Why do you feel the arts are important to our community?
I once heard that a city is ripe for growth when you see artists sustaining themselves in a community. After hearing that, I started to always watch for artists on the street in every city I travel to. Art has become more than a novelty for me...it has become a vital component to how I view the health of my community and a reason to support the arts more actively. Supporting the arts is supporting my community!
Tell us about your experience/relationship with piano.
My affair with the piano started when I was a child. However, I somehow ended up playing tuba and baritone. Fast forward 25 years and I found a piano teacher in my neighborhood that is willing to teach me, give me stars for doing well, and cheering me on as I progress. Piano has become therapy for me. It has opened a part of my brain that I used when I was a kid...that part that dreams, learns, and lives in the space of innocence, curiosity, and excitement that I thought only kids could.
As a father, how do you expose your children to the arts?
As a father, my take on this is simple. Intentionally give the gift of the arts to my children without forcing them to appreciate it the way I do. I give them the chance to see art in all its forms without pressure whenever I can.
Tell us about your company.
I have an interesting company. It's called Bluejireh, it was founded in 2005, and we are in the aviation industry. Specifically, we work in foreign military sales, aviation parts, aviation engineering, military event logistics, and aviation maintenance and flight training. 2 fun facts about us...we are buying an aviation college and are licensed commercial builders. I love what I do, and so does our team!
What does success look like to you?
I've thought about success a lot, and it comes down to this.
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