Retiring Minds Want to Know


“I don’t know how I ever had time to work! Now I’m playing tennis, volunteering, and being a grandpa. What could be better?”
Bob Apter, Ardsley
Former Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration ABC Sports


“There’s nothing I wish I had known; I had a smooth transition. I joined a men’s a cappella chorus—the Westchester Chordsmen. Shortly thereafter, I became a business counselor at SCORE. Other than traveling, the rest of my time is spent managing certain portfolios in the financial markets, which has been a passion of mine since the late sixties.”
John Goldsmith, Pound Ridge
Former Director of Business Development at Phelps Memorial Hospital 


“Networking has diminishing returns the longer you are retired. The conversations with even close friends and relatives become fewer and less interesting. Contrary to popular belief, retirement is more about the agony of defeat than the joy of victory.”
Bert Shlensky, New Rochelle
Former President and CEO Sure Fit Products

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“I wish I had known what I would do and how I would spend my time. It has taken a year for me to engage in new activities and establish a new rhythm.”
Ramesh Shah, Armonk  
Former Chairman WNS Global Services


“I wish I knew how gratifying retirement would be. I was extremely fortunate to meet someone who was involved with the RSVP program of The Volunteer Center and who got me involved. I also helped start The Center for Aging in Place, a new not-for-profit organization to help people in Westchester remain in their own homes as they grow older. It is immensely satisfying to be helping my Westchester neighbors while maintaining the feeling of creativity and value that would be so easy to lose after one retires.”
Robert Waldman, Larchmont
Former Vice President of Information Technology General Reinsurance Corporation (a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway)


“Currently I have more family time, gym time, and still find time to share my experiences through the Financial Planning Program and the Job Readiness Program. Not a bad trade-off to being on call twenty-four/seven.”
Marilyn E. Smith, Mount Vernon Former Network Leader of the New York City
Department of Education


“Little about retirement surprised me. Life is a little less hectic and therefore a little more pleasant.”
Rob Weinstein, New Rochelle
Former Vice President, Corporate Communications at Metlife


“I wish I had known retirement gives you a clean slate—twenty-four hours with no place to be and no meetings to attend. What will you do with those hours? I recommend creating for yourself a ‘bucket list,’ like the movie suggests. But don’t wait till you’re dying to check off the items! Today, one of my greatest delights is bird-watching. Also, my sister gave me a notice from her newspaper that read ‘Clown Class Starting.’ I signed up and am now better known as ‘Schnitzle’ to my clown friends.”
Anita Wilton, Sleepy Hollow
Former Executive Project Manager, IBM

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