Submitted by William Quigg
Q: What was your primary career and what did you love about it?
A: Radio broadcasting. I managed stations in small markets (under 100,000) The station in my time (60s to 90s) was the communications center of the community. It was our obligation to bring news, information and local happenings to the community and establish ourselves as community leaders and supporters. That personal connection with the community has really been lost by today’s business model driven by satellite broadcasting.
Q: When you retired, did you feel ‘finished’ or, for you, was there still something left to do?
A: Left the broadcast industry after 30 years and started my own consulting firm. This began with sales training, moved on to goal planning and then strategic planning facilitation. I never really retired until I was about 74. The last few years of my practice I focused on providing pro-bono services to local nonprofit organizations.
Q: What inspires you and why?
A: Being of service. I am a member of the Phoenix 100 Rotary Club and participate in several service projects. The main one now is volunteering for Project Cure. My wife and I are cancer survivors and have devoted several years volunteering for Susan G Komen and the Cancer Support Community. I serve on the Bio Ethics Committee of Scottsdale Healthcare and on the board of the Arizona Bioethics Network under ASU. I derive much satisfaction with these and other volunteer opportunities. This due in part because of my religious upbringing (I am a Quaker) and my broadcasting career. When managing a small market station you are asked to serve on boards all the time. The community always wants to be connected to the media. Thus many leadership position where open to me that often do not occur with many other jobs. I have always felt a strong need to be involved in some kind of philanthropic endeavor. The rewards of doing so are enormous. Frankly it has always just seemed like the right thing to do.
Q: How does your unique set of experiences make a difference for the community in your work now?
A: I was a hospital Board Chair and Vice chair of a small liberal arts college. These positions made possible my interest and subsequent involvement in the are of medical ethics. I hope my involvement in these efforts locally has been beneficial to the respective organizations. I think I made a difference with Komen,. Took over their merchandising program when it raised $5k a year and five years alter we were doing over $60K a year with a 50% profit margin. That meant $30k in grant money each year. (Hope I answered this correctly)
Q: What’s your advice for boomers who are about to launch their own “second act”?
A: Start volunteering as soon as possible with a non profit if you haven’t already done so. It is as simple as that. .Say to yourself I will devote a certain portion of my time to some effort. You will grow as a person.