How long have you lived in Ventura County?
I have lived in Ventura County for almost 70 years having moved with my family to Camarillo when I was 4 years old. I have been married to my best friend, Petra, for almost 20 years. We have a blended family of 5 children and 8 grandchildren, all who live in or near Ventura County. I was raised in a musical family where my physician father played the piano and all the kids learned a musical instrument as soon as we could so that we could provide special music in church.
How did you get involved in community service/the arts?
I have always enjoyed organizing events and projects since my high school and college days. Church events filled my time until my forties, when I joined the Rotary Club of Camarillo. From there I became the chairman of our Golf tournament for the benefit of Casa Pacifica. I was asked to be on the Board of Directors for Casa Pacifica and that plunged me into the world of nonprofit work.
I have sung in Choirs since my high school days and currently am part of a small vocal ensemble under the leadership of Dr. Helen Farson which performed fairly regularly until the pandemic struck.
What’s your favorite performance at BAPAC?
Because I was not able to attend the Borderline event, I would say that the two best concerts I have attended were the Tenors and David Foster. Also, the first combination performance of the resident companies was outstanding.
What piece of art (book, music, movie, performance etc.) most influenced the person you are today?
Schindler’s List had a profound impact on my thinking about business and how one individual could make such a difference in the lives of thousands of people. In addition, it was a lesson how we need to use our talents, time and treasure in the service of others.
What’s the single best piece of advice you have ever received?
As a Rotarian, one of our tenets we use in life is, “Is it fair to all concerned”. Dealing with people in business or causes, if we treat everyone fairly and with respect, we come away with very few regrets. Also, “happy wife, happy life!”
If you could go back to one historical event to witness it, what would it be and why?
As a sports enthusiast, the Miracle on Ice was really special to witness, although I saw it on TV. To see an overwhelming underdog accomplish something so unexpected was truly amazing and unforgettable.