I am blessed to be around remarkable people. There are always Takeaways to learn. That is what I am sharing on this podcast. Takeaways – Life. Lessons. Learned. explores learning from the wisdom of others.
The Hebrew phrase “L’dor Va’dor” literally means “from generation to generation”. Andrew S. Borans has worked for Alpha Epsilon Pi (the Jewish Fraternity) for nearly four decades. He is largely credited for the organizations growth from 2,000 undergrads to 12,000 by building a massive sales force of college undergraduates and organizing them around “Rush”. Andy started with AEPi September 1980. I was 9 months old! Can you imagine being with the same organization for 38 years? L’dor Va’dor. From generation to generation.
Andy has served AEPi as a Field Secretary, Director of Chapter Services, and Executive Director. Starting June 2018, he will become the CEO of the AEPi Foundation and will hawk me for gelt no doubt. Andy was also my very first boss out of college. From 2003 – 2004 I was an Educational & Leadership Consultant for Alpha Epsilon Pi. That year I visited 22 college campuses and drove about 70,000 miles. It was incredible! There is a great story Andy shares in the podcast about my “interview” for that job.
The truth is Andy told me for years leading up to the moment the job was mine if I wanted it. And I wanted it. What AEPi has done for me… giving me a family when mine had fractured; giving me a platform to practice leadership; giving me Brothers that I still count as friends today… being a consultant for AEPi was a small way to pay it back.
I have learned many things from Andy over the years which we revisit in this episode.
- What is the secret to the essence of sale?
- How are today’s youth different than 20-30 years ago?
- Is antisemitism on the rise or in decline?
- How can you live the best years of your life?
What surprised me most about recording Takeaways with Andy was how much he reminded me of the lil pischer I used to be. And how remembering parts of when I was that naïve youthful pischer was positive for me to revisit at this point in my life. That’s what catching up with old friends can do I suppose. Remind us of the very best that we can be!