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My colleague marcusm, has asked me to participate in the "Blog It Forward" challenge. It is a wonderful way to learn about the blogging process on SCN.

I am currently an Inside Presales Solution Engineer with SAP working in Scottsdale, AZ. My role involves demonstrating SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence to customers and helping them understand the value that it can bring to their business. I am originally from Sterling, MA. I love sports, history, politics, New England, and spending time with my wife, family and friends.

Here are the answers to the questions that were asked of me:

What was your dream job as a kid?

I vividly remember my six year old self playing baseball, basketball, football and hockey with my younger brother in the backyard. We both imagined that we played for the Red Sox, Celtics, Patriots and Bruins, all at the same time. The ultimate professional Boston athelete. Well, needless to say, my talent didn't quite support this dream. As I got older, I discovered other talents. I found that I enjoyed being in front of people and speaking. My new dream was to be a leader in my community and I intend on persuing this passion in many different capacities.

Jacob and Noah Schur, Boston sports legends (in their own minds)

What is your favorite place in the world?

My favorite place in the world is Reutlingen, Germany. I spent a semester of my college experience studying abroad in this Southwestern German town. It was an amazing experience to be immersed in a new culture and having the opportunity to visit so many different countries on any given weekend. I love travelling, German food and drink, and history and Reutlingen was a great home base for all of these things. And fun fact, it is home to the the narrowest street in the world according to the Guiness Book of World Records. Spreuerhofstraße, try saying that 10 times fast...

My wife, Katie, standing at the narrowest part of Spreuerhofstraße in Reutlingen, Germany

What was the most fun project you ever participated in and why?

In my senior year at Valparaiso University, I participated in a collegiate marketing competition called the SAP Marketing Innovators Competition. The challenge was to come up with a year long marketing proposal for SAP. I along with four classmates submitted a proposal focused around mobility, leveraging SAPPHIRE in new ways and utilizing alternative means to promote SAP. Not before long, we learned that we were selected as finalists. We were flown out to Newtown Square to present our plan to SAP North America's marketing executives. We were up against two teams from Drexel University, a team from George Washington University, and one from the University of Pennsyvania's Wharton School. Valparaiso University was certainly the underdog. However, through practice and great teamwork, Valpo won the competition! This was an amazing experience for us and it sparked my interest in a career with SAP.

Valparaiso University's SAP Marketing Innovator Team, Fall 2010

If you could meet any living person on earth, who would it be and why?

If I could meet any living person on earth, I would want to meet Warren Buffett. I respect his success, sense of humor, and modesty, but most importantly his philanthropic efforts. He would certainly be very interesting to have a conversation with. Not to mention he is from the wonderful city of Omaha, Nebraska, where my wife Katie is from...   

In keeping the BIF going, I am asking the following questions:

Time to blog on! philip.bayliss mike.duddy les.mar

1.     What was your dream job as a kid?

2.     What is your favorite place in the world?

3.     What was the most fun project you ever participated in and why?

4.     If you could meet any living person on earth, who would it be and why?

Those of you, who are not familiar with the "Blog It Forward Challenge", please read Moshe Naveh’s blog [http://scn.sap.com/community/about/blog/2012/08/20/blog-it-forward-community-challenge]