One of the most popular features to appear in Hacienda Network has been the monthly Executive Profile which focused on how a person's career developed, starting with the influences of family, school, and the discovery of one's own personal interests. This knowledge frequently led these people to jobs that provided them with the opportunities to discover a high degree of personal satisfaction and fulfillment as they learned to define success for themselves.
The Executive Profile has allowed Network staff writers to speak with a remarkable variety of people since the feature began in 1998, including scientists, athletes, musicians, immigrants in search of the American dream, politicians, and others, all pursuing their goals in business.
While it would be difficult, if not impossible, to identify a single theme to these 19 years of interviews, it might be possible to highlight one note about navigating one's own career path. It comes from our April, 2000 profile of John O'Neill, the founder of construction firm J.M. O'Neill Inc.
"The day I started my business, my wife Mary gave me a little card to remind me that happiness is not a destination but a way of travel," he says. "That's still on the bathroom wall. I look at it every morning, in the drawer where I keep my toothbrush."
Finding happiness through a job well done is an idea that everyone can keep in mind.
Here are some more Executive Profile highlights:
Chris Kinzel, PE, president, TJKM Transportation Consultants
John Dutra, Dutra Realty, prior to his election to the California State Assembly
Donald Sundgren, president and CEO, Dillingham Construction Co.
Ernie Hughes, vice president and director of operations, CarrAmerica Realty Corporation
Essy Pournoor, owner, Essy's Tailoring and Clothier
Uwe Waizenegger, Mercedes Benz of Pleasanton
Marcy Place, Cornish & Carey Commercial
Heiner Dreismann, Ph.D., CEO, Roche Molecular Diagnostics
Stephen R. Nord, M.D., medical director, Premier Comp Medical Group
Fabomi Ojuola, president and chairman, Crest Point Solutions
Imelda Acosta, Hacienda Child Development Center
Joe Callahan, president, Callahan Property Co.
Peter Gassner, CEO, Veeva Systems
Victor Quint, president and CEO, 1st United Services Credit Union
Congressman Eric Swalwell
Sue Compton, CEO, Axis Community Health
Joe Terry, president and CEO, Corporate Visions
Mark Anderson, executive director, New World Music Academy
Dave Camarillo, owner, Guerrilla Jiu-Jitsu
Manu Kaushish, founder, Divine Arts
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