Business Computer Information Systems major, class of '05
Why did you decide to attend Hofstra?
I wanted to come to Hofstra since I was a little kid. My high school had a good lacrosse team and the championship was always played here. I was just mesmerized. I just liked Hofstra.
Why did you choose business computer information systems as a major?
I always had a big interest in computers, but I also loved business and management. I didn't want to be pigeon holed into just working with computers so I figured BCIS would be perfect for me.
What is your favorite memory of Hofstra?
I loved the social aspect. Being able to walk into the cafeteria, know that a bunch of my friends were going to be there and just having people to hang out with all of the time.
What lessons did you learn while at Hofstra?
Most of my professors were very hands-off. They didn't ask, "Did you do your homework? Did you write that paper?" It was more like, here's your assignment, and whether or not you do it is up to you.
That's very similar to what it's like in my field. I have projects and there's no one standing over my shoulder telling me how many hours to work on the project and when to take lunch. The focus is more about getting the project completed quickly and efficiently.
How did you transition into the marketing field?
I work in marketing for the State Bank of Long Island, focusing on a lot of product development, product roll outs and supporting the roll outs with marketing and advertising. Having a background in BCIS is very helpful since I handle market research and statistics. I like being the guy that solves puzzles through data analysis.
When did you realize that you were a musician in the making?
When I was in elementary school the teacher asked all of the students what they want to be when they grow up. Most of the students said president, fireman, doctor or a lawyer. At ten years old I was the only person that said rock star. I will always remember that even back then I was drawn to music. It just fit my personality perfectly.
How was your first band created?
I got a few friends together who played instruments. It started as something to do for fun but when we started getting good we realized that we could do more with it.
What do you enjoy most about being on tour?
The overall vibe is most exciting. The newness of every day, every morning you wake up to new discoveries. I like being able to create something that translates into meaning for someone else. Being on stage and having people sing along to the song that I wrote is the most amazing feeling in the world.
How do you balance the band and banking?
When I walk into work I'm in banker mode and I'm focused on what I need to do there. Then the second I step out of the bank and into the studio I'm in musician mode. I learned early how to flip the switch back and forth.
What is the best advice you've received from a professor?
A management professor explained to us that it's not about having straight A's but it's about being ambitious and having a passion for what you do. He pretty much said you have to capitalize on your strengths and conceal your weaknesses. If you want something bad enough you can do anything.