helping these kids, so I thought these
kids deserve it and our dollars from the
U.S. could probably go a long way there.
that they’ve been able to go to a place
like the zoo or an amusement park.
I came back to the U.S., made a few
phone calls to some attorneys about how
to set things like this up. Within a couple
of months we were set up and we were
fundraising and talking to hospitals and
orphanages in Latin America trying to
launch this charity. We’ve been able to
do so over the last couple of years with
very little administrative cost. Most of
the administrative costs are covered
by myself and by others, and we make
sure all the donations go to the kids.
We just decided we were going to
extend the charity into South
Florida last year. This year we’re
currently planning events, and we’re
coordinating with the hospitals in
the Miami area to help the kids.
were together for a couple of years. We
started off very slowly, working for a free
beer, I would say. Then toward the end,
we were headlining packed shows at
places like the House of Blues in
TMA members have really been some of
the best supporters of the charity since
the start, so I’m really thankful for that.
It’s really been a joy for everyone
involved. We either give special situation
gifts to these kids, like wishes to kids
who are facing health and economic
challenges. We also have events around
the holidays. We invite hundreds of kids
from the orphanages and hospitals,
and they come for a day of fun. Santa
Claus is there. They all get gifts. They
get a great meal. We rent amusement
parks. We rented the zoo. We really give
these kids a day to just be a kid. For
them, it may be the only gift that they
get through the holidays. For almost all
of them, it’s the only time in their lives
Besides that I try to work out every day.
I have portion control problems with
great food—a real challenge when I
work with our restaurant companies—
so this helps keeps it in balance. More
importantly, though, I think the exercise
helps keeps me levelheaded in tough
situations. As I said, turnarounds can
be a stressful business, and you really
need that regular outlet to burn off
that unhelpful energy so you can stay
focused on finding positive solutions.
I don’t think I was born with one ounce
of musical talent. Actually, my mom
would tell us when we were kids that
the one thing that definitely wasn’t in
our genes was music. It was like that
was a challenge. Maybe part of the
reason I loved it was because it was a
challenge, that we couldn’t do it, so I
was pretty determined to get good at it.
I probably got my first understanding
of finding and recruiting the best talent
with the band. I think I tried to surround
myself with people who were a lot
more talented than I was. That made
for a good recipe for us doing better.
Q What might people who know you only in your professional capacity
be most surprised to learn about you?
A long, long, long time ago, I
sang and played guitar in a band. We
It’s definitely the joke around the house
now. I could maybe make a couple of
quarters here, a couple quarters there,
maybe adding up to a couple dollars
a day if I had to go back to it, if the
turnaround business didn’t work out.
I definitely enjoyed it as a 19-year-old,
21-year-old—a good age to enjoy it. J
TMA’s FOURTEENTH ANNUAL
September 12-14, 2013
Presented by the Northwest Chapter of TMA
Included in your conference registration:
> Opening night cocktail reception at the Indoor/Outdoor Terrace in Hotel 1000
> One day education program on timely and informative topics, including fraud,
agricultural turnarounds, trends in acquisition and M&A financing, emerging
trends in workouts, and developments in cross-border bankruptcies
> Gala Dinner at acclaimed Seattle chef Tom Douglas’ Palace Ballroom
> Networking activities (at participant’s expense) including a golf
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