Hey guys, I'm Mike. My background is pretty diverse, so I figured I'd share a little about where I came from and where I am now.
I was born and raised in NJ in an Italian/Puerto Rican/American household with 5 siblings (all but one of us born one year apart). My dad is a retired college professor and my mom is an RN (with about 40 years experience) - and I'm a recruiter who takes an educational/informative/compassionate approach to my dealings with others. Strange how everything works out, huh?
I love to travel - solo or with friends/family! I moved to AZ in my early 20s and fell for the beauty of Tucson's desert landscape, then to Nevada for work, then to California for love. I've traveled all around the U.S., Europe and Central America, and speak pretty decent German ("Why German, Mike?" - ask me!). I love connecting with new people, new cultures and walking through places with an open mind and a sense of wonder.
We are in the business of serving others, so I thought I'd share this quote that resonates: "To make life a little better for people less fortunate than you, that's what I think a meaningful life is. One lives not just for oneself but for one's community." - Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Why I love recruiting...
You know, my high school guidance counselor didn't really talk about "recruiting" as a career path, but I feel like I was made for this! I get to meet new people whose profession I greatly respect (my mom is an RN, too), talk about and share experiences, solve problems, handle business in a complex industry, and still have fun doing it. Plus, the company I work with is second to none when it comes to doing right by our travelers!
When I'm not working, I love to...
Time with family is most important to me. I love to play guitar, drums, watch movies/TV, plays some video games (into the retro stuff mostly), read primarily fiction (currently reading "A Wild Sheep Chase" by Haruki Murakami - soooo goood!), work out at the gym (preferably with people - darn you, COVID!), cycling, rollerblading, et al.