A 'fitness freak' and a city booster


A Drink With Coleman Devlin

January 15, 2006|By SLOANE BROWN

Federal Hill resident Coleman Devlin, 35, enjoys Baltimore single city life to its fullest. A vice president of investments for Ryan Beck & Co., Devlin is co-chairman of the 1844 Society (a group of young professional supporters of the Maryland Historical Society) and social chairman for the Federal Hill South Neighborhood Association. An avid lacrosse player, Devlin plays for the DeWalt Lacrosse Club, the Rebel Lacrosse Wear tournament team, and is preparing for the World Games this summer. He also participates in squash tournaments, and mountain bike races.

So, what do you do in your spare time?

I kinda consider myself a fitness freak. So that takes up my spare time. I've taken up yoga. It's keeping me together through all the other abuse I put myself through.

You grew up in Towson. What made you go from suburban to urban?

I started to work downtown. All of my friends were living in Towson. About 10 years ago, one of my buddies suggested we bag the drive downtown every day, and get a place in Federal Hill. I've been a city lover ever since. There's no other place where I can walk to work, walk every place. We get a blizzard in Baltimore, and it doesn't change my life a bit. All these county people don't know what they're missing.

It's a bit unusual for a young single guy to get involved in some of the causes you have. Why have you?

Girls, of course! Seriously, about 10 years ago, I had an opportunity to get involved in the Maryland Historical Society, and I found there's a satisfaction you get out of community involvement. There's a misperception that it's work. [People think] 'I work hard as it is; I don't want to work more.' But, it's not work. It's fun. I like being involved in the planning and organizational process. And throwing a great party.

What would you say floats your boat?

I like to push myself in whatever endeavor I'm involved in -- whether it's work, a squash game, or trying to get on a [lacrosse] team. I guess my attitude is why do something, if you're not going to give it 100 percent? ... I've come to the realization that I like to juggle. Whether it was academics with college sports, or work with other activities, the only time I'm not happy is when I'm complacent.

Do you end up wearing your friends out?

I do. Sometimes I have to twist some arms -- "C'mon, let's go wakeboarding!" -- to get my friends to do something I know they'll like to do.

Any big ultimate dream?

It used to be climbing Mt. Everest, until I read Into Thin Air. Then I thought, "oh, not so great." Now, it's a motocross safari across Africa.




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