Submitted by Ray Spitzer

Q: What was your primary career and what did you love about it?

A:  20-years military, Vietnam vet, retired Navy Chief.  30 Years in private sector in computer hardware and software business.  I rose from individual contributor to VP, working for a variety of companies, running multiple departments, specializing in organizational improvement, communication improvement, budget management, conference speaking, and much, much more.

Q:  When you retired, did you feel ‘finished’ or, for you, was there still something left to do?

A:  I was finished with the sector I worked in, but over the years I have been a part of a prison ministry, working with convicts in Florence and Perryville prisons who wanted to change their lives.  I have also been a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), working for a juvenile court judge to ensure that foster kids got the best advocacy possible.  I also served on a Foster Care Review Board (FCRB) for multiple years.  I also served on the Glendale Planning and Zoning Commission for nearly 4 years.  I am a trained professional speaker, and have authored a book on What Kind of America Do You Want to Leave Your Kids.  I also served as chairman of legislative district 9, and as President of the Sun City West Republican club. 

Q:  What inspires you and why?

A:  What inspires me is helping people to rise up, to change their lives, to grow and prosper, and whatever I can do to help, I’m there.

Q:  How does your unique set of experiences make a difference for the community in your work now?

A:  I have worked in marketing, quality assurance, communication, web site design, speaking, customer relations, and advertising.  I’m extroverted, very quick witted, and willing to over 50 years of experience and skill to groups that are working hard to help others.  

Q:  What’s your advice for boomers who are about to launch their own “second act”?

A:  If there second act is another paying job, I’m of no value.  If they want to volunteer and contribute, there are literally hundreds of opportunities available.  The issue for a lot of boomers is that they wait to be asked instead of seeking opportunities.  Experience Matters can connect volunteers with non-profits who need smart, hard working people to get them to the finish line.  There are prison service opportunities, boards and commissions in their city, working with foster kids as a CASA or member of an FCRB, ALS associations (my wife is on the board), and the list goes on and on.  If you want to contribute but haven’t connected, you’re not trying.