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Rocco Basile

Rocco Basile

Rocco Basile is one of the most recent talents to rise in the photography field. Born and raised in New York, his life has been permeated with the diverse sights of the city. Having lived in almost all of the boroughs, Rocco Basile is no stranger to the most iconic scenes the city has to offer. He has utilized his knowledge to produce some of the best skyline and candid photos in America. However, the subject of his camera lens lies most notably on the rare and beautiful instances that evoke a story. As such, Rocco Basile can be more accurately seen as a story teller first and a photographer second.

What is your hobby?

My main hobby is photography. Specifically, I am perhaps most well known for my photojournalism. Although, I do other types of photography as well such as landscape, fine art, wildlife, and portrait photography.

How did you get started with this hobby? What inspired you?

 I think it is mostly thanks to my mom that I took up photography. Living in New York City, she always encouraged me to go out and immerse myself with my surroundings. I was especially drawn to walking into art galleries and museums. I began documenting my trips with my family’s camera because I wanted to share with my mom the daily adventures I had.

Tell us what you love about it.

What I love most about photography is the ability to capture the overlooked moments and see the influence it has on people. It really is a case of a picture being worth a thousand words. There is so much story and emotion packed into just the right shot.

Are there any groups you’re a part of or events that you attend related to your hobby?

Before I started my own studio, I used to quite frequently participate in film and photography festivals. I mostly attended the ones situated in New York and California. However, I have also received exposure abroad in festivals based in Asia.

Have you had to invest in equipment and if so, please share some of the things you’ve bought.

I have definitely had to invest in equipment for photography. People often think all I need is a camera, but there is a slew of gear that comes with it. I have bought countless batteries, tripods, and extremely pricey lenses. Beyond actual camera equipment is the need for editing software such as Adobe Photoshop.

Where do you buy most of your supplies?

Honestly, I find it more convenient these days to order online from stores such as B&H Photo Video. Back in my early years, I would purchase my required gear from stores locally. It is probably acquiring a sense of familiarity with the store owner and employees that I miss the most now.

Are there any good books for beginners?

It is difficult to recall them as I have read so many photography books. I would probably recommend Mastering Digital SLR Photography by David D. Busch for beginners. It contains some advanced material but nothing too daunting. If you want just the bare essentials starting from zero, I would say try Digital SLR Photography For Dummies.

How has this changed your life?

Photography has quite literally opened my eyes to the world for me, which has greatly changed my life. I have been fortunate enough to have my skills take me to places all over the world. My stay in Japan was a definite culture shock, but it is probably my favorite country I have been to.

What advice do you have for others starting out with this hobby?

I would advise beginners to not get caught up in the technical side of photography. It is way too overwhelming and it may even suck the satisfaction out of it. The one thing they should focus on is expressing themselves through photography. That is something I still carry on to this day. It is beneficial to apply this perspective as not only do they express who they are, they also learn more about their inner self.

Are there any other hobbies you have?

I do have a few other hobbies on the side that I enjoy. I do not consider myself a master at it, but I try to make time to continue landscape painting. The passion for it sort of carried over from my own landscape photographs. It started out as an attempt to see how the expression of myself can vary between two different mediums with the same subject matter. I also enjoy being outdoors to stay physically active such as biking and hiking. Though I believe it has become more of a lifestyle than a hobby.

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Narin Charan - Capital Alliance

Narin Charan – CEO of Capital Alliance

Born and raised in sunny California, Narin Charan is the CEO of Capital Alliance, a tech-enabled direct lender dedicated to providing simple, transparent solutions for small businesses to obtain capital.

After 10 years of service as CEO for Capital Alliance,  Narin Charan carries the same enthusiasm and passion for his work as the early days starting the company out of a 150 square foot office in Orange County, California. To date, Capital Alliance has deployed over $500 million to thousands of small businesses across the United States.

Outside of his work, Narin Charan is an avid Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioner and competitor.

 

What is your hobby?

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

 

How did you get started with this hobby? What inspired you?

Since a kid, I have always been intrigued with the idea of Bushido, or the Way of the Warrior. The ‘way’ emphasizes samurai values like mastery, honor and loyalty. Our co-founder introduced me to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu back during our cold calling days. What started as a hobby became a lifestyle.

 

Tell us what you love about it.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a game of submitting your opponent utilizing strategic positioning and leverage. Sounds uncannily similar to the business game, right? There are many parallels between combat and business – strategy, positioning, leverage, timing – the list goes on. The game unfolds at different cadences, but they are very similar.

 

Are there any groups you’re a part of or events that you attend related to your hobby?

The Brazilian Jiu Jitsu community in general is like no other. We typically promote healthy lifestyle, humility, and constant self-development. I have met some amazing people on the mat. There are also the inevitable bonds formed from sharing years of blood and sweat with your training partners.

 

Are there any good books for beginners?

A Book of Five Rings: The Classic Guide to Strategy by Miyamoto Musashi is an excellent book for anyone interested in martial arts or business strategy. Musashi believed martial arts involved a mastery of the mind rather than simply developing technical prowess.

 

How has this changed your life?

“There is nothing outside of yourself that can ever enable you to get better, stronger, richer, quicker, or smarter. Everything is within. Everything exists. Seek nothing outside of yourself.”

“Do not sleep under a roof. Carry no money or food. Go alone to places frightening to the common brand of men. Become a criminal of purpose. Be put in jail, and extricate yourself by your own wisdom.”

“There is timing in the whole life of the warrior, in his thriving and declining, in his harmony and discord. Similarly, there is timing in the Way of the merchant, in the rise and fall of capital. All things entail rising and falling timing. You must be able to discern this.”

 

Enough said.

 

What advice do you have for others starting out with this hobby?

Accept the fact that you will be dominated and beaten regularly during the beginning stages of your training. Embrace this as part of the process. Be patient and enjoy the journey.

 

Are there any other hobbies you have?

I love to experience nature with my kids. I also enjoy running, the Arts, and reading about Philosophy.

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Rachel Kugel

Rachel Kugel – Founder, The Kugel Law Firm

Rachel Kugel is a lawyer, entrepreneur, and mom living and working in NYC. She runs her own criminal defense law practice while raising two little girls. Originally from Las Vegas, Nevada Rachel headed back to the east coast for college and law school and settled in uptown Manhattan with her family.

What is your hobby?

Lately, my new hobby has been making videos and creating content for my websites, youtube, and media outlets that deliver information about the law that can help people when they need it most.

How did you get started with this hobby? What inspired you?

I am always looking for new ways to reach out to potential clients and people who need me as well as to comment on the legal stories in the news that people care about and that effect the lives of my clients.

Tell us what you love about it.

I love being able to connect directly with people and share my knowledge I also love the opportunity to have cool life experiences that arise from assisting the media and meet really interesting people in my field as well as outside of it.

Are there any groups you’re a part of or events that you attend related to your hobby?

I am active in many associations of criminal defense and DWI lawyers as well as lots of groups of working women in general who support each other and share experiences.

Have you had to invest in equipment and if so, please share some of the things you’ve bought.

Most of the videos I do myself I shoot with an iPhone I have invested in a Diva Ring Light because everyone was loving it online.

Where do you buy most of your supplies?

Online.

Are there any good books for beginners?

Youtube Video Marketing 2 (2016): A Beginners Guide To Video Marketing Domination – How To Create Your Videos for Maximum Effectiveness

How has this changed your life?

I had to really step out of my comfort zone and put myself out there which initially caused me a tremendous amount of fear. By busting through that boundary I’ve been able to increase my business, increase my confidence, and deliver valuable information to people who need it.

What advice do you have for others starting out with this hobby?

Your biggest hurdle will be your own fear of being seen and what others will think of you, when you bust through it you will be able to do anything!

Are there any other hobbies you have?

I am very active in my community particularly in our local school where I spend a lot of time involved with raising money and running a mock trial program for the 8th graders. In terms of entertainment, I am a big Howard Stern show fan.

You can follow Rachel via Facebook, BlogspotLinkedIn

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Founder Of The Goldilocks Foundation – Dr. Barry Friedberg, MD

Originally from southeastern Pennsylvania, Dr. Barry Friedberg has worked in freestanding surgery centers between 1986 and 1991. Since then, he has been a pioneering force in office-based anesthesia which began to take increasing importance in the early 1990s, especially for elective cosmetic surgery.

Friedberg created the non-profit Goldilocks Anesthesia Foundation to help create the force for change to get brain monitoring for major surgery under anesthesia as a standard of care. He also wrote ‘Getting Over Going Under, 5 things you must know before anesthesia’ to help patients ensure the use of the best available technology to avoid the rare death but all too common post-op brain fog.

What Is Your Hobby?

Trying to make other patients anesthesia experience better than the two dreadful ones I had prior to medical school. At 4, I had a tonsillectomy with open drop ether. It was like being smothered into unconsciousness with a pillow on one’s face. At 19, I had badly impacted third molars (so-called wisdom teeth) with a muscle relaxant that left me unable to breathe in the recovery room. That breathless sensation is not easily forgotten either.

Tell Us What You Love About It

Seeing the face of gratitude and amazement on my patients’ faces when they wake up realizing everything I told them preoperatively was true; namely, 1) you will not be over or under medicated and awaken mostly clear-headed and 2) we will not hurt you on the operating table. Today will not be the greatest day of pain from surgery. In about 12-24 hours your brain will realize it has been tricked during surgery but in that interval healing takes place.

Are There Any Groups You’re A Part Of Or Events That You Attend Related To Your Hobby?

I primarily go where my anesthesia teaching is more valued than by my anesthesia colleagues. That place would be the surgical meetings.

Have You Had To Invest In Equipment? If So, Please Share Some Of The Things You’ve Bought.

In 1978, I bought a Dinamap and separate printer. The DInamap was the tradename for the first commercially available automated blood pressure device. Those two devices provided me real time information during surgery wherein I was spending time pumping blood and fluids into patients whose clinical condition warranted that therapy to survive.

In 1998, I bought an Aspect Medical System bispectral (BIS) index brain monitor to measure patient response to propofol doses to protect patients from ketamine hallucinations. Ketamine allows the patient’s brain to be tricked by denying the brain the input of noxious painful signals like local anesthetic injection or skin incision.

Where Do You Buy Most Of Your Supplies?

I am very fortunate. My anesthesia supplies are purchased by the offices at which I provide anesthesia.

Are There Any Good Books For Beginners?

Beginners will profit by reading ‘Getting Over Going Under, 5 things you must know before anesthesia,’ available as a free download from www.goldilocksfoundation.org

How Has This Changed Your Life?

As a student of history, I have aspired to become a significant part of anesthesia history. With acknowledgments to both Virchow’s & Cushing’s Triads, I have advanced Friedberg’s Triad:

  • Measure the brain
  • Preempt the pain
  • Emetic drugs abstain

as an answer to the persistent anesthesia problems of over medication, postop pain, and postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV).

More than changing my life, this triad has changed my patients’ lives and the lives of other surgeons’ patients who I will never know. The change that I advocate for anesthesia care is like throwing a pebble into a pond. One never knows where the ripples will carry. Thanks to email, the internet & social media, I’ve already learned about some of those ripples that have reached around the world.

What Advice Do You Have For Others Starting Out With This Hobby?

Know that change is medicine is glacial. All people resist change. Physicians are notoriously resistant to change and anesthesiologists as a subset of physicians, are almost impossible to change. The hope I have for change is the public becoming aware of what the risks of major surgery under anesthesia WITHOUT a brain monitor are (i.e. 30% more drugs than needed with post opp brain fog, and rarely, even death) and knowing what to say when their anesthesiologist responds with ‘we don’t need a brain monitor.’ Prospective patients should answer. ‘With all due respect, it is not your needs I am concerned with. I have to live with the long-term consequences of your short-term anesthetic care.’ I liken this critical need for my anesthesia colleagues to change to that force for change which got fathers into delivery rooms to participate in the births of their children: public knowledge leading to public demand!

Are There Any Other Hobbies You Have?

Being the best husband and dad I can be as well as being the person my dog thinks I am.

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River Cohen

River Cohen

River Cohen, a longtime resident of Northern California, is the CEO of River Cohen Giving, an endeavor that has allowed the revered entrepreneur and philanthropist to promote and support a variety of charitable efforts addressing societal issues of great importance. Based out of Scottsdale, Arizona, River Cohen Giving has been instrumental in drawing attention to issues affecting people all over the United States and beyond. River, an award-winning entrepreneur, has always taken great pride in the fact that his professional efforts have been deeply rooted in a socially conscious philosophy. As a resident of the Bay Area, River, along with his wife and two daughters, enjoy a multitude of outdoor activities, including hiking, biking, and swimming.

 

What is your hobby?

I’m interested in anything that encourages interaction with nature, so my family and I love to go for long hikes and bike rides whenever we are able.

 

How did you get started with this hobby? What inspired you?

Northern California is redolent with natural beauty, and it almost feels as though nature is quietly calling to you at all times.

 

Tell us what you love about it.

There is something uniquely satisfying about climbing to the highest peak possible and seeing how different everything appears from that particular perspective. The way back down, especially on a mountain bike, is also quite a rewarding experience.

 

Are there any groups you’re a part of or events that you attend related to your hobby?

I have to travel a lot, so my wife and kids are the core group I typically hike or bike with.

 

Have you had to invest in equipment and if so, please share some of the things you’ve bought.

I enjoy tinkering with my mountain bike, so I’ve had the same frame for quite some time and have replaced most of the other components at one time or another. The most recent purchase was a new pair of shocks.

 

Where do you buy most of your supplies?

There is a great bike store near Mount Tamalpais, so I try to buy most of my supplies from there.

 

Are there any good books for beginners?

I’ve recommended “The Mountain Biker’s Training Bible” on several occasions.

 

How has this changed your life?

Hiking and biking are the perfect activities for those who wish to spend more time connecting with nature, although the pace of that interaction differs quite a bit between hiking and biking.

 

What advice do you have for others starting out with this hobby?

It’s important to recognize your limitations. Therefore, it is always better to err on the side of caution when it comes to the degree of difficulty associated with a hiking trail or mountain bike trail.

 

Are there any other hobbies you have?

I’ve always enjoyed swimming and have become even more interested in yoga recently.

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Ian Filippini

Ian Filippini

Ian Filippini, Santa Barbara native, is the president of Filippini Wealth Management, an independent wealth management firm offering clients comprehensive financial planning services. The company, which is based out of Santa Barbara, California, specializes in services pertaining to real estate, insurance, tax planning, and estate planning — along with a host of other services designed to create a convenient full-service option for its clients.

Filippini, has served as the president of Filippini Wealth Management for many years. Outside of his professional responsibilities, Filippini spends time in and around Santa Barbara.

 

What is your hobby?

Although I don’t have the time for it as I once did, I enjoyed playing golf in my youth.

 

How did you get started with this hobby? What inspired you?

I learned to play at a very young age and was quite fortunate to live in such close proximity to Pebble Beach.

 

Tell us what you love about it.

I love the humility the game instills in you as well as the instant camaraderie that exists among all golfers regardless of skill level.

 

Are there any groups you’re a part of or events that you attend related to your hobby?

It’s not that often that I am able to play, but I competed in a few youth tournaments here and there back in the day.

 

Have you had to invest in equipment and if so, please share some of the things you’ve bought.

A set of golf clubs is an obvious prerequisite, and I am quite pleased to report that the set of Miura blades I bought so many years ago still has plenty of life in it.

 

Where do you buy most of your supplies?

I rarely need to stock up on golf balls and tees, and anything I might need before a round is typically available in the pro shop.

 

Are there any good books for beginners?

I highly recommend that all golfers — beginning and experienced players alike — read or re-read “Ben Hogan’s Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf.” The illustrations are beautifully done and so many golfers can benefit from something as simple as adopting the proper grip.

 

How has this changed your life?

Since I played so often during my youth, I learned some critical life lessons that I continue to apply to this day. Golf repeatedly reinforces the importance of hard work, consistency, patience, and humility, among many other qualities that are beneficial in any endeavor.

 

What advice do you have for others starting out with this hobby?

Swing mechanics are important, but the mental side of the game is of equal importance and usually deserves greater attention from most golfers — especially beginners.

 

Are there any other hobbies you have?

I don’t have much time for my hobbies, but I do enjoy all the hiking trails that so perfectly showcase the natural beauty of the Santa Barbara region.

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Janet Sirmon Hobby Jam

Janet Sirmon

Recognized by her peers as one of the industry’s most knowledgeable fine art photography dealers, Janet Sirmon, the owner of Janet Sirmon Fine Art Gallery, has spent several decades serving a distinguished and discerning client base of museum curators and private collectors. Janet, an alumnus of the famed Pratt Institute, is known for her expertise across the full spectrum of the photography medium, especially with regard to the Czech artists of the 1920s through the 1940s. On the occasions in which the gallery does not demand her immediate attention, Janet enjoys pursuing several hobbies and holds yoga and running in particularly high esteem.

 

What is your hobby?

Obviously, I am deeply passionate about photography, but I also enjoy running and engage in yoga practice on a regular basis.

How did you get started with this hobby? What inspired you?

I started running when I was a teenager. Growing up my family was always physically active – it’s just part of who I am.

Tell us what you love about it.

In addition to the mental, physical, and spiritual health benefits, I love that running and yoga seem to complement each other so perfectly. Running encourages creative thought and makes it possible to move through space in such a natural way, while yoga encourages a deep, calming kind of inner reflection.

Are there any groups you’re a part of or events that you attend related to your hobby?

Yoga and running are both quite popular throughout Los Angeles, so I attend a yoga studio in my neighborhood and am part of a running group that meets up every weekend.

Have you had to invest in equipment and if so, please share some of the things you’ve bought.

Just running shoes and a yoga mat! I should have mentioned how much I appreciate the

simplicity of both pursuits.

Where do you buy most of your supplies?

There is a running-specific shoe store nearby, and I try to change out my shoes every 200-300 miles. The yoga mat is a bit more durable, but if I ever need to make a change my yoga studio has new ones available.

Are there any good books for beginners?

“Zen and the Art of Running” is a good one for beginners.

How has this changed your life?

Since I’ve been running and practicing yoga on a consistent basis, I’ve felt incredibly energized each and every day.

What advice do you have for others starting out with this hobby?

Build up mileage slowly to prevent injury, and take along a buddy!

Are there any other hobbies you have?

Skiing and golf. The great thing about Southern California is that during the winter months you could conceivably do both in one day

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Mindstir Media Owner J.J. Hebert

J.J. Hebert is a renowned self-publishing and book marketing expert and also the owner and founder of MindStir Media. Launched in 2009, MindStir Media has published hundreds of books for authors throughout the United States and abroad. J.J. oversees the publication of every Mindstir Media published book and also offers mentoring to Mindstir authors. He’s known in the industry as the “Self-Publishing Guru” and spends a great deal of his time educating aspiring authors through his self-publishing and book marketing blogs as well as social media platforms such as Facebook, where he has built active online communities.

What is your hobby?

I have several, but the most full-blown hobby I have nowadays is probably watching NBA basketball, specifically the Boston Celtics. I watch pretty much every game each season, and there are 82 of them in the regular season, so there is quite a large investment of time there. I was actually at TD Garden a few weeks ago when Isaiah Thomas scored his career-high 52 points and broke several franchise records including most points in a 4th quarter.

How did you get started with this hobby? What inspired you?

I’ve always watched the Celtics as long as I can remember but I didn’t seriously get into it until around the 2007-2008 season when the Celtics acquired Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett and ended up winning the championship. I still believe the Celtics can get back to being a championship level team and that has driven and inspired me to continue watching.

Tell us what you love about it.

With Brad Stevens as its coach, the Celtics are a very fast-paced team and a lot of fun to watch. They are one of the more dynamic scoring teams in the league and they all have a lot of heart. I also get the sense that most of the players on the Celtics are underdogs in a way and they play with a chip on their shoulders, so it’s also fun to watch them in that regard. And basketball in general is a love of mine. Tons of scoring and action all crammed into a 48-minute game.

Are there any groups you are part of or events that you attend related to your hobby?

I read and take part in several Celtics blogs online. There are many online forums where one can communicate with other like-minded fans. I also try to attend as many games as possible each year. I live in southern New Hampshire, so traveling to TD Garden in Boston is less than an hour.

Have you had to invest in equipment and if so, please share some of the things you bought.

Throughout the years, I have bought truckloads of Celtics apparel and memorabilia. I probably have a Celtics shirt for every day of the week until the end of time. Of course, a slight exaggeration… I also have a basketball signed by the 2008 world champion Celtics team and a plethora of other Celtics related memorabilia. Another investment would definitely be tickets to the games that I attend. They don’t come cheap these days.

Where do you buy most of your supplies?

I always buy my tickets online. The memorabilia I purchase mainly at a local sports card and memorabilia shop. eBay can also be helpful sometimes when I’m trying to track down a rare item.

Are there any good books for beginners?

Well, as you know I’m a book guy. The company I run, MindStir Media, is a well-known book publishing company on the East Coast. So my knowledge of books is somewhat vast. I would say there are a handful of vital Celtics books that every Celtics fan should read. Couple of my favorites are Rise of a Dynasty as well as The Last Banner.

How has this changed your life?

I think it’s always important to get involved in something bigger than yourself. Boston Celtics have a huge fan base and a bit of a cult following. Being a Boston Celtics fan has definitely enriched my life.

What advice do you have for others starting out with this hobby?

Definitely do your research. Learn about the history of the Boston Celtics. They have won 17 world championships and are the most winningest franchise in sports history. Understanding the history will allow you to enjoy the present game that much more.

Are there any other hobbies you have?

As the owner and president of MindStir Media, I do a lot of reading. Most of it is a lot of fun and I do consider it a hobby as I do a lot of reading outside of business hours. My favorite author is probably J. K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter series. She played a pivotal role in inspiring me to write a book of my own. I also thoroughly enjoy movies and TV shows.

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Hamish McLaren

Hamish McLaren

After achieving remarkable success across a number of entrepreneurial endeavors, Hamish McLaren believes that the time has come to focus his attention on helping others build successful businesses of their own. This belief ultimately inspired Mr. McLaren to found McLaren & Associates Consulting, a firm dedicated to supporting and guiding aspiring entrepreneurs as they pursue the kind of unique and innovative ideas that were so central to McLaren’s own success. With his principal focus centered around his new consulting firm, Hamish McLaren is still able to vigorously pursue his longtime hobby and can often be found conducting business out on the golf course.

What is your hobby?

Although there are many days when it feels more like a blessing or a curse than a simple hobby, golf often dominates my free time.

How did you get started with this hobby? What inspired you?

A number of my classmates already played golf, so I started playing while attending Notre Dame. At first, I thought it would be good for business, but it ultimately became a pursuit I deeply enjoy for reasons outside of business.

Tell us what you love about it.

There are many days in which I meet with clients and discuss business strategy while playing 18 holes, and I love the fact that it is one of the few games in which this is an acceptable practice.

Are there any groups you’re a part of or events that you attend related to your hobby?

I’m a member at two private courses and also meet up with a few other groups on a regular basis for competitive rounds.

Have you had to invest in equipment and if so, please share some of the things you’ve bought.

Yes, one of the golf’s great curses is that it is so easy to endlessly tinker with your clubs until they are just right. I’ve bought club-making equipment, used club components, and have far too many shaft options to choose from.

Where do you buy most of your supplies?

The group I play with on a regular basis is made up of individuals with similar tinkering habits, so we will trade clubs and other supplies with each other whenever possible. Otherwise, there is the pro shop as well as a few online forums with healthy classified sections that are just loaded with all kinds of different options.

Are there any good books for beginners?

The USGA’s “Rules of Golf,” should be in the bag of every beginning golfer. For instructional advice, I believe in-person lessons are best for a beginner who wants to make quick progress.

How has this changed your life?

Golf has made sure that I have access to an impressive office or conference room wherever I happen to be. I have held some of my most productive meetings on some of the world’s greatest courses, all while playing a game I deeply enjoy.

What advice do you have for others starting out with this hobby?

Learn to be patient, and take great care to abide by the rules of etiquette each time you play.

Are there any other hobbies you have?

Yes, I also enjoy sailing as well as the occasional fishing trip.

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Phillip Brenner Hobby Jam

Phillip Brenner

With more than 22 years of experience in the field of urology, Dr. Phillip Brenner has remained at the forefront of innovation within his profession and has utilized his prodigious insight and expertise to assist patients in need of treatment for urological cancers. Dr. Brenner, who was previously the head of the urology unit at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney, New South Wales, specializes in treating prostate and kidney cancers and has performed over 1,000 open radical prostatectomies and 750 laparoscopic procedures. Trained at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Dr. Brenner possesses an international reputation as a thoughtful surgeon whose foremost concern is always with the wellbeing of the patient.

What is your hobby?

I enjoy the outdoors, so my main hobbies are sailing, skiing, and tennis. 

How did you get started with this hobby? What inspired you?

I’ve always enjoyed physical activity, and skiing has always held a unique appeal for me since I also enjoy watching professional snow sports. I started skiing young and have enjoyed it ever since.  

Tell us what you love about it.

For skiing, I love that I can cover so much ground and see so much of a particular location in a single day, all while staying healthy and fit.

Are there any groups you’re a part of or events that you attend related to your hobby?

Yes, there are a few groups I am a part of. There are group ski trips that are scheduled throughout the winter. 

Have you had to invest in equipment and if so, please share some of the things you’ve bought.

The skis themselves were the biggest expense, but I also have some gear.

Where do you buy most of your supplies?

A married couple I ski with on the weekends owns a ski shop in Sydney, so I always get all of my supplies from them, even if it means waiting for a special order to come in.

Are there any good books for beginners?

This is a great list of books to get the beginner and seasoned skiier alike, excited about the sport.

How has this changed your life?

Skiing has made my life better in so many ways. I find the act of skiing to be quite relaxing, but it is also a great endurance workout that helps me stay fit. As if that were not enough, the social component has also been quite rewarding.

What advice do you have for others starting out with this hobby?

For all sport hobbies, it is easy to go overboard on equipment that you might not need for a while — or perhaps at all — so my suggestion is to slowly add equipment according to need as you begin to become more serious about your choice of hobby.

 

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