The Decision Makers Series is one of our staff’s favorite because decision making is a topic that so many of us have studied deeply.

Elvin Lai | President & CEO of Ocean Park Inn Hotel

Two days before my 21st birthday, my father passed away shoving me into an unknown world with unknown obligations and responsibilities. I took a month after my father’s passing and thought only about how I should move forward. In the end, only thing that mattered that still hold true today is the promise I made my father while visiting him in his casket; that I would take care of mom and rebuild the family name. I didn’t know how to do that, so I set out to ask my father’s friends, business associates and my friends parents. This became my board of governors. My group of advisors that I went to, sometimes daily, for advice, suggestions, direction and to bounce ideas. Creating this board of governors was the single most important decision of my life, gaining me access to a wealth of knowledge from people who wanted to see me succeed. There were enough nay sayers, even in my own family. Read more>>

Justen Brown | Husband, Dad, Servant, Entrepreneur & Adventurer

The single most is difficult as many lead into the one decision. making sure my family and I follow the Lord Jesus Christ, love and serve those around us. Have high integrity, character, genuinely see the best in others. I believe as long as you take care of those around you or connected to you we will see success. often times my greatest strength is my greatest weakness and that is putting others in front of mine or me families needs. Read more>>

Sacha Hope | Artist

Making a life for myself where I do what I love for a living has been such a gift. I get to paint all day, I get to create landscapes and portraits and abstracts full of light, color and joy. Each step of my journey I have never thought of my occupation or career as work. Being able to blend work and play seamlessly throughout life has changed me. The arts have always guided me. I have been lucky to take my skills in so many directions. Each stage helping me grow and succeed as a person. Each new pathway or door opening to a lesson. Being surrounded by interesting and inspiring people. What more could you ask for, and still pay the rent, put food on the table and clothe your family? Find a way to do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life. Read more>>

Morgan King | Residential Realtor

The single most important decision I’ve made (and continually make) is to not allow anything outside of myself the power to determine my worthiness. I’ve re-framed my belief system into knowing I am worthy just because. There is not prerequisite. There is no client, no amount of money, no accolade, or no external thing that has the ability take away my worth. Once I decided this, I was able to truly enjoy my life, and find fulfillment in my work. If I didn’t get a deal, it wasn’t meant for me in the first place, and I didn’t take it personally. Especially in a field that has significant ups and downs each day, it is important to not allow those to define me. We often give so much power to people, situations, and things outside of us, and it becomes and endless cycle that can never be met, because only when you look within, can you find what it is that you’re looking for. Read more>>