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Hi I'm George

I'm an entrepreneur who's always looking for new challenges. I live in Colorado and love mountain biking. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Indiana and grew up in Chicago. My father was born in Greece. I grew up in the Greek Orthodox church. I was lucky to grow up with great parents who were always a part of my life (school, sports, etc.). Growing up in Chicago and being Greek means there's a good chance your family is in the restaurant business, and we were. I worked there from the age of 12 and as I look back, so many of the lessons in my life (responsibility, service and leadership) I learned there. I was an undergrad at DePaul University in Chicago, and attended law school at the University of Miami. I guess after 21 years of cold winters in Chicago, South Florida sounded appealing. I always dreamed of being in business, and law school was a great education for that purpose...although it was interesting telling my parents that I really didn't plan on becoming an attorney. Over the past 25 years, I've had the opportunity to start and turn around many businesses. Along the way, I learned many valuable lessons. Most important among these experiences was meeting and learning from a number of creative and talented people who served as mentors and examples of the type of person I strive to become each day. I currently live in Denver with my wife and three kids. I'm very fortunate to have a great family that I love very much. My wife is one of the most talented people I know. Having the right partner has been a blessing in my life. I truly believe I can accomplish anything with her at my side.

Why I am a Mormon

I must admit I really never thought I'd become a Mormon. I have always believed in God, but had finally concluded in college that His church doesn't exist on earth. But I kept searching and then one day, while in my 30's my business partner started dating a girl that was a Mormon who asked him to go to church with her. He asked me if I knew anything about Mormons, and other than Donny and Marie I didn't. As he started attending he conveyed that the church's beliefs were very consistent with our philosophy and how we saw the world. At that point I became intrigued and started to attend. I convinced my wife (fiancé at the time) to attend with me. Our search for the truth extended over 4 years finally culminating with both of us being baptized in 1997. The doctrine of the church is what helped us both in our conversion. The answers to simple questions like where we came from, why we're here and where we're going after this life were answered simply and deeply. The more we learned about the church the more it made sense logically and spiritually. I have never been happier than as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. To live each day with an eternal, rather than a temporal perspective is almost indescribable. Some of the simple truths that have had the greatest impact on me is that anyone can have the opportunity to learn of Jesus Christ, either in this life or the next, and have the opportunity to eternal salvation. The fact that we are Spirit children of our Heavenly Father and thus have the Divine Potential to be like Him and have all that He has is such an uplifting message. Not sure how you can feel anything but positive knowing who you are and the potential you have. Another gospel truth I love is that the Lord will help us continue to grow throughout our lives here on earth. That knowledge makes it so much easier to get through some of the harder times knowing that a trial we are experiencing is really there to help us grow.

How I live my faith

One of the things I noticed early on when I joined the church is how members do their best to really live their faith. It's not just a "Sunday" thing for them. They try to live it everyday and that has been such an example to me. I try to live each day with the thought that I have an opportunity each morning to try and improve a little more...to be a better person and someone my family will love and respect. The thing I love about our church is that it is member-driven. There is no paid clergy and we, as members, fill all the callings and serve each other. Each of the callings I've had have taught me spiritual and temporal lessons and have helped me grow as a person and a Spiritual Son of Heavenly Father. Once again, seeing other members fulfill their callings has been such an example to me of the type of person I can become. It's inspiring to me and helps me to keep things in perspective and remain humble...knowing that I'm doing OK, but can strive and have the support of those around me to become all that I can be. In the end, the church has taught me that we're all in this together, and that "service" is the key. When I'm helping others, I forget about my own trials. Through service, that connection with others becomes stronger, and I can get a glimpse of what we all can accomplish if we focus on our similarities instead of our differences. And that's another thing I love about our church - it is truly a worldwide church, with members all over the globe. No matter where you go in the world, the church is there, and that feels great.