Home: Southern California. Age: I stopped counting. Birthplace: Philippines. Profession: Strategy & transformation. Significant other: The wind beneath my wings, Elmer Flores. Alma mater: Pepperdine University (MBA); AMA University (B.S. Computer Science).
Current project: Developing the earned and owned channel strategy and optimizing marketing automation at Data Axle. Latest accomplishment: My only child just graduated from college! Latest contribution to others: Funding the college education of several young relatives who have limited resources. Hobbies: Foodie; reading, hiking, running. Last book read: Letting Go, by David R. Hawkins. Recently viewed and recommended: How Japanese Knives are Made with Japan's Rarest Steel (YouTube by Japan Go). Recent unique acquisition: Bose Sleep Buds 2. It’s made me sleep better.
Personality profile: My Gallup top five strengths: Achiever, Intellection, Relator, Learner, Maximizer. What one word would your closest friend use to describe you? Wise. How do you define an ideal business relationship? Ethical and win-win. What occupation, other than your own, do you most admire? Teachers and writers. What is your favorite place (or way) to spend money? Bookstores and staying at mountain cabins. What is at the top of your bucket list? Walking pilgrimage of Camino De Santiago. How do you relieve stress? Transcendental Meditation. What ingredient is essential to your perfect vacation? Breathtaking nature scenery.
What was your first paying job? Computer programmer. What movie have you repeatedly watched? A Few Good Men. What’s prominently featured on your home or office wall? Glass whiteboard. What’s the best advice you received growing up? Spend less than you earn. What’s the best advice you received in your career? Change is inevitable. Stay curious and keep learning. What modern technology innovation do you most appreciate? GPS. What personal circumstance has had the greatest influence on your life? Growing up in an underprivileged home and community.
The necessity of war becoming obsolete.
What message do you want to send out into the world? The pursuit of more has a diminishing return. Know when to stop. What widely held belief do you reject? There is one true religion. What mega-trend most excites you? The potential for Artificial Intelligence to reduce medical errors and assist in discovering medical breakthroughs. What mega-trend most concerns you? The risk of climate changes irreversibly altering earth’s hospitability to life.
Who would you like to spend an evening with, in heaven? My mother. As a kid, what did you first want to be when you grew up? A human rights lawyer. What advice would you give your younger self? Trust your intuition. What day in your life would you choose to re-live? None. The uncertainty of what’s next is one of life’s most profound gifts.
Personal motto: “This too shall pass.” Favorite quote: “Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too” (William Hutchison Murray). Desired epitaph: Life was good!