versus the Volcano, What About Bob?, Ghostbusters, the Back to the Future trilogy, the various Star Trek movies, Spaceballs, The Rock, Memento. I'm sure I can think of others.

Shows: Boston Legal and West Wing (the earlier seasons), Star Trek (all series) have been some of my no-miss television in recent history. Lately, my meager TV watching has included Saturday Night Live, Pawn Stars, the Daily Show (the comedy is superior even if the politics aren't my cup of tea), CNBC, Futurama, Family Guy and shows about catastrophic weather.

Music: There was a time when I probably would have said classical music, but I've gotten beyond that. No real favourites hear as I never became a music connaisseur but I've become fond of lots of classic rock and many of the hits from the last 30 years. There is truly nothing like driving down the highway with good upbeat music blaring away on the stereo.

Food: Good sandwiches, good salmon, good meatloaf, good apple pie, good macaroni and cheese, good chicken soup with matzoh balls, good knishes. Really, I'm not much of a snob except when I'm tasting whiskey at the airport duty-free shop.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
I think about lots of things, like history, transportation systems, venture capital, new technologies, Canada and hockey, but tend to get asked about and roped into discussions at parties about space travel and satellites because of what I do and people seem to be endlessly fascinated about that.
On a typical Friday night I am
Although not greatly observant, I grew up with a lot of tradition, including Shabbos dinner every single week. Even after I moved to different cities, I continued to maintain that as best as I can. Going out and partying is just not my style most of the time but I have been known to mix it up on occasion.
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