Submitted: 2017-04-26 13:33:06
Why did you join Chi Phi?
Initially I rushed because my roommate was and advised me that I could get free food on a Sunday night. I was in. I visited several house but immediately felt a connection with the brothers at Chi Phi.
With whom do you stay in contact?
We continue to have a group that stays in contact frequently, both in person -- tailgates yearly, birthday parties, travel, golf -- as well as group texts and emails. It includes Steve Marquardt, Monty Cornell, Barry Conybeare, Dave Marszalec, Dave Greeley, Eric Dobras, Jon Lawniczak, Brandon Lawniczak. In addition I stay in touch with my big brother, Mike Cramer, Jeff Velis
Did you live in the house?
If so, who were your room-mates? Tell us about a memorable time with them.
For 3 school years and 2 summers. My first roommate was Jim Goran for one semester before I switched to a first floor single (with Kip Owen and Bill Schultz next door, and Bill Elliott across the hall as I recall). The "old guys" showed me the ropes. Then it was Dave Greeley for the summer. Junior year it was Fuzz, Monty and I in the tacky triple. True story -- Fuzz never made it up into the loft bed during the year -- not once. Quite an accomplishment. After living in a house my senior year with the A Team (Cramer and his law school buddies -- and my roommate Monty), I come back to the house for my "plus" year (not fifth year; just 9 credits in the fall semester to graduate).
Can you tell us about your career?
After initially starting in the retail industry in management, I moved to Miami with my girlfriend (my wife of 24 years) and started with Stiefel Laboratories, Inc. (dermatology company). I worked in HR for much of my 20 years, as well as real estate, risk management and EH&S. After the company was acquired by GSK in 2009, I assisted with the integration before exiting at the end of 2010. I have been happily retired since.
Geographically, where are you now, and where have you been since leaving Ann Arbor?
After 25 years in Ann Arbor, I moved to Connecticut for a short period, then down to Miami for the last 27 years.
What do you miss about living in Ann Arbor?
I miss the people, the campus life, and the beautiful campus. I also miss the city as I grew up three miles from the Chi Phi house.
Like many, many other Chi Phi brothers, I also miss my brother Mitch. I frequently visit the house where we grew up and the tree our childhood friends planted in our back yard in his memory. I also visit the tree at the Presbyterian Church, next door to Chi Phi, where his ashes are buried.
Why is it important to you that Chi Phi remains at 1530 Washtenaw for years to come?
Beautiful house in the perfect location.