I had the opportunity to sit down with one of our most fascinating team members for this week’s edition of “Meet Our Team Monday!” Here are the 10 questions we asked Senior Vice President & Team Leader, Cole Costanzo during our time together…
- What did you do before joining Dickerson, Bakker & Associates?
I’ve been privileged with a super diverse set of experiences. After College, I moved to Paris with friends and then returned several years later to pursue my master’s degree. I worked with Coca-Cola in Australia and New Zealand when I was younger, and I had the opportunity to serve the government in Washington DC as well as overseas. I have been focused on Christian ministries and nonprofit leadership for the last 10 years.
- Where did you go to college?
I completed my bachelor’s degree at Washington and Lee University in Virginia and then did my master’s degree with Middlebury College. Most of the work for my master’s was done in France.
- How did you hear about Dickerson, Bakker & Associates?
I worked with Derric Bakker when I was serving as a grant-maker and Strategy Director with a private foundation.
- What made you decide to come work for Dickerson, Bakker & Associates?
My passion is to serve – I want to help great missions and great people accomplish great things and make an enduring impact. It seems I have been especially drawn toward serving in leadership, as well as serving those in leadership positions. Consulting in the ministry and nonprofit space can be an incredible blessing because there are so many excellent people and missions to serve. It is also challenging because resources are constrained. I don’t think there is a better platform than DBA for what I dreamed of accomplishing throughout my career & helping others accomplish their goals as well.
- What do you look forward to most when starting to work with a new client?
I love getting to know the people and organizations with whom we partner so we can bring our best to bear to serve them. To serve a client well, you’ve got to know them well. One of the distinctive qualities that drew me to DBA, and one of the things I continue to appreciate most, is the intentionality with which we seek to understand a client’s unique needs and situation before helping them plan and implement. I think our approach here is somewhat unique in our industry & it allows for us to execute excellent, truly customized solutions.
- What is one goal you hope to achieve with a client when starting a new project?
I want to understand the needs of the client, our partner, first. Then I want ensure that we are well positioned to help them develop, plan for, and achieve the goals that align with their needs and further their mission.
- What is your favorite part about being a part of Dickerson, Bakker & Associates?
We have an excellent team and it is getting stronger all the time. I consider it a privilege to work with such wonderful, smart, hard-working, and dedicated people.
- What’s the best/craziest thing that has happened to you out in the field?
I’m not sure it is crazy, per se, but something I really enjoy is unexpectedly crossing paths with old friends and partners whom I’ve known in the past through my grant-making or ministry leadership and who are now sitting with me as potential clients and partners once again.
- What is one thing about you that might surprise people?
To people who don’t know me, it might be surprising to know that I was once a Police Officer in Atlanta, GA, and I also worked as security at clubs in Paris to help pay for grad school. I also used to spend weekends on my motorcycle(s) on racetracks around the southeast, that is until I totaled one and traded the other in on a mini-van. To those who do know me, none of that would probably come as a surprise!
- What is there anything else you’d like people to know?
Nope. Thanks for taking the time to sit down & interview me today. I’ve really enjoyed learning some fun, unknown facts about the people on our team!
About the Series: Over the next few months, we will do a weekly feature of one of our team members giving you ‘insider access’ to our group of unique & talented folks that are in the field working with DBA clients day in & day out. We are proud to have built a team of industry experts from across the nation that not only know the in’s & out’s of the business but have a demonstrated track record of achieving real success.