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Giving Back Through Team Building | Geoff, Co-Founder of R&D Events

Blog-Header-GeoffThis November, R&D Events is looking back on a year of giving back to the community through our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) events. We asked each of our team members about their favorite CSR events and also to tell a little bit about their favorite moments during a CSR event. Because giving back through team building is pretty much one of the coolest things that we do at R&D Events.

Geoff, which CSR event is your favorite and why?

I would have to say our Jam Session event where we partner with our clients to give musical instruments to high school students that have a passion for music, but cannot afford their own instrument.  We do such a good job of making it seem like we are only giving one instrument away that when it’s revealed that all of the students will receive one, the emotions that are shown are so genuine that you cannot help but get wrapped up in the moment.  I am not a super emotional guy, but I definitely find myself being swept up in the moment every time.  I have even been known to shed a few tears…

Learn more about Jam Session here.

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View more Jam Session photos here.

What are three words that you think define team building through CSR events?

Unique, Generous, Memorable

What is your favorite CSR event memory?

In 2013 we were asked to design a volunteer program for one of my favorite clients who were headed to Hawaii for their annual sales meeting.  The event was taking place on Maui’s west side which, coincidentally, is where my wife grew-up.  I spent nearly a month researching a variety of different projects, but could not find any that could accommodate 250 persons .  Then my wife said, “why don’t you see if you can give back to my old high school”?  Once contact was made, not only did they need assistance at the high school, but we were able to split the group up and give back to the middle and elementary schools as well.  This was a fairly straight forward project that involved little more than landscaping around the school grounds, but what made it so memorable for me was the interaction with the teachers and faculty at the school that remembered my wife.  They told me stories about her high school days and I truly felt like I was walking in her footsteps for a brief period of time.  To cap it off, I was able to hire my brother and sister-in-law to work the event which allowed me to build a stronger bond with them as well.

A few months later I returned to Maui for a wedding.  At the wedding, I met a bunch of people whom I had never met before.  Nearly all of them came up to me and said “you’re the guy who did that project at Lahainaluna High School.  Right on bro!”  Because of this project I had earned the respect of the locals, which in Hawaiian culture, is really all that is important.

What are you thankful for this Holiday season?

I am so blessed to have such a wonderful family that supports me as we work to grow and expand the R&D Events brand to new cities.  I am also thankful to be afforded the opportunity to travel throughout the country and visit new and exotic locations with our clients.   Three trips to Maui this year was pretty sweet!

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