I’m married to Ann 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 and Landon Abare (Mark and Jamie) and Miró West Abare (Brad and Jamaica)
I have work with a lot of well-liked people.
I founded the Epoch Awards.
I serve as a board member for a handful of organizations.
For three decades I have worked with respected leaders and companies in business, entertainment, and ministry. I have served at a senior level for several non-profit and private sector companies.
I’m a strategic and tactical leader offering proficiency in operations, business growth and development, marketing, negotiations, administration, forecasting, fundraising, and cash flow management for $20M+ organizations. Highly resourceful and adept at team and people building, budgeting, risk management, public speaking, sales, and product development. Well-versed in event coordination, advocacy work, and fostering key business partnerships.
I’m dedicated to a lifestyle of philanthropy and living courageously for God.
With life and work come sizable responsibilities. My values ensure that I respect these responsibilities, no matter where I am or what I am doing.
I think being salt and light in business and community is a good idea.
If I had my way, I would devote most of my time, energy, and passion to opportunities that enrich people’s lives.
I believe that it’s taking me a long time to become the person I want to be.
I believe that I am responsible for what I do, no matter how I feel.
I believe that money is a lousy way of keeping score.
I believe that it isn’t always enough to be forgiven by others. Sometimes I have to learn to forgive myself.
I believe that my background and circumstances may have influenced who I am, but I am responsible for who I become.
I believe that two people can look at the exact same thing and see something totally different.
I believe that credentials on the wall do not make me a decent human being.
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