Reflecting on the Abundance 360 Conference

Last month, I was invited to attend Peter Diamandis’ Abundance 360 Conference. Created in cooperation with Singularity University, A360 is Diamandis’ unique summit for a curated group of CEOs, entrepreneurs, executives, and investors to discuss some of the most exciting developments happening in disruptive technology and innovation. Topics ranged from machine learning to synthetic biology […]

P&C carriers forecast rate increases

Brace yourself. For the first time in recent memory, P&C carriers are forecasting some moderate to major rate increases, and it looks like it is more than just trying to “get rate.” Consider these recent headlines: The market – largely due to the back-to-back catastrophes of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria – and the Sonoma/Napa […]

The Harmony of ABD & The Beatles

Many of you know that I’m passionate about music. I love listening to music, seeing live music, playing in our band Birdseed, chatting about bands with friends. And I’ve grown over the years to love almost every type of music – classical, folk, rock, punk, rap, funk, and country. The Beatles were the first band I fell […]

Music, Leadership, and Licorice

“Our audience is like people who like licorice,” Jerry Garcia said. “Not everybody likes licorice, but the people who like licorice really like licorice.” I love that quote. It speaks to where ABD is as a company right now – and offers lessons that every business can benefit from on how to grow into the future. […]

Lincoln’s Legacy and ABD

Earlier this week, we had our kickoff meeting to review the accomplishments of 2012, and set the stage for 2013. As we wrapped up the meeting, we shared a couple of thoughts about Abraham Lincoln. Yesterday, Lincoln received 12 Oscar nominations. The movie was based on Dorris Kerns Goodwin’s book “Team of Rivals.” She was also the […]


In October 2010, I was fortunate to hear Doris Kerns Goodwin speak live at a YMCA event in San Jose. Dorris is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American biographer, historian, and an oft-seen political commentator. She is the author of biographies of several U.S. Presidents – including Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream, The Fitzgeralds and the […]