Close of Biz: Thinking Outside the Cube

Close of Biz: Thinking Outside the Cube
Here we are in the thick of winter with temperatures dipping and snow showers on the horizon. Some people love this time of yearmostly for the snowand others aren’t exactly fans of cold weather. We asked some executives what their favorite part of this time of year is, along with finding out their biggest fears and what app on their phone they spend the most time on.
 
What is your favorite part about winter?
Simone Bryerman
President, PROSHRED Southern New Jersey & Delaware
Seeing my kids’ faces when they wake up to snow, the anticipation of no school, snowman building and hot chocolate.
 
Guido A. Babore
Member, Lauletta Birnbaum
The holiday season. I enjoy the cold and the snow and the atmosphere they create. After New Year’s Day, I no longer enjoy the atmosphere.
 
Stephanie E. Sanderson-Braem
Partner, Stradley Ronan Stevens & Young, LLP
While the holidays take center stage during the winter months, snow days are often met with cheers at my house. When kids are just being kids, from watching my children play with the neighborhood during a snowstorm to having snowball fights, it is simply my favorite pastime. 
 
Jonathan Klear
Senior Vice President, NAI Mertz

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I wouldn’t say I’m a particular fan of the cold, but I do like the crispness of the air during the winter. It just seems fresher.
 
Denise Monahan
Group Vice President, Southern New Jersey Market Leader, M&T Bank
Winter is the perfect time of year when we get to enjoy the traditions the holiday season brings, and prepare to welcome a bright and fun spring/summer season.
 
What is one of your biggest fears?
Simone Bryerman
That so many of the small businesses I love will not make it through these challenging times.
 
Guido A. Babore
Losing my phone and laptop. Also, since it took me six hours to get my license from the DMV, losing my license is a big fear.
 
Stephanie E. Sanderson-Braem
If this unprecedented time has shown us anything, it’s the importance of our health. Rarely has the threat of sickness and worry about disease occupied so much of our thinking, and this constant worry continues to be an ongoing fear of mine.
 
Jonathan Klear
Missed opportunities. I stay driven because I don’t like to look back and see areas where I could have done more for myself or my clients.
 
Denise Monahan
The unknown, ongoing effects of COVID.
 
What is the most used app on your phone?
Simone Bryerman
WhatsApp—my mother and sister live in other countries and I am able to call through the app on the commute to work every day. Fourteen minutes is the perfect amount of time to catch up and keep in touch.
 
Guido A. Babore
My daughters play sports, so to track them, I rely on Hudl and MaxPreps. They are both good sources to watch highlights.
 
Stephanie E. Sanderson-Braem
As an active mom and partner at my firm, I’m always juggling the day-to-day tasks with a full plate, and I’ve depended on the Amazon app for quick purchases and delivery. It saves me a trip to the store and allows me more family time.
 
Jonathan Klear
Not the most riveting app, but because I’m always on the move, I’m constantly in my email on my phone. Second to that, maybe Spotify.
 
Denise Monahan
I’m not a big user of social media, so I have to say Google. It’s great to be able to Google search everything!
 
 
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Published (and copyrighted) in South Jersey Biz, Volume 11, Issue 1 (January 2021).

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