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Money Q&A - Matthew Grove

June 15, 2003

Rsum: Partner, Grove & Dall'Olio Architects PLLC in Martinsburg, W.Va.

Member, Tuscarora Creek Linear Park Steering Committee.

Member, Main Street Martinsburg's Design Committee.

Born: July 19, 1963.

Family: Wife, Lisa Dall'Olio; children, Taylor, 6, and Olivia, 1.

Education: Martinsburg High School, Class of 1981. Earned a bachelor's in architecture from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

Mentor: His late parents, Mark and Frances Grove. "They taught me - raised my siblings and myself - how to conduct ourselves in public and to respect other peoples' opinions. There's a certain amount of manners we're taught from day-to-day. ... It wasn't overt. It was just sprinkled through our upbringing. That comes into my day-to-day transactions often."

Favorite part of your job: "The diversity of projects and clients."

Least favorite part of your job: "The paperwork."

Biggest challenge of your job: "Like many other small businesses, the biggest challenge in our office is keeping up with the paperwork."

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Fantasy job: "This is it, pretty much. We're a small office and my commute is about 30 seconds and we get to spend a lot of time with our children."

Favorite music: "I like a lot of different kinds of music. If I'm in the office, I put jazz on."

Last book read: "The Mound Builders" by Robert Silverberg.

Last movie seen: "Save the Last Dance."

Favorite TV show: "ER."

Hobbies: Gardening, watercolor painting, tennis, swimming, camping, fishing and building things such as furniture and garden structures.

What was your first job? "I worked at the Toll House, which was sort of a neighborhood soda fountain (in Martinsburg). Made sandwiches. I worked at the counters. I would have been something like 14 or 15."

Favorite quote: "'Work hard, then play hard.' 'WH, then PH.' It was something my father would write at the end of a letter."

If you could meet anyone in history, who would it be? "Antonio Gaudi. Antonio Gaudi was a Spanish architect who's designed some fantastic buildings, and a cathedral of his is still under construction in Barcelona, Spain. ... He died before his time. ... His architectural style is very organic."

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