We're continuing our Board profile series this week
with Past President Michael Gutenstein!
I was born in NYC and grew up in Ridgewood NJ. Elaine and I moved to Atlanta because of a fully paid transfer in 1988. I have had a varied career. I have been a newspaper boy back in the stone age, pumped gas through school, worked in a coin auction business, as a computer programmer for a major bank, oil and gas company, medical billing companies, several hospitals and auto insurance companies, ran a small personal chef business, and finally work a technical project manager for a medical transcription company. I am currently retired and working on money management
and with charitable organization like CNT.
I have been inspired by the examples set by my parents
to live by a few simple rules:
* Live within your means
* Lead by example - don't ask anyone to do something
you aren't prepared to do yourself
* Give back with time and money -
The only real problems can't be solved with money, so give people a hand up when you can
* Don't make promises you can't keep
How do you spend your free time?
I love cooking. I love to try new recipes and trying to create new dish by raiding the refrigerator. I am a avid cyclist riding in many charity events in Georgia. My goal this year is to ride 2000 miles. My guilty pleasure is Marvel comic books and movies. I have been reading and following them since I was a kid and just never grew out of it. However, at the end of the day, my favorite thing to do is spend time with my family.
What's your favorite dish to eat?
Anything with chocolate, but no coffee.
What are three things on your bucket list?
Completie the Georgia 6-Gap bike ride
Visit every state ( I have been to 39 so far)
Be on a TV game show
What's your favorite music to listen to?
Anything but disco, country, and western
If you could choose any one or two famous people
to have dinner with, who would it be and why?
Dead - George Carlin and Robert Heinlein: two
of the greatest philosophers I have ever read
Living - Jim Collins and Warren Buffett: to discover
how to learn with preconception getting in the way.