Chief Operating Officer, Freedom Energy Logistics
Family: Married with two small girls, ages 5 and 2
High school: Portsmouth Abbey School
College/post grad degrees: Bates College B.A., Northeastern School of Law J.D.
What is the best career advice you ever received?
Make yourself indispensable.
Why did you choose your profession?
I graduated from law school in 2008, just as the recession hit. I took a position with Freedom doing energy sales and contracts to hold me over until law firms began hiring again and ended up loving the job and staying.
What motivates you to give back to your community?
New Hampshire is the “Live Free or Die” state with a rich tradition of individual liberty, personal responsibility and economic opportunity. There’s no place like it in all of the Northeast, but we have to work hard to keep it that way and I want to continue to contribute to that effort.
What advice would you give your 22-year-old self?
There’s A LOT of advice that my 22-year-old-self could have benefitted from, but I think the best advice I could have received would be to rethink law school, especially given the size of the student loans I took out. I was extremely naïve about the burdens of student loan debt and not particularly passionate about the law. Everything worked out in the end and I’ve benefitted from my law degree, but it was not worth the financial strain that it put me through in my 20s and early 30s.
What would make New Hampshire more attractive to young professionals?
I think New Hampshire will always struggle to maintain/attract young professionals with Boston only 45 minutes south of the border. The fact is that the Boston market offers some of the best universities and employers in the world, coupled with higher wages, better night life and the most successful professional sports teams in the country. New Hampshire needs to market itself as something different (lower cost of living, better work/life balance, endless natural beauty, no traffic, great skiing and some of the best towns in the country to raise a family) and not try and compete on Boston’s playing field, and I think we’ve been doing much better at that.
What would you like to be doing when you’re 40?
Seeing as I am already barreling towards 38, there isn’t much time left on the clock. But I love my job and the people I work with, so I’d be very happy to still be at Freedom.
Volunteer activities: Board of Directors, Granite Group; Advisory Board, Children’s Scholarship Fund NH; two-term New Hampshire State Representative; and my firm is very active in Stay Work Play.
Last major achievement: My energy firm made the INC 5000 for the second consecutive year in 2018.