I’m married to Ann, my high school sweetheart, and have been for 38+ years.
I’m dad to Brad (Los Angeles), Mark (Seattle), Craig (NYC), Luke (Seattle), Joy (NYC), and Paul (Seattle); father-in-law of Jamaica, Jamie, Kara, and Sarah.
I’m papa to Ava, Landon, & Lily Abare (Mark and Jamie) and Miró West Abare (Brad and Jamaica)
I have worked with a lot of well-liked people, founded the Epoch Awards and serve as a board member for a handful of organizations.
I’m trying to live a generous life that is meaning-filled and rich with memories.
I could name drop and try to impress you with a long list of respected people, projects and organizations I have worked with and for over the past three decades, but I won’t. With varying levels of success and satisfaction, I’ve been on the ground floor, the top floor, and in the corner office. I’ve experienced the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. I’ve done some things I didn’t like, been a part of some ventures that didn’t work out, and hit it completely out of the park a few times.
God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us. Eph. 3:20-21 The Message
Grow with discipline. Balance intuition with rigor. Innovate around the core. Don’t embrace the status quo. Find new ways to see. Never expect a silver bullet. Get your hands dirty. Listen with empathy and over communicate with transparency. Tell your story, refusing to let others define you. Use authentic experiences to inspire. Stick to your values, they are your foundation. Hold people accountable but give them the tools to succeed. Make the tough choices; it’s how you execute that counts. Be decisive in times of crisis. Be nimble. Find truth in trials and lessons in mistakes. Be responsible for what you see, hear, and do. Believe. – Howard Schultz, Onward