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PORTRAIT

Tim Mack
Member Services/Marketing
Manager, ILMA
"I think the key for me is to be
yourself, be enthusiastic and
don't be a jerk. Life is pretty
hard, and we're all in this together. Love the people around you
and help each other out."
forget. Every day was something completely new, from eating
the best dumplings I've ever had in a restaurant the size of
my living room, to standing in one of most densely populated
intersections on the planet."

MORE THAN A GAME

FINDING THE RIGHT FIT
"I graduated from high school in 2008, at the height of the
financial crisis. I entered college that fall and had absolutely
no idea what I wanted to do with my life. I took both microeconomics and macroeconomics as a freshman and figured
that with the economy in shambles, maybe someone would
eventually hire me if I studied economics! Then, once I graduated college ... I floated around for a little while before finding
my home at ILMA. I was the receptionist at the nonprofit my
mom worked at. I sold gelato at Nationals Park (really, I just
watched baseball). I refereed youth basketball. Finally, I found
a sweet-looking job - on Craigslist of all places. That was all
in 2013, and I've been here at ILMA ever since.
"Working with ILMA has been so amazing. I was able to combine some of the skills I learned from being the new kid with
some things I learned in college about economics! It was the
perfect fit. I really enjoy working to support such a vital industry to our economy; it makes every day feel important. That
18-year-old freshman who got an A in his economics classes
would be proud of me now. I also love seeing all of members at
the meetings twice a year. The best part of ILMA is the people.
One of the things I love most about ILMA and its members are
that the people are just as important as the business. I try to
embody that in my work each and every day."

BUILDING A WORLD VIEW
"In the summer of 2010, I studied abroad in Hong Kong for
about a month. I was in an economics and political science
program with students from all over the world. It was so cool
to get to meet young people from all different walks of life. I
now can say I have friends from China, the Philippines, Nepal,
Hungary, Germany and more. It taught me that we're really
not all that different, no matter where we come from or what
different perspectives we have. People have the same dreams,
thoughts, fears and goals. It was amazing to get to experience
a city on the other side of the world and is something I'll never

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"I'm a huge sports fan. The Washington Nationals and Capitals
are my favorite teams. I love sports because it gives you an
opportunity to be a part of something that is bigger than
yourself. It's about history, connections and memories. My
favorite sports memory is when the Capitals won the Stanley
Cup in 2018. I'll never forget celebrating in the streets of D.C.,
beer flying through the air (in a good way), go-go bands blasting their music and everyone dancing - tens of thousands of
people in pure triumph and joy, celebrating together in the
streets. I'm not sure I'll ever hug that many strangers again.
That's what I love most about sports, the shared moments of
pure emotion between complete strangers."

THE NEW KID
"My dad was in the Navy. He graduated from the Naval Academy and served for over 20 years as a submariner and at the Pentagon. So, we moved a lot. I was always the new kid. I moved
seven times, lived in five different states (Maryland, California,
Rhode Island, Connecticut and Virginia) and went to a dozen
different schools before I turned 18. I got really good at being
the new kid. Being the new kid is hard - it can seem like everyone already has all their friends and has no room in their lives
for more. It's scary; you're worried about not making friends or
not fitting in. You're comparing everything to your old life. Life
won't wait around while you get over being nervous or scared.
So, early on, I decided that I would face every move and every
new situation with enthusiasm. I figured that if I was going to
be a scared new kid all the time, I might as well look on the
bright side and dwell on the possibilities of the future instead
of what I missed about the past. I didn't want to constantly be
thinking about my old school, old house or old friends. I missed
them all, but I had to move forward. I needed to make new
friends. So, I would jump in with both feet.
"I'm thankful for my dad's time in the Navy. One of the main
things I learned from moving so much is how important the
people in your life are. They are what you get you through the
hard times, and they're what makes the good times that much
better. Love the hell out of them, lean on them when things get
tough and be there for them to lean on when they need it."


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ILMA Compoundings – November 2019

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of ILMA Compoundings – November 2019

LETTER FROM THE CEO
INSIDE ILMA
WHAT’S COMING UP
INDUSTRY RUNDOWN
In the Know
International Insight
Market Report
STRATEGIES FOR THE FUTURE
ENGAGED AND AWARE
BEHIND THE SCENES
BUSINESS HUB
COUNSEL COMPOUND
WASHINGTON LANDSCAPE
IN NETWORK
Member Connections
PORTRAIT
ILMA Compoundings – November 2019 - Cover1
ILMA Compoundings – November 2019 - Cover2
ILMA Compoundings – November 2019 - 1
ILMA Compoundings – November 2019 - 2
ILMA Compoundings – November 2019 - LETTER FROM THE CEO
ILMA Compoundings – November 2019 - INSIDE ILMA
ILMA Compoundings – November 2019 - 5
ILMA Compoundings – November 2019 - 6
ILMA Compoundings – November 2019 - 7
ILMA Compoundings – November 2019 - 8
ILMA Compoundings – November 2019 - 9
ILMA Compoundings – November 2019 - 10
ILMA Compoundings – November 2019 - 11
ILMA Compoundings – November 2019 - WHAT’S COMING UP
ILMA Compoundings – November 2019 - 13
ILMA Compoundings – November 2019 - 14
ILMA Compoundings – November 2019 - 15
ILMA Compoundings – November 2019 - INDUSTRY RUNDOWN
ILMA Compoundings – November 2019 - 17
ILMA Compoundings – November 2019 - 18
ILMA Compoundings – November 2019 - In the Know
ILMA Compoundings – November 2019 - International Insight
ILMA Compoundings – November 2019 - 21
ILMA Compoundings – November 2019 - Market Report
ILMA Compoundings – November 2019 - 23
ILMA Compoundings – November 2019 - STRATEGIES FOR THE FUTURE
ILMA Compoundings – November 2019 - 25
ILMA Compoundings – November 2019 - 26
ILMA Compoundings – November 2019 - 27
ILMA Compoundings – November 2019 - 28
ILMA Compoundings – November 2019 - 29
ILMA Compoundings – November 2019 - 30
ILMA Compoundings – November 2019 - 31
ILMA Compoundings – November 2019 - ENGAGED AND AWARE
ILMA Compoundings – November 2019 - 33
ILMA Compoundings – November 2019 - 34
ILMA Compoundings – November 2019 - 35
ILMA Compoundings – November 2019 - BEHIND THE SCENES
ILMA Compoundings – November 2019 - 37
ILMA Compoundings – November 2019 - 38
ILMA Compoundings – November 2019 - 39
ILMA Compoundings – November 2019 - BUSINESS HUB
ILMA Compoundings – November 2019 - 41
ILMA Compoundings – November 2019 - COUNSEL COMPOUND
ILMA Compoundings – November 2019 - 43
ILMA Compoundings – November 2019 - 44
ILMA Compoundings – November 2019 - WASHINGTON LANDSCAPE
ILMA Compoundings – November 2019 - Member Connections
ILMA Compoundings – November 2019 - 47
ILMA Compoundings – November 2019 - PORTRAIT
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