Habits: Darlàn Monterisi, EVP & MD, New York, Porter Novelli

Never get complacent or compromise your personal standards.

Morning ritual
This is when I get to spend the most concentrated and uninterrupted time with my two boys. We play, wrestle, and talk about their dreams.

Required reading
The New York Times – in print, and I look at the ads, too.

Most regrettable career moment
When I stopped to question whether I could have amazing kids and an incredible career at the same time. There were times I doubted that.

But I have come to realize how satisfying and rewarding both of my jobs are.

First PR job
I worked at Mullen Advertising in Wenham, MA. 

I led the PR team on the Joint Advertising Market Research and Studies account for the Department of Defense. I also worked on some really cool high-tech accounts, one of which was BBN Technologies – the company that created the early version of the Internet and was responsible for the “@” symbol in emails.

Biggest surprise on your iPod/iPhone?
Bruce Springsteen. I've been a fan of The Boss since I was four years old, sitting atop my father's shoulders at concerts.

First thing you check in the morning
Email is first, and then I read a variety of different news sites, such as CNN.com, WSJ.com, NewYorkTimes.com, PR Squared, AllThingsD, Mashable, Mediabistro, and my news feed on LinkedIn.

Most distinct aspect of your personal office
I love a photograph I have of a bike that is spray painted orange – the Porter Novelli color – just resting on a New York street somewhere.

Ideal job, if not in PR
Probably a professional fisherman. I could see myself spending years on the ocean.

Proudest career achievement
I served in the US Marine Corps as a public affairs officer.

Best career advice
Never get complacent or compromise your personal standards. I learned that during my Marine Corps career.

Gen. James Conway talked a lot about this when we were deployed to the Al Anbar province in Western Iraq in 2004. Those messages stuck.

Guilty TV pleasure
The Walking Dead and True Blood. We love monsters in this house.

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