Title: head collaborator, Richmond office of Stephen Gould Corp., a national company specializing in product packaging and point-of-purchase displays

Born: 1971

Education: bachelor of science in speech and dramatic arts/minor in marketing, Dowling College, Oakdale, N.Y., 1994; associate’s degree in theater arts from Suffolk Community College

Career: Stephen Gould Corp., head collaborator in the Richmond office, 2008-present; Stephen Gould Corp., Maryland sales executive, 1999-2008; assistant county executive, Hauppauge office, Suffolk County, N.Y., 1997-99; various professional theater and stage roles from 1994-present but most active from 1994-97 (roles included the Lion in a national tour of “The Wizard of Oz,” Sancho in “Man of La Mancha” and Nathan in “Guys and Dolls,” lead background singer for Rosemary Clooney, self-directed and toured in an Elvis tribute show)

In which part of the metro area do you live: Midlothian in Chesterfield County

Best business decision: “While on a national tour of ‘The Wizard of Oz,’ I had a layover in Dallas, Texas. I took the time to visit my cousin. At this time, I met a gentleman who physically threw his card at me and said, ‘Call me when you decide to stop playing a clown around the world.’ I held that card for a few years and then made that phone call in 1999. That evolved to today.”

Mistake you learned the most from: “Hiring a friend and trusting them with what I spent the better half of 20 years building. Always follow your gut.”

First job after college: played the Lion in a national tour of “The Wizard of Oz”

If you had to do it all over again, what would you do differently: “I lost my father unexpectedly when I was 25. After that, outside of some regional theater, I rarely stepped back on the professional stage. If I could go back, I would have given myself the time to rise above it and perform professionally on Broadway.”

Book/movie that inspired you the most: “My favorite book is ‘The Greatest Generation,’ by Tom Brokaw. It inspired me to really understand our parents and grandparents and the sacrifices they made for the world we live in today. They defined hard work and patriotism. ‘The Bronx Tale’ is the movie that inspires me. The famous line from that great film — ‘The saddest thing in life is wasted talent’ — reminds me of growing up Italian-American in New York and trying to live my life to its fullest always.”

Favorite song: “My Way”

Favorite/least favorite subject in school: Favorite: music and voice; least favorite: science.

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