Colangelo Prize winners connect service, spirituality
Rick Vacek story
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Just by name, the Jerry Colangelo Servant Leadership Awards involve spirituality. And there were certainly plenty of them this Tuesday morning as the four recipients of the second annual honors were presented.
But the event was also filled with emotion, and no one was more gripped by its significance than Dave donaldson.
Colangelo, who played a major role in making Phoenix what it is today, is more than just a role model for Donaldson. The co-founder and president of CityServe, which partners with Grand Canyon University in its continued mission of serving the western Phoenix community, sees him as a father figure.
“The greatest honor is to be honored by one of your heroes,” Donaldson said.
Then he turned to Colangelo and whispered, his voice breaking, “Thank you, Jerry.”
It was the perfect conclusion after the discussions of the other three winners: David Adamé, President and CEO of Chicanos Por La Causa; Bridget binsbacher, executive director of the Cactus League and member of the Peoria City Council; and Barry meguiar, president of Meguiar’s Car Wax and broadcaster of the Christian message with Ignite America.
The prices are based on the three pillars of the Colangelo College of Business (CCOB):
- The company as a force for good
- Free markets with purpose bring prosperity
- Business as a ministry
The recipients are selected according to:
- Service before you
- Love and take care of your team
- Management of their organization
Donaldson gave insight into his spirit of servant leadership when he told the Canyon 49 Grill audience about the car crash, caused by a drunk driver, which killed his father and left his mother with a broken body and a life of physical challenges.
“My mother taught me, I think, the most spiritual lesson I have ever learned,” Donaldson said. “And that’s when everyone was like, ‘Oh, you’re a victim. Blame the guy who killed your husband and made you weak. The blame company. Go on social assistance. Stay on welfare. … ‘
“But she made the decision to do this: get up – get up every day. And she got up and became one of the major buyers of Dow Chemical. And that’s what we do through CityServe, thanks to God’s help.
“We are helping these families right here in our neighborhood to get up, to stay up, and then they will become wounded healers. God will use them to bring healing and restoration to our community. … This is going to be a model for the nations.
Much like Donaldson tries to model himself on Colangelo. Afterwards, he explained why he was so emotional during the presentation.
“When you’re raised without a father and you have role models like this man, it’s touching,” he said. “They are my elders. I just finished a retreat where guys my age are considering semi-retirement. And then you hang out with these guys and it’s like, ‘Dude, I’m just getting started.’ “
Meguiar, who does a weekly “Ignite with Barry Meguiar” podcast, is one of the “alumni” Donaldson referred to. Meguiar equated his mission with a race and a second wind on the last lap.
“This is where we are now, folks – we are on the last lap…” he said. “We are just running the race that God has set before us. And when we record this tape, (I hope) to be able to hear it say to each of us: “Well done, good and faithful… servant. ‘”
Meguiar, whose enthusiasm is matched only by his effervescent wit, said of the award’s namesake: “Jerry Colangelo – what can you say about this guy? He is my hero. I mean, when I grow up I want to be like Jerry Colangelo. He’s an incredible man.
Like Donaldson, the award was touching for Adame, another community leader who has built a strong and loyal partnership with GCU. He referred to Philippians 2: 3-4 in his speech…
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain vanity. On the contrary, in humility, value others above yourself, do not look for your own interests but each of you for the interests of others.
… And then said the ceremony was “very moving, very spiritual”. He too tried to emulate Colangelo’s example.
“That’s the object of this award, to do something bigger than yourself,” Adame said. “Obviously, Jerry is a role model for this. I watched it while I was growing up, and it was about the community.
“The vision of Chicanos Por La Causa is to empower lives. I try to build different types of championships with my team, because you have to build teams. “
Adame started working as a team with GCU seven years ago when he requested a meeting with the president Brian Mueller and its management team.
“They were very busy, but they took the time to visit,” said Adame. “What I liked about Brian was that he was very sincere when he said, ‘David, I want to work together. I know that together, in synergy, we can even have more impact for the community. ‘ Some people talk a lot, but Brian Mueller and his team actually followed suit. “
Like Adame, Binsbacher stressed the importance of collaboration and was moved to receive the award.
“I was just upset when I heard,” she said. “When you think about what a servant leadership award really means, it’s very special. All of our success seems to come from collaborations and partnerships and uplifting others and sharing their successes. And that’s what it’s about – it’s giving back, however we can. “
This is exactly the kind of CCOB Dean message Dr Randy Gibb and his committee were looking when they picked the four winners. He said the recipients were chosen for these reasons:
- Adame’s service and leadership to the community has been important in helping families, and her expertise and business outlook are unique.
- Binsbacher serves both in the public and private sectors, and the spring training has a big economic impact in the valley and creates family experiences.
- Meguiar has practiced business as a ministry shaping the word of Christ in his personal and professional life.
- Donaldson’s passion for service and leadership led to the GCU partnership with CityServe.
“We spend a lot of time thinking about who to give this award because it’s so meaningful to me to say, ‘Look, you’re going to receive this Jerry Colangelo Servant Leadership Award,” Gibb said. “Everyone who spoke, you could see what it meant for them to meet Mr. Colangelo and grow with him as a fan. “
Just like it means so much to them to serve the community. Adame said it best:
“I get up every morning to thank God for the blessing to be in this seat.”
It’s not about rewards. It’s about getting results for the community, just like Jerry Colangelo.
Contact Rick Vacek at (602) 639-8203 or [email protected].
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