As the director for operations for Distinguished, Marc Kaye is focused on embedding lean process, project management, and change management into the corporate culture. He also manages our employee learning and development program and the employee-run community service initiative, DPcares.
Which basically means he keeps us running smoothly, efficiently, and happily—no small feat!
Below, Marc tells us about his penchant for problem-solving and the music era that dominates his playlist.
Q: Tell us about your journey to get to where you are now.
MK: I’ve been with Distinguished for 15 years, following 9+ years in the retail brokerage side of the industry. During my time here I have been part of many different areas of our business, starting in underwriting, to becoming a program manager and then finally taking on the role of head of Operations. My job allows me to get involved in all areas of the company, learn and develop new skills and then introduce those new methodologies at Distinguished. On top of all that. It allows me the opportunity to interact with new and varied people across our company, all day long.
Q: What are the habits, practices, and lifestyles that enable you to think differently?
MK: I enjoy problem solving, creating organization and structure, and being part of something new. I’m happy trying to figure out puzzles or how to get all my kids and suitcases into the car for a family vacation.
Q: What’s on your playlist right now?
MK: I enjoy an eclectic mix of music from the 60’s to today, though nothing compares to that amazing 80’s music. While I do question my kids about the redeeming musical qualities of some of today’s artists, thankfully it’s not quite at the point of wagging my finger and saying “that music is just too darn loud.” I do find it somewhat ironic that the radio station my parents used to listen to 101.1 CBS FM (Cousin Brucie Morrow) for their music is now my favorite station, playing the best of the 80’s. Did I mention that 80’s music is the best?