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Meeting by Chance or by Design

In a ride-share - heading home from a Latino networking event, a rather unassuming fellow mentions he just finished choir practice. An opera singer. He then belts out the most beautiful rendition of Oh, Danny Boy. And I wonder, how did I get so lucky? ... random encounters with awe inspiring people. Here are a few from February:

Nicolas Garcia Mayor, an Argentinian industrial designer, creates portable shelters for the displaced. I wish I could work with his foundation CMax, but non-profits are outside of BONUM's focus.

Timor Karimy with the Bamyan Foundation is another. They provide scholarships to students in Afghanistan. Karimy came to the US in the early 90's as a refugee and created the foundation in an effort to give back to his home community. I worked with the refugee community early in my career and it was the most rewarding experience.

And now, two entrepreneurs that certainly don't need me to give them props. Their accomplishments in business are well known, but its their work, outside of work that I enjoy.

John Arbaiza, owner of the Chapala blue beetle bar, stands out because of his passion for the Montgomery County business community and artists. He splits his time between restaurant management, county council meetings and creating showcase spaces for local artists.

John Gossart, co-founder of Goodworld, rocks out when he's not re-imagining how people #donate and make purchases. His band Stone Driver releases their album May 5th with a concert May 26th at Union Stage.

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