Category Archives: Conversations with Hilary

Conversations with Hilary: Gregory ‘Bonga’ Perkins

In my most recent family vacation to Hawaii to the Kohanaiki Club, we had the pleasure of meeting Gregory ‘Bonga’ Perkins. An American professional longboard surfer and two time ASP World Longboard Champion. He is regarded as one of the worlds best all around surfers.

BongaPerkins_GeoffCallanWhen it comes to surfing, nothing holds more weight than a North Shore reputation. Bonga has carved a niche for himself in the fiercely competitive line-ups of Oahu’s North Shore. He won his first ASP title in 1996 and then again in 2008. An impressive athlete, he is one of the few that tackles Pipeline on longboard. An incredibly kind and warm person, Bonga was a delight to meet during my trip to the island while we stayed at the Kohanaiki Club .

1. What do you believe to be your greatest accomplishment? 
My greatest accomplishment before having kids is knowing about this wonderful ocean.

2. Do you have a prized possession?
My most prized possession would be my surfboard!!!:-)

3. What qualities do you think others love about you?
Qualities people love about me it that I’m easy going and willing to give even if its just a little knowledge.

4. What do you like most about what you do for a living/career?
I love that there is no limits and or season to when you can or cannot do it. No one owns the ocean:-)

5. What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?
Think how blessed I am to do what I do and all the cool people I may meet today.

6. What’s your favorite thing to do on a Friday night?
I look forward to driving home and having a beer up in the mountains where I live if the waves aren’t up hahahah

7. What were you passionate about in your younger years growing up?
Wanting to be the best surfer in the world!

8. What are you passionate about now?
Just to see my kids love the ocean like me!

9. What’s your favorite season and why?
Winter season, big waves and lots of snow.

10. If you were stuck on a deserted island, what three items would you want to have with you?
My girlfriend, a spear gun and some beer.

11. If you were a cocktail or a drink what would it be?
Kamikaze for obvious reasons. My friends know when the waves are big you’ll see me out.

12. What’s the #1 most played song on your iPod?
Rolling Stones, anybody seen my baby

13. If you could have lunch with anyone, living or dead, who would it be?
Would have to be Julie Andrews.

14. Do you have any regrets?
None!!!

15. Define freedom?
Waves in our Oceans

16. What are your personal core values?
Old school morals new school approach.

I can’t say enough about our stay at the Kahanaki Club on the Big Island of Hawaii. The homes are beautiful and the landscape is stunning. Can’t wait to return with my family.

 

 

 

 

 

Conversations with Hilary: Tanya Peterson

Hilary talks with her friend, the Executive Director of the San Francisco Zoo, Tanya Peterson. Tanya came to the Zoo at a time of crisis and has worked on changing perceptions about the San Francisco Zoo. In this Conversations with Hilary, Tanya shows her true colors as a caring women doing extraordinary things.

What do you believe to be your greatest accomplishment?
Becoming a Zoo Director

Do you have a prized possession?
My children and my Vizsla (dog)

What qualities do you think others love about you?
Integrity, work ethic and humor

If you could do anything other than what you currently do, what would it be?
While my children are still young, I think about being a full-time mother

What do you like most about what you do for a living/career?
Working with a sense of purpose and with others who share the same passion

What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?
Hug my dog (and she usually wakes me up in the morning, too)

What’s your favorite thing to do on a Friday night?
Having dinner at home and cooked by my husband (he is a good cook!)

What were you passionate about in your younger years growing up?
The law and journalism because I saw them as ways to make a difference

What are you passionate about now?
Conservation of earth’s wildlife

What’s your favorite season and why?
The Fall in San Francisco — just can’t be beat

If you were stuck on a deserted island, what three items would you want to have with you
Photos of my children, a journal and an expresso machine

If you were a cocktail or a drink what would it be?
Martini with a twist

What’s the #1 most played song on your iPod?
Chris Isaak’s “San Francisco Days”

If you could have lunch with anyone, living or dead, who would it be?
Lunch with Dr. Jane Goodall

If your life was made into a movie, what would it be called?
Something like, “How I Tried to Save a Zoo”

Do you have any regrets?
Not visiting Africa

Define freedom?
Having a choice.

What are your personal core values?
Respecting all and achieving balance.

 

Conversations with Hilary: Bill Newsom

I am so deeply honored to feature one of my favorite people in the world, my dad, Bill Newsom. A retired Judge with a 20 year tenure, three years on the superior court and 17 on the California Court of Appeals. He has been a leader in the environmental movement for more than 40 years, both locally and nationally. His passions are the wilderness, wildlife and water issues. Through his devotion he has made an impact on the environment in Alaska, California and beyond.

My father founded the Mountain Lion Foundation in the 1970’s, establishing protection for the California Mountain Lion. For 12 years he was a trustee for the Environmental Defense Fund and currently serves as a trustee for Earth Justice – America’s premier environmental law firm. He continues his advocacy for the environment as a grant maker, funding environmental campaigns throughout the west. My childhood memories are filled with accompanying him to many philanthropic events to help raise money and awareness for his causes. His passion to make a difference in the world, inspired me to become a philanthropist and my brother, Gavin, a dedicated public servant.

My father has always had a deep interest for English literature. He taught English at Stanford University and has an impressive book collection. But most of all, my father is witty and kind and he is the most wonderful father and grandfather anyone could have ever dreamt of. I hope you enjoy my Conversations with my father as much as I enjoy my personal conversations with him daily.

1. What do you believe to be your greatest accomplishment?
My family

2. Do you have a prized possession?
Book collection

3. What qualities do you think others love about you?
Sense of humor


4. What do you like most about what you do for a living/career?
That I don’t do it anymore!

5. What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?
Stretching to help walking

6. What’s your favorite thing to do on a Friday night?
Crawl up and back to the local pub for drinks and dinner

7. What were you passionate about in your younger years growing up?
Birds and animals

8. What are you passionate about now?
Birds and animals

9. What’s your favorite season and why?
Winter because I enjoy cold, gloomy weather

10. If you were stuck on a deserted island, what three items would you want to have with you?
“A Life of Dr. Johnson” by Boswell, and 2 extra copies in case the first 2 get wet

11. If you were a cocktail or a drink what would it be?
Old Fashioned

12. What’s the #1 most played song on your iPod?
N/A since I don’t own an iPod

13. If you could have lunch with anyone, living or dead, who would it be?
Max Beerbohm and Norman Douglas

14. If your life was made into a movie, what would it be called?
Tarzan of the Apes:  A Sequel

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15. Do you have any regrets?
As Edith Piaf said in her famous song, “je ne regrette rien” (I regret nothing)

16. Define Freedom.
Being left alone

17. What are your personal core values?
Never betray your family and friends, betraying your country on occasion may be alright.  Eschew patriotism at all costs since it is the last refuge of a scoundrel

Conversations with Hilary: Sports Agent Doug Hendrickson

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Geoff Callan, Hilary Newsom Callan, Ann Getty, Shyla Hendrickson, Doug Hendrickson

Doug Hendrickson is one of my dearest friends. He’s a top sports agents who represents some of the biggest names in sports, and despite being surrounded by celebrity athletes in a perceived star-studded industry, he’s more concerned about making sure his clients are staying grounded and helping them actualize their personal and professional goals. He’s not just about the game that’s being played on the field, but what kind of impact these players are making off the field. I admire that he treats his players more like family and less like clients, and that he is fully engaged and supportive of their philanthropic efforts, as well as spearheading many of his own philanthropic endeavors. In this Conversations with Hilary, Doug shows his true colors as a regular guy doing extraordinary things.

What do you believe to be your greatest accomplishment?
Fathering three great, healthy kids and finding an overachieving phenomenal wife. I still wonder why she married me and I think she still feels the same way.

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What qualities do you think others love about you?

I think they love that I am fun, that I don’t take life too seriously, and I am very generous (probably way too generous).

If you could do anything other than what you currently do, what would it be?
I would own a small, intimate boutique hotel in the Caribbean.

What do you like most about what you do for a living/career?
I love the fact that I literally live the American dream where I can help mentor a young athlete who is very rough in many cases around the edges and watch them grow in their career over the years. I value seeing the impact that I have on their lives.

What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?
Take my three-year old son to the bathroom.

What’s your favorite thing to do on a Friday night?
Get together with some good friends, break some bread, have a cocktail and some good wine.

What were you passionate about in your younger years growing up?
Anything with a ball – basketball, baseball, football, golf – you name it, every sport possible from 6 am til 9 pm at night.

What are you passionate about now?
Giving back and trying to pave the right path for my three kids.

What’s your favorite season and why?
I love summer. I love sitting on a beach from sun up to sun down, or relaxing by the pool with a nice cold glass of CADE Sauvignon Blanc.

If you were a cocktail or a drink what would it be?
I would be grey goose lemonade – crisp, light, and refreshing.

What three things would you bring with you on a deserted Island?
My gorgeous wife, booze and great music

What’s the #1 most played song on your iPod?
The Band – The Weight

If you could have lunch with anyone, living or dead, who would it be?
My dad. I was 17 when he died. I would love for him to meet my kids and wife.
Mick Jagger, because of the stories he must have.

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Geoff Callan, Josh Johnson of the 49ers, Doug Hendrickson


If your life was made into a movie, what would it be called?

The Fortunate One, because I feel very blessed to have a job where I love what I do and to be married to a phenomenal wife with three wonderful kids.

Do you have any regrets?
The one regret was not playing basketball in Czechoslovakia after college – because as the scout told me you will drink beer morning, noon and night and there were beautiful women there.

Define Freedom.
Being able to do what I want to do and live the way I want to live.

What are your personal core values?
Doing right by others, treating people with respect, and having integrity. Basically showing respect for other people no matter what they do, where they live, or what religion they practice.

 

Conversations with Hilary: Chef Dominique Crenn

Dominique Crenn, Executive Chef and owner of the award-winning Atelier Crenn, is a true inspiration to women and chef’s alike. She is the first female chef in the U.S. to be awarded 2 Michelin Stars and she has held those stars since 2012. Being a woman in a leadership role and having two daughters, I celebrate women like Dominique who are innovators, leaders, and role models for young girls, and boys for that matter. Like the food she prepares, her answers were very thoughtful, creative, and insightful.

What do you believe to be your greatest accomplishment?
Being able to touch people doing what I love to do.

Do you have a prized possession?
My kindness. I think that people often think of an object for such a question however for me I have very few objects yet have spent my life working on what I think is important with regard to how I interact with others.

What qualities do you think others love about you?
I’m playful and kind.

If you could do anything other than what you currently do, what would it be?
photography.

What do you like most about what you do for a living/career?
I am a creative and am appreciated for being a creative, and am able to touch people with my creations.
What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?
I review my dreams.

What’s your favorite thing to do on a Friday night?
I am with my guests at the restaurant and if I’m not there, I am often at a charity event as I am so inspired when I get to participate in bringing people together in the name of doing good for others. I love the people I meet, the stories I hear and later, the results of all of our efforts in helping those who need to be supported.

What were you passionate about in your younger years growing up?
I loved soccer, Adidas sneakers, and talking with my dad as we walked the sand dunes of Brittany.

What are you passionate about now?
Pushing myself to delve into the deepest parts of my creative calling.

What’s your favorite season and why?
Oh wow…that is a tough one for me as all seasons offer new foods with which I get to work. If pressed, I must choose summer due to my absolute love affair with the tomato.

If you were a cocktail or a drink what would it be?
Kir Breton

What’s the #1 most played song on your iPod?
It must be ….

If you could have lunch with anyone, living or dead, who would it be?
My father. I would like to ask him to explain again so many things he tried to teach me that I sometimes feel I’m only old enough now to truly understand. I’d want one last chance to learn from him.

If your life was made into a movie, what would it be called?
(In French) When Pigs Can Fly.

Do you have any regrets?
It’s not a regret rather a wish for the past…and that is that I was so busy working so hard I never got the chance to go and stage in some of the great restaurants around the world. I would have loved to have gone to Michel Bras and a few in Japan

Define Freedom.
Oh that is easy, being supported to do work what reflects what is inside of me.

What are your personal core values?
Kindness, kindness, kindness and then after that I would say to work hard and play nice.

You can get up close and personal with Dominique’s food at her restaurant Atelier Crenn, where you’ll find her most days working alongside her team in the open kitchen.

Conversations with Hilary: Barbara Callan, Mother-In-Law & Notable Real Estate Professional

This month I dedicate my Conversations to all of the survivors, fighters and people whose’s loved ones are battling and beating Breast Cancer. Having lost my mom just over ten years ago to breast cancer, awareness is on my mind throughout the year, however, I am grateful there is a month where Breast Cancer gets dedicated focus. My extraordinary mother in law, Barbara Callan, a 27 year breast cancer survivor is an inspiration to me and my family. Not only is she an incredible mother in law, a magnificent grandmother, but she also the #1 producer at McGuire Real Estate for 10 consecutive years and her and her son Robert Callan are the  number 1 team at McGuire in San Francisco. I am honored to feature her this month

1. What do you believe to be your greatest accomplishment?
My greatest accomplishment is raising (with my husband) three wonderful children who are also amazing human beings. I am so proud of them and love that they are so close and supportive of each other.

2. Do you have a prized possession?
I have some wonderful possessions including gifts, art, family momentos from loved ones, including a wonderful collection of family photos. However, I can’t think of any one material thing that would be a “prized possession.” My prized possession would have to be my memories.

3. What qualities do you think others love about you?
I think they would think I was a very positive person, intuitive and very loyal and giving… and fun to be with! But who knows? I guess I will have to ask them…What do you think Hilary?

4. If you could do anything other than what you currently do, what would it be?
I probably would write about real estate and mentor new people in the business. Real estate is in “my blood.”   It would be hard to give it up. I could write a book with my daughter on beautifully designed homes in San Francisco and use samples of many of the wonderful homes she has designed. I can also write a book on architecture or a book titled “The Art of Negotiation” and/or “Navigating the Deal.”

5. What do you like most about what you do for a living/career?
I have a great passion for my work. My clients drive my success, they know I am always there for them. It is fulfilling and edifying to work with such wonderful people. A great joy for me is to work with my son and business partner Robert. He is a phenomenal seasoned agent and it gives me great gratification to see and learn from his success.

6. What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?
I put my feet on the ground and say a little prayer “thank you God for a wonderful new day and all that I have received.” Then I have a cup of coffee!

7. What’s your favorite thing to do on a Friday night?
This time of year my husband and I like to go to our granddaughter’s Friday night volleyball games. She is competitive and has a great overhand serve.  It is so much fun to watch her play. They are such a wonderful group of girls. It is so wonderful to see the team spirit and camaraderie.  Other than that, if we are not attending a family or charity event, we would enjoy a nice quiet dinner or a movie with a hot dog and popcorn.

8. What were you passionate about in your younger years growing up?
When I was a child I was passionate about having fun! I could never understand why my parents didn’t want to go out and play every day!

9.What are you passionate about now?
I am passionate about my spectacular grandchildren. They enrich my life and bring me great joy.

10. What’s your favorite season and why?
I love all the seasons but I guess if I had to pick one it would be springtime. Easter is a wonderful holiday and the land comes alive with new spring foliage and colors. Not to mention it is a great season for Real Estate!

11. If you were a cocktail or a drink what would it be?
In honor of my golfing family it would have to be a non-alcoholic Arnold Palmer.

12. What’s the #1 most played song on your iPod?
My fabulously creative son Geoff has programmed all of my favorite songs on my IPOD. They range from Bobby McFerrin’s Don’t Worry be Happy, to Tony Bennett, The Beatles, Frank Sinatra, Bono, Train and Alicia Keys. I just listen to what comes up first.

13. If you could have lunch with anyone, living or dead, who would it be?
It would be with my dad.

14. If your life was made into a movie, what would it be called?
Glorious Adventure…or maybe Glorious Journey.

15. Do you have any regrets?
No         

16. Define Freedom.
Freedom to me means the ability to pursue ones dreams and happiness.

17. What are your personal core values?
My faith is very important to me. Other core values that are extremely important is loyalty, integrity and honesty. My philosophy in life is always to be kind and to be grateful.

Conversations with Hilary: Donna Randall, CEO of the Cancer Prevention Institute of California

For Breast Cancer Awareness month, I sat down with newly appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Cancer Prevention Institute of California, Donna Randall. This past July she began her new role with CPIC, an organization PlumpJack has supported for the past 15 years, through our annual Golf Tournament, which has raised nearly $3 million for Cancer Research.

As former Chancellor of Michigan’s Albion College, she brings fundraising, national advocacy and financial expertise to the Bay Area Nonprofit. Dr. Randall was the first woman to serve as president of the college in its 178-year history and  has served as a board member of more than 15 corporate, community and policy organizations.

Having been a board member of the CPIC for the past 15 years I look forward to seeing Donna shape and guide the future of CPIC. In her role as CEO, she will work to advance CPIC’s mission of large-scale impact on cancer prevention.
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1. What do you believe to be your greatest accomplishment?
I think my greatest accomplishment is having raised a daughter with my husband, Paul. Kate is now 26 years old and is a bright, thoughtful, and kind person.

2. Do you have a prized possession?
It is a wind-up toy collection! For over 40 years, I have collected wind-up toys and probably have 300 to 400 toys. I suppose I should count them one day. The collection is fun because each toy is unique (from kangaroos that flip backwards to colorful plates of sushi that spin around). The collection never fails to amuse people…all the way from three-year old’s to ninety year old’s.

3. What qualities do you think others love about you?
I am a down-to-earth person who sees humor in most situations and who doesn’t take herself too seriously.

4. If you could do anything other than what you currently do, what would it be?
I would probably be a tour director. I have always been fascinated by different cultures and customs and enjoy travel. As a child and adult, I have lived in many different states, as well as in France, Ireland and Canada. As a tour director, I would be able to help people experience the beauty of new lands and deepen their understanding of those people who live there.

5. What do you like most about what you do for a living/career?
I am passionate about the mission of The Cancer Prevention Institute of California. Cancer will impact one in two of us during our lifetime. Our research scientists are working hard to find out who gets cancer, why, and what can we do to prevent it. While we are making good progress, there is so much more work to be done to prevent this devastating disease.

6. What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?
I have a cup of coffee and read the New York Times. The smell and warmth of coffee helps me wake up, and the newspaper gives me a glimpse into the lives of others around the world and anchors my day.

7. What’s your favorite thing to do on a Friday night?
I love to watch foreign films, especially French films. As an undergraduate, I gained fluency in French and was able to do a semester abroad in Lyon, France, as well as work for a French artist during one summer in Paris. While I no longer have fluency in French, watching French films brings back great memories!

8. What were you passionate about in your younger years growing up?
Right out of college, I worked as a white-collar crime analyst for the Iowa Bureau of Criminal Investigation. I was fascinated by the motivation of white-collar criminals. This passion led me to go to graduate school in sociology to study this form of deviance and later, as a business faculty member, to research white-collar crime.

9. What are you passionate about now?
Helping to prevent cancer. Over my lifetime, many members of my family, as many other families in the nation, have been touched by cancer. I saw the impact of cancer on their lives and on those who cared about them. I want to help create a world without cancer.

10. What’s your favorite season and why?
Definitely summer! I love the warmth of the season and the pace that comes with summer. While I like being outdoors, especially in California, I would be remiss in my job if I did not remind others that sun screen is a necessity.

11. If you were a cocktail or a drink what would it be?
Commonwealth Cocktail. This is a drink that was created just this year in celebration of the nations and territories competing in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. The cocktail is billed as one of the most complicated as it has 71 ingredients, one from each nation that competed in the games. I like to think that I have taken a piece of every place that I have lived and every person that I’ve known and this amalgamation has created who I am today.

12. If you could have lunch with anyone, living or dead, who would it be?
Vincent Van Gogh. I am intrigued by his art, his mind and his life. I am in awe of his talent and, especially, his exquisite use of color.

13. Do you have any regrets?
I wish I learned more languages when I was younger. I learned to speak French, but I never ventured to learn other languages. Being able to speak a language opens up a door into another world. Through language one can understand more fully the culture, history, art, and customs of a people. I am tempted these days to try my hand at learning Spanish.

14. Define Freedom.
For me, freedom is most importantly the right not to live under oppressive, undemocratic forms of government.

15. What are your personal core values?
I believe in kindness and honesty in how we treat each other and an acceptance of our own limitations. I believe that each of us is here on earth to make the world a better place.

Conversations with Hilary: Zem Joaquin of Ecofabulous

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I am continually impressed with my friend Zem and her entrepreneurial spirit and passion when it comes to the environment. She is a true champion of the eco-lifestyle. She is the Founder of Ecofabulous.com which is a great resource, and she is involved in so many innovative and inspiring organizations, like Global Green USA and the Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation Institute. In this Conversations with Hilary she reveals so much about herself and her passions – enjoy.

What do you believe to be your greatest accomplishment?
My greatest accomplishment is discerning that my kids’ asthma was caused by environmental factors and then eradicating it, which led to my very unplanned career.
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Do you have a prized possession? What?

I love my Tesla. It isn’t the high tech gadgetry or the luxurious interior, it is the immense joy I get zooming past gas stations, knowing I’ll never have to stop at one again.

What do you love about yourself? What do you think others love about you?
I love that I’m led by passion. I think that my friends like my zest for life and my deep loyalty, especially when the cards are down.

If you could be anything other than what you currently are, what would it be?
A doctor.

What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?
I make breakfast and pack lunch for my kids.

What’s your favorite thing to do on a Friday night?
Go over to Gina Pell’s house. Her husband Dave makes us dinner while we compare notes on the week and catch up on projects like her new emoji app LOLy.

What do you like most about what you do for a living/career?
It allows me to work with people I greatly admire and to do everything I love. I deeply enjoy writing but not when I am required to do so. My career allows me to design spaces that are healthy and inspiring, yet I still get to celebrate products and brands I am enamored with. It allows me to travel (sometimes too much) and keeps me on the cutting edge of science. What’s not to love?

What were you passionate about when you were young?
As a kid I was always passionate about nature and animals. Growing up on a commune, I was surrounded by creatures and I felt the need to protect them. As a teenager I was distracted by clubbing but passionate about entrepreneurship, starting my first business while still in high school. I was also always passionate about traveling and getting to know other cultures. In my twenties I traveled all over the world, living in London, Paris and Italy. That is when I became determined to do my part to make the world a better place.

What are you passionate about now?
Protecting the environment.
Excellent design.
Cradle to Cradle thinking.
Iceland.
My daughter’s riding.
My son’s scientific exploration.
Writing and performing raps with my amazing husband.
TED.
Art.
Architecture.
Global Green’s Gorgeous & Green event that I will chair on October 10th for the 10th year!

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Summer. I love being warm and being outside, hiking, diving, rafting, kayaking, riding horses, fishing, drinking Campari and soda with friends on a porch.

If you were a cocktail or drink, what would it be?
I’d probably be an organic tequila and soda. Fun (sometimes too much fun), effervescent, reliable, resilient, well-traveled but light on the planet.

If you were stranded on a desert island, what 3 items would you want to have with you?
Flint, blankets and fishing gear… I’ve never missed a season of Survivor.

If you could be invisible for a day, what would you do?
I’d go hang out behind the scenes of the White House to see what’s really going on.

What’s the #1 most played song on your iPod?
Landslide

If you could have lunch with anyone, living or dead, who would it be?

Dean Kamen and Bill McDonough. Dean is the greatest living inventor (along with Elon Musk) and Bill is the most inspirational environmental designer. Together they can redesign the world beautifully.

If your life was made into a movie, what would it be called?
Ecofabulous, of course.

Do you have any regrets?
I try not to, but I probably would have spent even more time with my beloved grandmothers.

Define Freedom.
Being able to choose what you do for a living, for fun and for the world.

What are your personal core values?
Spread joy, be compassionate and respect all species and the planet. Show up! I live by this Bill McDonough quote: “We need to love all children of all species for all time.”

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You can follow Zem on Twitter @zem

Conversations with Hilary: Hall of Famer Joe Montana

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Joe, son Nicholas, wife Jennifer, son Nathaniel, daughters Elizabeth and Alexandra

I am ecstatic to have one of the greatest football players of all time, Joe Montana, as my guest this month. I could go on forever about his athletic accomplishments: He lead the San Francisco 49ers to four Superbowl Championships during the 1980s, including consecutive wins in 1989 and 1990. An inspirational leader and talented passer, he was named the National Football League’s most valuable player three times. He joined the Kansas City Chiefs 1993–5, before retiring with NFL playoff records for completions, yards, and touchdowns. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000.

This last Saturday, July 12th, Joe and his former teammates Jerry Rice, Ronnie Lott, Dwight Clark and many other 49er legends took on Dan Marino and a team of NFL All-Stars to play the last game in the iconic Candlestick Park (The Stick). All proceeds from this event went to the San Francisco Police Foundation and the San Francisco Firefighters Cancer Prevention Foundation. Joe may have shown off his athletic talents on the field on Saturday, but what is more impressive is his dedication to philanthropy via the Four Rings Montana Family Foundation. The Foundation was established in 2004 by Joe and his wife Jennifer to support a variety of charities and causes – primarily in the area of improving the lives of underprivileged individuals who have experienced neglect, abuse, and immigration challenges. Joe and Jennifer have four beautiful children and live in the Northern California wine country.

Conversations with Hilary: Hall of Famer Joe Montana

What do you believe to be your greatest accomplishment?
To have a dream as a boy and to have that dream become a reality. Knowing what I know now, this could only have happened with the love and support of my family along the way.

Do you have a prized possession? 
My wife! Though she is not a possession.

What do you love about yourself? What do you think others love about you?
The fact that I never quit, never give up. Those that don’t know me personally might say the way I played the game of football. But those that know me better, Jennifer (I had to ask her) would say my “generosity, kindness and ease in which I converse with others”.

If you could be anything other than what you currently are, what would it be?
A singer

What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?
Have coffee and a donut with Jen.

What’s your favorite thing to do on a Friday night?
Go to the wine country, make dinner, and just hang with family and friends.

What do you like most about what you do for a living?
What I did was play the most exciting game in the world. It has giving me the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people and in turn, experience new wonderful opportunities.

What were you passionate about when you were younger?
SPORTS. I went form football season to basketball season to baseball season.

What are you passionate about now?
Spending as much time with my family as possible! When I was playing, I feel as though I missed a lot. I can’t make up for those times, but I can enjoy trying.

What’s your favorite season? Why?
I like summer and winter… Summer for the sunshine and winter for the snuggling up next to a fire.

If you were a cocktail, what would you be?
A Manhattan, because it’s old school and a little bit sweet, a little bit sour.

If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items would you want to have with you?
Magnifying glass, machete, a blanket.

If you could be invisible for a day, what would you do?
Be in the cockpit of a F-16 during a dog fight.

What’s the #1 most played song on your iPod?
Should Have Been a Cowboy.

If you could have lunch with anyone, living or dead, who would it be?
JFK

If your life was made into a movie, what would it be called?
“Hey Joe, Hey Joe”. It’s what our youngest son Nicholas called me (at 2 years), not “Daddy.” That’s what he heard people on the street say.

Do you have any regrets?
Yes, playing football caused me to miss a fun part of our kids youth.

Define Freedom.
Having the ability to make your own choices.

What are your personal core values?
Integrity, compassion, honesty.

Conversations with Hilary: Pitcher Barry Zito

barry zitoI am deeply grateful for my new friendship with Barry Zito, one of the greatest pitchers of Major League Baseball. With a 2002 Cy Young Award under his belt, as well as two world series championships with The San Francisco Giants, you will be happy to know that Barry is just as awesome off the field. He and his lovely wife Amber live in San Diego and are expecting their first child together. An avid philanthropist, Zito founded the charity Strikeouts For Troops, a national non-profit that provides comforts of home and lifts the spirits and morale of injured troops as well as offering support to military families. What a guy!  And, with Father’s Day approaching, is all I can say is Baby Zito will be one lucky kid! 

What do you believe to be your greatest accomplishment?
Giving my life to God.

Do you have a prized possession?
I love my guitars but I try not to be too attached to anything.

What do you love about yourself? What do you think others love about you?
My awareness levels. Not quite sure.

If you could be anything other than what you currently are, what would it be?
Songwriter, professionally.

BARRY ZITOWhat’s the first thing you do when you wake up?
Give thanks.

What’s your favorite thing to do on a Friday night?
Go to the movies.

What do you like most about what your career?
The constant challenge of it.

What were you passionate about when you were younger?
Baseball, friends, and experimenting with things I should not have.

What are you passionate about now?
My family and spiritual practice.
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What’s your favorite season? Why?
Winter: I love Pea coats.

If you were a cocktail or drink what would it be?
An old fashioned.

If you were stranded on a desert island, what 3 items would you bring with you?
Guitar, water desalinator, TempurPedic pillow.

If you could be invisible for a day, what would you do?
Run around on an NFL field during a game.

What’s the #1 most played song on your iPod?
Girl From Ipanema by Jobim.

If you could have lunch with anyone, living or dead, who would it be?
My mother.

Do you have any regrets?
No.

zittDefine Freedom.
The ability to trust your gut inherently.

What are your personal core values?
Integrity, discipline, Morality.