PenFed People: Steve
When I was in Hong Kong, my managing director asked me to go visit with the dean at the Hong Kong School of the Blind and see what we can do to extend our relationship with them.
They were like “how can you work with our students and give them experience of a lifetime.”
And the light went off in my head and I said, “OK, I could probably take these visually impaired students climbing.”
And you know, a lot of people looked at me sideways.
Like just think about it. We went out to cliffs in northern Hong Kong that overlooked the South China Sea. Set up the ropes, gave the instructions and you wouldn’t believe how well these kids climbed.
It’s probably one of the most unique things I’ve ever done in my life.
I’ve traveled to every state in the United States except for two, and that was Alaska and Montana, and I’ve been fortunate to hike the highest peaks in every one of those states.
It’s kind of recharging, it’s it’s doing things like you work hard and you play hard.
I learned always to give back. The nonprofit organization that I started was called The Wellness Coalition of San Antonio, and we’ve been noted as one of the fattest cities in the country for many years.
I wanted to do something to kind of offset that and combat that. We were going to small to midsize companies and trying to help them start wellness programs for their employees.
They would learn how to cook and how to be active and take it home to the family.
By helping just enrich someone’s lives in one way, it has a trickling effect to many others. It makes a difference I think, and so that’s what fuels me every day.