My role primarily involves strategic planning and operational review. That is, I listen to the team, watch for trends outside of Glimmer, ask lots of questions and suggest various ideas. I am directly engaged in finance and investments, donor relations, marketing, media and microfinance. I enjoy the creative, forward looking and innovative side of Glimmer as well as the presentations I do to students at various universities.
Originally from Ireland, I moved to London in 1979 and worked for several multi-national corporations. I joined my first start-up Expert Information Systems in 1984 and formed Financia in 1988. In 1990, Financia was sold to and merged with Frontier Financial of Houston which is when I moved with my family to the United States. In 1995, we moved to Austin and I formed CyBerCorp, an online trading firm that sold five years later to Charles Schwab.
In 2001, I joined my wife Donna who had already started working on A Glimmer of Hope. We started A Glimmer of Hope to help relieve some of the pain on the planet and because we believed there had to be a better way of implementing international aid and development. To have been blessed with success in business was exciting but to be able to use those skills to help make a real difference in the lives of so many is fulfilling and purposeful.
Do we want to be remembered as the generation that watched Africa go up in flames while we stood around with watering cans?Bono