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Before joining the Operations Department at Ker & Downey, Michael Jackson worked in radio and litigation support – the latter sent him on a trip to Norway to videotape a deposition! He’s also traveled extensively through Europe and has visited 42 or the 50 states. In his free time, he is an independent filmmaker and enjoys spending time with his wife and children.

Michael Jackson | Ker Downey

Favorite place you’ve traveled: Domestically – New York City, Internationally – Paris.  Cliché?  Absolutely, but I’ll stand firmly behind both cities’ deserved reputation as top tourist destinations simply because of the depth of experiences available in both.

Favorite city and why: Boston – the rich history and overall aesthetics, the influence of the universities on the city’s intellectual climate, the Sox and Bruins, Boston Cream Pies

What is the best thing about traveling: Experiencing the best of a culture – whether it be the food, customs, arts, or just simply the everyday life of a place.

Travel accessory you can’t live without? Camera

Favorite plane ride activity: Catching up on my reading

Top of my travel bucket list: Berlin

Two weeks + and unlimited budget, where are you going? Scandinavia (with a stopover in Iceland if time allows)

Iceland Luxury Travel | Ker Downey

Beach or mountains: Mountains

 How do you take your coffee? Black and as strong as possible

If they could bottle your personality what would the label read? Detail-oriented

My theme song is: “Know How” by Kings of Convenience

Any pets? Not any more

If I were a super hero, I would be: Batman, because if there’s one thing that delights my son, it’s my terrible impersonation of the Christian Bale iteration of the Dark Knight.

Something I said I’d never do but did anyway was: Move to Houston

Two things I can’t live without are: Coffee and my iPod

It’s Sunday morning at 10 a.m. If I’m not sleeping, I’m: Holding down the rhythm section of my church’s worship band with Evan Jones

My favorite physical activity is: Running

One thing I love that everyone else dislikes is: Sauerkraut

Cloisters | Ker Downey

The first thing I do when I wake up is: Consider going back to sleep.

One thing people are surprised to find out about me is: I prefer writing on a typewriter to computer.

The last concert I went to was: My wife is a junior high choir director, so excluding her student’s concerts, the Houston Symphony.

My favorite toy to play with as a kid was: Legos

If I could instantly learn a new language, I would learn: French, so that the years of struggle in high school weren’t for naught.

Guilty TV pleasure: Shark Tank

On my nightstand: The Short Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald

What’s inspiring you lately? The films of Shane Carruth

Favorite quote: CS Lewis: “Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art…. It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.”

Paris | Arc de Triomphe | France Luxury Travel | Ker Downey

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