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Scott P. Leary
Bay Area Builders Exchange
How long have you been with your current organization
and/or in your current position?
Twenty-six years, and prior to that five years with a
How did you hear about associations as a career choice?
What brought you to your current organization?
I came to California without any direction shortly after
graduating from college in Central Illinois. I contacted a trade
association executive whom I knew for career advice, and
by chance he had a position open. We made the connection
between my Political Science degree and a Government
What's your hometown? Where were you raised?
I was born in Hartford, CT, but essentially grew up in
Washington, IL, just outside of Peoria.
What do you do to relax? Hobbies?
My wife and I love to spend time with our grandkids. Our daughter
has a rustic houseboat on the Delta, and we picked up a used
pontoon boat to join their adventures. "Boon docking" on the
water and tooling around the Delta is great family fun.
I enjoy swimming laps in the evening at my swim club in the
Oakland Hills, especially during the summer months. It feels like I
am a million miles away surrounded by forest. It's my "Scott time."
I have been a season ticket holder for the Golden State
Warriors since 1992. The last three years have been
What's your favorite type of food?
Seafood, hands down. I love Italian, too. I was raised on New
England seafood with my parents and relatives all hailing
from Boston. It is in our Leary DNA.
Do you have any kids? Pets?
Two stepchildren, three grandchildren. I am extremely proud
of the whole brood. And I also have 21 nieces and nephews.
Family is everything! Our dog Tobi junior is a shar pei-pug
mix, a real showstopper.
What was the last movie you saw
in the theatre and loved?
Can't remember, but it was a 3D kids' movie. I used to go
to the matinee occasionally, but now grandpa prefers his
big screen at home.
What's your favorite singer or band?
I enjoy many types of music, Real Jazz and Bluesville are my
favorite Sirius radio channels. I have grown to love Hawaiian
music too, as my wife is a Hawaiian dancer and teacher. I love
LIVE music, frequently dragging the wife out to see someone
she has never heard of. Yoshi's in Oakland is one of my favorite
haunts. My iPod is full.
What's your favorite
Wine, the ocean, and a hot
tub agree with me. Getting
away with my wife for all
three is great therapy. We
also occasionally commute
together on Fridays and hit
happy hour on the way home,
trying new places as we go.
If you could meet any
famous person or historical
figure, who would it be and
what would you ask/tell him/her?
How remarkable it would be to experience Jesus, Buddha,
Abraham, or any one of the founders of the world's great religions.
I would love to meet George Washington and Abraham
Lincoln. I would try to express gratitude for their extraordinary
courage and integrity, and let them know we are forever indebted
to them for the freedoms we still enjoy. And I would ask, "Can I
help with anything?"
What's your favorite quote?
"Keep your problems small," and "Beware of comfort,"
both from the same wise man, Tarthang Tulku.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Executive - May/June 2017
The Tipping Point of Association Learning
6 Ways to Use Video at Your Annual Event
Embrace Unconventional Learning Formats to Educate and Engage Attendees
Force Majeure: When Can I Cancel My Contract With No Liability?
2017 Elevate Annual Conference
Chair’s Message: It’s Been an Education by Mike Mitchell, CAE
At a Glance
Destination: Los Angeles, Anaheim, Temecula, San Diego
Member Spotlight: Scott P. Leary
Index to Advertisers
The Executive - May/June 2017 - intro
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The Executive - May/June 2017 - Chair’s Message: It’s Been an Education by Mike Mitchell, CAE
The Executive - May/June 2017 - At a Glance
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The Executive - May/June 2017 - The Tipping Point of Association Learning
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The Executive - May/June 2017 - 6 Ways to Use Video at Your Annual Event
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The Executive - May/June 2017 - Embrace Unconventional Learning Formats to Educate and Engage Attendees
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The Executive - May/June 2017 - New Members
The Executive - May/June 2017 - Force Majeure: When Can I Cancel My Contract With No Liability?
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The Executive - May/June 2017 - 2017 Elevate Annual Conference
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The Executive - May/June 2017 - Destination: Los Angeles, Anaheim, Temecula, San Diego
The Executive - May/June 2017 - Index to Advertisers
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