About Me

About Me

I grew up outside of Chicago but have spent more than a third of my life in Madison. Until joining Restaino & Associates, I spent over 13 years in senior managerial roles in research institutes at the UW-Madison and Duke University. Prior to my work in higher education I served in programming, curatorial, fundraising, and management roles in cultural organizations such as Washington Project for the Arts, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, and the Pittsburgh Symphony. But I’ve always had an abiding interest in Real Estate field. When the opportunity arose, I jumped at the chance to change the course of my career. I really love what I do.

I have a Master’s in Public Administration from Carnegie-Mellon University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from UW-Madison. My education is a combination of right-brain and left-brain training which has enabled me to develop strong contractual, financial, and negotiation skills, alongside a keen sense for design, high standards for construction and condition, an eye for assessing the fit and finish of a home, and the imagination to envision what a home might become with the right planning and design.

As a musician and record collector, music is at the center of my life. Duke Ellington once said that “there are only two kinds of music: good music and the other kind,” and I try to follow his lead by constantly seeking out new and challenging sounds. My wife and I also collect mid-century furniture, design objects, and contemporary art, and I’m fascinated by architectural history: as a Realtor I often have the privilege of experiencing first-hand the work of many of our region’s most amazing architects.

Our family lives on Madison’s east side. I serve on the Board of Directors at Arts + Literature Laboratory, and the Community Advisory Committee of the Willy Street Chamber Players, two small but exciting and up-and-coming arts organizations that are transforming the cultural landscape of our community. I’m also an active advocate for public schools, teachers, and higher education.