Professor Senyo Adjibolosoo conceptualized the Human Factor perspective on ongoing economic growth and sustained human-centered development in 1982. He began to write about this concept when he was a graduate student at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. His long-term vision then was...VIEW FULL BIO
Upon graduating from USC, Steve was a high school teacher for 8 years in the Los Angeles Unified School District. He left the teaching profession to establish his business career, which centered around manufacturing combined with industrial sales and marketing. For the last 32 years Steve owned and managed a custom molded rubber seal and O-ring manufacturing company that was a major supplier to the automotive, water filtration and food processing industries. His business was sold to the Boyd Corporation in 2016.
Steve is now involved with several social enterprises with the purpose of creating revenue that can financially support Christian institutions and universities. He is also on boards of four charities that promote sustainable economic growth in Honduras, Haiti, and Africa, combined with faith-based spiritual development programs.
Steve is passionate about Transformational Character Development through curriculum programs that build a relationship with Christ. A life dedicated to Christ not only changes a person’s value system and character, but also can have a major impact in changing the culture of institutions and corporations that control our political and economic environment.
Steve also is very passionate about Marching Bands, and is a strong supporter of the USC Trojan Marching Band. This enthusiasm for marching bands has carried over into helping the Human Factor Leadership Academy (HFLA) Marching Band in Ghana procure new band uniforms manufactured in the USA by the Fruhauf Company, the same company that makes band uniforms for major universities including Notre Dame.
Steve’s other interests center around gardening and sportfishing. Each summer he takes three 7 to 8 day trips catching yellowtail, yellowfin and bluefin tuna, and wahoo.
He lives in San Diego, is married, and enjoys time with his family, especially his grandsons Brody and Mason.
Executive Board Member
Professor Senyo Adjibolosoo conceptualized the Human Factor perspective on ongoing economic growth and sustained human-centered development in 1982. He began to write about this concept when he was a graduate student at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. His long-term vision then was to establish a unique education program through which a conducive and propelling environment would be created for the effective education of children and adults. These individuals are to grow into the kinds of leaders their nations and communities require to attain and sustain progress in every sphere of life.
Dr. Adjibolosoo refers to the institution at which this education program at all levels will be executed as the Human Factor Leadership Academy (HFLA). The HFLA is the first major international education program of the International Institute for Human Factor Development (IIHFD). The IIHFD was established in 1992 in Vancouver, Canada. The US branch of the IIHFD, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, was established in the late 1990s. The global leadership education program of the IIHFD is dedicated to changing lives throughout the world by producing honest and compassionate leaders.
Founder & President
After earning his undergraduate degree in business and economics, Jason Jenkins, partner and co-founder of Denver, Co.-based Jenkins Wealth Management Group, got started by selling mortgage leads before moving into the fixed annuity space. After hosting a few seminars, he says he quickly realized, “Hey, I really like this.” “You can help people in a significant way. This is really important. People get divorced over money problems; people have heart attacks because of financial crises.”
His desire to help comes with a feeling of responsibility, especially to the senior clients who make up the majority of his business. “I’m a huge fan of history,” he says. “The senior generation deserves the best, because they’ve earned it and they’ve worked hard for their money. So, I’m passionate about doing what I believe is best for our clients. That motivation to serve them is what drives me.”
“We gotta do this”
In 2005, his passion and enthusiasm led Jenkins somewhere unexpected: the Republic of Ghana. Shortly after earning his MBA from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, Calif., he picked up a book by his former economics professor, Dr. Senyo Adjibolosoo, titled “The Human Factor in Leadership Effectiveness.” The more he read, the more excited he became as he highlighted and dog-eared the pages. “I said to myself, ‘Holy cow! How is this message not getting out there?'”
Jenkins set up a meeting with Adjibolosoo, and told him “These ideas can’t die on the bookshelf. People need to be exposed to this. What can we do about it?'” Adjibolosoo explained that he dreamed of one day starting a school based on the principles of leadership and compassion discussed in the book. “I said, ‘We gotta do this,” Jenkins recalls. “I have no idea how, but we’ll figure it out.”
In 2007, they purchased 100 acres in the Volta region of Ghana and begin laying the groundwork for a school. They also converted a former British tobacco factory into a library of more than 80,000 books, the largest in the region. Today, the Human Factor Leadership Academy has more than 250 preschool and elementary-age students, and discussions are underway to expand a portion of the tobacco factory into a high school. The Academy’s website describes the school as “committed to producing honest and compassionate leaders who will one day bring monumental positive changes to the continent of Africa.”
During his time in Ghana, Jenkins says he learned valuable lessons that he now shares with his own children. “If you ask my kids, ‘Where are the best ideas in the whole world?’ they’ll say, ‘ My dad told me they’re in the graveyard, because people didn’t take the risks to make things happen,'” he says. The stories he heard from the village chief and other elders in the community have given him a different perspective on life. “And now I get to turn around and share them with others as life lessons that can spark the most beautiful conversations.”
Like many in the industry, Jenkins expects major changes for advisors in the coming years due to shifts in technology and distribution. But rather than fearing the unknown, Jenkins says he’s confident about his future. Why? “It’s all about value,” he says. The distribution of financial products over the Internet or through big box stores like Walmart and Costco will undoubtedly grab market share, he predicts. “And who will that affect? The products pusher,” he says. “Consumers are changing and that’s forcing the advisors and products to change. The consumers’ voice and their power of choice is going to continue to grow. If an advisor is focusing exclusively on product, rather than process and providing a unique value proposition, then he’s going to have a very tough time. ”
Jenkins says foresight and desire will be key for advisors in the coming years. The successful advisors of the future “are going to invest in themselves. They’re going to invest in their knowledge, their process and their branding so that they are naturally referable and clients will say, ‘This is somebody who cares.'”
The keys to trust
In the past, the financial industry has too often relied on a” slap on the back, ‘Hey, trust me’ mentality,” Jenkins says. “But trust can be a very empty word.” He believes two key components must be present before trust can exist: knowledge and understanding. Jenkins and his brother and business partner Brad, co-founder of the practice, strive to “make deposits” in both areas on a daily basis.
“I’m always asking questions and I always want to be better,” he says. “When I get my car worked on, I want the mechanic to educate me. I want to see where the hose is broken before they start working. And I expect our clients to have that same mentality.”
This focus on knowledge and transparency inspired Jenkins to create a tracking software program that monitors the performance and growth of clients’ portfolios on a daily basis and offers a pre-determined downside that adjusts every day. When clients’ portfolios reach high water values, they are notified electronically. They also have 24/7 access to a dashboard where they can view the portfolio’s current value, high water value, possible downside and other information.
Jenkins says the software has taken the company’s success to a whole new level. And there’s plenty of evidence to support his claim. Jenkins Wealth Management Group brought in over $44 million in new business last year in just eight months, and on a budget of only $65,000. And the firm will soon be upgrading from their current 1,000 square foot office to a 3,200 square foot space, complete with a built-in sound room where the brothers will produce a new radio show that will be broadcast across the Denver metropolitan area.
When Jenkins meets with clients, he hopes to change the way they think about their money. While many advisors emphasize the importance of not running out of money, Jenkins looks at it differently. “Yes, it’s about not running out of money, but it’s also about having a plan that allows them to spend their money with confidence. I want them to be able to give to their favorite charities and do other things to make an impact now. That’s what I believe my clients deserve.” This philosophy was heavily influenced by a recent event in Jenkins’ own life.
In January of 2012, as he and his family prepared to move to Colorado from San Diego, he noticed a strange lump under his left collarbone. His doctor assured him that everything was fine, but when the bump continued to grow, he went back for a second opinion. The next day, Jenkins got a call back from the doctor, who informed him that he had cancer.
Jenkins says he hung up the phone and told himself, ‘OK Jason, you have two choices. You can be angry and scared, or you can run at this with all your strength and you can focus on what you can control.”
In the following days, further tests revealed that he had an extremely rare cancer known as dendritic sarcoma. After conducting his own research, Jenkins discovered that traditional treatment methods like chemotherapy and radiation were often ineffective for his type of cancer. So in August, he made his way to the Envita Medical Center in Scottsdale, AZ, a facility that offers cancer patients customized treatments to boost the immune system, including high doses of Vitamin C and oxygen treatment.
For the following three months, Jenkins lived at the center and underwent intensive therapy five days a week, traveling home on weekends to see his family while his brother Brad ran their practice. In October, a final scan found he was cancer-free.
Jenkins says the experience changed his views on life and his daily conversations with clients. “I realized I had to stop worrying so much and start enjoying today. I need to be present in each moment. Because that’s all we really have. Who says we’re promised tomorrow?”
While he still stresses the importance of saving and planning for tomorrow when he meets with clients, Jenkins says he now also discusses the importance of enjoying the present. “It’s about being responsible for tomorrow but still making sure you enjoy each day. There are moments where you have to stop and say, ‘You can. You can do that.’ When you’re at the fair with your kids, buy them another ice cream cone. Take your wife out to dinner, because you can.”
And the job comes with plenty of rewards. Jenkins says one of his favorite moments is when he can look a client in the eye and say, “You have done a great job.” I’ve watched clients break down in my office; I’ve watched them come around the conference table to hug me. It’s the most beautiful thing.”
Executive Board Member
Clinton is a dedicated Real Estate Professional with over a decade of experience in the San Diego Real Estate Market. He credits his longevity and success to his faith and his belief in serving others. Clinton believes that we all have a level of social responsibility that comes with every level of success we attain and is committed to demonstrating that with his life.
In 2004 he began his real estate career and later became a real estate broker by 2007. After graduating with the MBA Honors Class of 2014 and completing a corporate internship at the World Trade Center San Diego, he decided to launch a small boutique real estate brokerage. Clinton is also one of the founders of the Leadership Ministry at the Rock Church and is the appointed 2nd term Chaplain/Director for the National Association of Real Estate Brokers San Diego Chapter and the State Board California Association of Real Estate Brokers. His goal everyday is to be easily located. Where? On the corner of inspiring others and working on himself.
Executive Board Member
John Demas brings a diverse background of accounting, tax, legal and real estate experience to both the School of Business’ Accountancy Programs and to the Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate. Demas currently teaches undergraduate real estate courses as well as a graduate MSRE Law & Public Policy course. His current estate planning practice is with Goode Hemme & Barger APC. Demas’ applied research interests focus on pedagogy, tax, real estate, sustainability and succession planning. He is licensed before the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Federal Claims, U.S. Tax Court, Federal, 9th and 10th Circuits and California and Colorado state courts. He holds a LEED AP BD+C Certification with the U.S. Green Building Council. Demas also serves as strategic advisor, trustee and director of select privately held organizations.
Executive Board Member
Tammy Gamboa is a native to San Diego. Her career started in the financial arena in 1994 as a Marketing Coordinator with Coldwell Banker in Carlsbad. She has since developed her business career, working with Chase Manhattan and Wells Fargo Home Mortgage. Now, with over 20 years of experience in sales and marketing, she has settled at The New Children’s Museum where she thoroughly enjoys her role as the Sr. Manager of Event Services. Tammy has been on the board of IIHFD for 3 years and thoroughly enjoys every minute of it. She also loves the Lord Jesus Christ, her family and in particular, her two young daughters Brianna and Kaylee.
Justin has worked in the construction industry for 15 years. His expertise is in project management and restoration for commercial and residential properties. He is passionate about peacemaking: at home with his family; through his church Bridge City Heights; and in Ghana through the important work that HFLA does. He lives in San Diego with his wife and three children.
Sabina Adjibolosoo earned her bachelor’s degree in French and Linguistics at the University of Ghana. She also earned a Diplôme Supérieur d’Études Françaises from Université de Dakar and taught French at OLA Girls Senior High School in Kenyasi, Brong Ahafo, Ghana.
Sabina has an extended studies diploma in French Linguistics at Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. She holds an M.Ed Degree and is a Professionally Credentialed Teacher. She earned her Teaching Credential from Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego.
Sabina has been teaching French in San Diego at the High School Level since 2005. She currently lives and works in San Diego, CA. At present, she teaches at University City High School in University City. Sabina is an active long-term member of the Foreign Language Council of San Diego.
Dr. Francis Adu-Febiri is an African-Canadian born and raised in Ghana, West Africa. He holds a Sociology BA (Honours) degree from the University of Ghana, an MA in sociology from Simon Fraser University and a sociology PhD from the University of British Columbia both in Canada. His MA thesis and PhD dissertation were on tourism in the contexts of globalization processes and responses to poverty. He is a Sociology Professor and former chair of the Social Sciences Department at Camosun, Victoria, BC. Currently he is the Chair of Camosun’s AAC. Francis has been teaching Introductory Sociology, Sociological Theory, Social Science Research Methods, Service-Learning and Global Issues, Introduction to Africa, Indigenous Peoples in Canada, Introduction to Social Science Methodologies and Pacific Rim Studies, and Indigenous Research Methodologies at Camosun since 1994. He combined teaching sociology at Camosun and the University of Victoria for sixteen years. Before that he taught courses on sociology of development at the University of British Columbia and courses on social theory and ethnicity at Simon Fraser University. In addition, he has been an affiliate of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Victoria, for many years serving on MA and PhD committees. From 2007 to 2012, Francis served on a PhD committee in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, Canada. He has supervised a Master’s Thesis at Royal Roads University, Victoria, BC. Adu-Febiri has also been an external reviewer of the departments of sociology at University of Guam and University of Zimbabwe.
Francis’ teaching focuses on applied learning—field schools, creativity and innovation exercises, and service-learning—that uses sociological concepts, methods, theories/paradigms to empower students to engage in integrated thinking skills of synthetic thinking, critical thinking, creative thinking, design thinking, and sustainability thinking to learn to become changemakers. Using applied learning pedagogy, Adu-Febiri co-founded with Dr. Francis Yee, through teaching a course on Service-Learning and Global issues, the Camosun World University Services Canada (WUSC) program that sponsors students from refugee camps to Camosun. Since 2016, four students have benefited from this innovative program. The funding comes from Camosun Students Society and Camosun International Education.
His research program focuses on using the Human Factor Competency model to decolonize and indigenize poverty reduction programs in the framework of globalization processes, specifically a) tourism and development, b) microfinance, c) diversity, and d) education practices in the contexts of the intersectionality of gender, racial, ethnic and class inequities/inequalities. He has received several research grants to pursue these research interests. Francis has done several academic presentations at major conferences in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, Middle East, North America, and Russia. He has served on many panel discussions, made presentations at Correctional Institutions in BC, and has been an expert witness on racism in some BC provincial and supreme courts. His publications in academic peer reviewed journals and book chapters are extensive and focus on the topics of globalization and development, diversity, racialization, ethnicity, tourism, microfinance, human factor competency development, and Indigenous issues. Adu-Febiri is the author of First Nations Students Talk Back: Voices of a Learning People and also the co-author of Succeeding from the Margins of Canadian Society: A Strategic Resource for New Immigrants, Refugees and International Students. Currently, he is working on book manuscripts addressing diversity’s nightmares and social solutions to pandemics. Francis has also been on the editorial committees of academic journals in the USA and England. In addition, he reviews Introductory Sociology textbook manuscripts for major book publishing companies in Canada.
Francis was the Chair of the Ethno-cultural Advisory Committee of the British Columbia Ministry of Children and Family Development, South Vancouver Island Region, for many years. He also initiated and helped establish the African Heritage Association of Vancouver Island (AHAVI), Victoria, BC. Currently, he is the President of the Canadian Chapter of the International Institute for Human Factor Development (IIHFD).
Dr. Adu-Febiri has received excellence awards including the following: the 2007-2008 National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Leadership Excellence Award, University of Texas at Austin, Camosun Celebrates Excellence Award, Community Impact category, and the Camosun School of Arts & Science Award for Excellence in Research, Innovation and Scholarly Activity.
President, IIHFD Canada Chapter
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