April 14, 2014
Hearty Handsome Charles
This Easter all you need is hot cross buns and studly do-gooder Charlie
It’s Easter week and for many of us that means chocolate coma and a few days off but hey, Monday just ain’t Monday without #MaleMonday. Everyone say hi to handsome Charles, who’s a bit like Toms Shoes—looks good but with a social conscience. Hello! In between dancing, snowboarding, and being a total game changer in healthcare, the former Lacrosse player hosted us in his Nolita loft for an early Easter brunch.
His space is a total bachelor pad complete with dirty laundry and pizza boxes, but what we adore most about him is that he’s a total contradiction. On the 9 to 5, Charlie is buttoned-up in a suit. But on the weekend, he’s chilling in Batik prints and dream catcher necklaces. He’s the perfect mix of business and pleasure—and he’s single! Did anyone say The Bachelor? That’s right ladies. We’re starting a petition here! 😉
Let’s start with the stats, height, star sign, age, hometown, and occupation:
6’5″; Pisces; 28; Rowayton, CT; healthcare executive
More importantly who is this gorgeous pooch beside you?
Carl, my dog!
How did you meet? Was it love at first sight?
I adopted him at the Montgomery County Animal Shelter, eight years ago. He jumped up on the cage and barked which translated to, “Get me out of here!” He’s been a great addition to my life.
Oh, and speaking of are you single?
Let’s get back to that later. So healthcare, how and why did you get into it?
I got into healthcare because it’s challenging and rewarding. I was finishing my Masters at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. It was right around the time that the Affordable Care Act passed and several innovative payment policy initiatives really caught my attention. These Acts had the potential to accelerate new companies that aimed to help healthcare providers re-engineer the way they provide patient care. So we launched Remedy Partners 3 years ago—a company that helps physicians, hospitals, and sub-acute providers with all aspects of building their own bundled payment programs. We’re now in 50 states and facilitating a historic movement away from fee-for-service medicine and patients are loving it.
Oh and you like to dance it seems…that’s awesome! Do you do this often or only for photo shoots?
I love to dance and I do it often! I think its important to let yourself wiggle a little bit everyday.
Enough fun. Let’s go deep for a second. What’s most important to you?
Family and friends
And you’re a little spiritual, amazing! Next question, what’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever done?
Don’t ask questions that you really don’t want the answer to..
On a normal weekend in the city, how do you peace out?
If it is nice weather, I escape on my rollerblades. It really is the best way to get around the city and it’s great for the glutes and hammies.
Going by the pictures your mom looks like a legend, what’s the best advice she ever gave you?
Be kind to everyone, because you never know what battles they are enduring.
What are you currently obsessed with?
My neighborhood! I’ve met almost everyone who lives or works on my block.
Book that changed your life?
The Promise of a Pencil by Adam Braun is an instant classic. I’m reading everything coming out of the Fallen Whistles crew too—most recently The Wheel—about their holistic approach to peace in the Congo. I have a light sprinkle of music and art therapy in geriatric medicine, just to keep the edge sharp.
Motto you live by:
“If you will it, it is no dream.”
Judaism versus Hinduism? Ha, just kidding. Back to this girl stuff. What’s the first thing you notice about a girl?
What’s the most romantic thing you’ve done for a girl?
Escaped to Italy for a week to a tiny town on the Amalfi coast.
My 2nd grade teacher, I bought her a blue dress.
OK, now food!
Fave meal? Chicken pot pie
Fave dessert? Monster cookies
Fave drink? Watermelon juice
Oh and just quickly, we love your (masculine) necklaces? Tell us their backstory…
My necklaces are made by my dear friend Tini Howl, she has a store in Venice where she makes amazing dream catcher–inspired artwork. I met Tini on Powder Mountain in Utah. She’s an amazing artist.
Oh and I forgot, what did you cook for us again?!
I made you the eggs in a basket of greens and broiled grapefruit.
Photography by Jonathan Hokklo
Catch Charles’ recipe this afternoon! Bookclub question: Which book changed your life? Comment below! Pippa@sousstyle.com