"Appreciate me for who I am; I’m flawed, and yet here I am." 

 

What are 1-2 leadership virtues you've observed or learned in your career?

Know your truth, what is true to you. And speak it and be unapologetic. The other one is purpose -- I struggled with getting really clear on mine, I spent a lot of time with some people trying to figure it out. Once I did, I was able to lead with it.

What is your superpower?

Trust - I have a unique ability to manage relationships and build trust.

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How would you describe your areas of expertise based on industry, market, and/or function?

I’m a lifetime entrepreneur. I’ve worked with lots of different companies in lots of different industries: hospitality, real estate development, hotel management, golf course management.

Regardless of industry, I create frameworks and facilitate teams to achieve great things.

What have you learned about yourself mentoring with Junto?

Vulnerability; you mess up, be vulnerable about it.

What are you working on right now?

I have three business that I own right now. One is on autopilot. Another is working with entrepreneurial companies. And another company that we’ve been working on for about four years, I think this will be the enduring one. It’s based on real estate development, and we’re figuring out how to become the leaders in using solar, geothermal energy.

What is something that's not on your LinkedIn profile that you wish was?

I’ve created successful businesses that made money but one thing I’ve not created is an enduring company, something like Junto, with a purpose that will be there for the long haul.

What is your most memorable Junto moment?

It just happened this year, and I’ve been with Junto from the very beginning. We were on the retreat this year, and and Mark Hattas was leading us through this deep and meditative exercise. It was weird how I didn’t know that I was needing more clarity around my purpose, and until that moment in time, I thought I was good as good could be. But as we were going through the exercise, three things hit me like a lighting bolt: (1) Feed me. Relationships and nature feed me, and I have a responsibility to feed those around me. (2) Love me. “Like” is not good enough anymore, I want to be with people I love and that love me. (3) Appreciate me for who I am; I’m flawed, and yet here I am. It was very powerful for me because my purpose was reassuring and clarifying, and then these three components of that had made it so I didn’t need to go further, it was complete.

What is one book, blog, or podcast you recommend widely?

When I want to go deep, and get enough information where I don’t need to read a book but still get details and context, I go to Harvard Business Review. If I want small, quick nuggets of information, I go to Seth Godin.

What is your strength when it comes to emotional intelligence?

We had a forum where we had to go around and everyone had to write one word about everyone else, picking out strengths in others. Everyone wrote the same word about me, except one person who had only been in the forum a month and didn’t know me as well. That word was “trust.”

Finish the following sentence: "In my experience, ______________."

Relationships matter more than transactions.