My Dream for Aileron
March 27, 2011
I’ve always been a dreamer. I was taught to believe in “the great American dream” by my parents, who were part of the greatest generation in our country’s history. In 2005, I wrote a book entitled “Dream No Little Dreams” that depicts my life’s story and my journey pursuing my own vision of the American dream.
Traveling on this long and winding path, I learned that a dream must become a vision before it can become a reality. This conversion requires a plan. I learned that all successful, sustainable organizations bring their vision to life through long-term strategic planning and the fundamentals of professional management.
My first business started with the dream of its founder, Paul Iams. I came along about two decades later, and over a period of years was able to articulate a vision, put a plan together, and the rest is history. During that period, I stumbled across the concept of professional management.
The evolution of Aileron started with my dream of using my resources to help entrepreneurs, and paying back the mentors for all the help and guidance they gave me throughout the years. We developed a vision statement and put a strategic plan together, complete with world class facilities and organizational plans. In 2008, we seated our first outside board of advisors, comprised of noted scholars, consultants, and practitioners. My hope for Aileron is that it will forever meet the needs of future generations of entrepreneurs, practicing what it preaches – using professional management to guide its mission and shape a brighter future for our communities.