Andy Berkenfield: CEO, Duncan Channon


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What do you love most about Your City? I love how small San Francisco feels. It’s like a cozy enclave where everything is within arms reach. The city has grown exponentially since I came here nearly 30 years ago from New York, but it hasn’t lost its character, its friendliness, its familiarity.

What drink do you need to get through the day? Coffee. It’s on a timer and ready when I wake up. My wife and I split a pot of coffee before I head to the office. I’ll have more 2 cups at work but go caffeine-free past 11 am. I end my day with a glass of Beaujolais Nouveau during the holiday season. It’s the wine I got to drink on special occasions when I lived just outside Paris as a kid. My Dad used to have a barrel delivered to the house before Thanksgiving - which was right around my birthday - so it feels nostalgic.

What should everyone try at least once? Jumping out of a plane. I took my son skydiving for his 18th birthday. I went from sheer terror to being suspended in the sky. The feeling of freedom is bizarre and exhilarating.