Midwestern Values

Jim Moriarty is the CEO of Surfrider Foundation. He is an avid surfer, entrepreneur and innovator. Moriarty has more than 15 years management experience in corporate start-ups, specializing in e-learning, e-commerce, infrastructure software, and business-to-business ventures. He holds a B.S. in Information Systems from The Ohio State University, and has had speaking engagements in the US, Europe, Australia and Latin America. He lives with his wife and two children in Solana Beach, CA, where he is also active leading and mentoring high school students on surfing and home-building trips to the Baja Peninsula. He brings to the position a wealth of international, fundraising and team-building experience that translate to leading the Surfrider Foundation.

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Question: Where are you from and how has that shaped you?

Jim Moriarty: I grew up in the Midwest and on the East Coast and I think it’s given me somewhat of the traditional stereotype Midwestern values meaning that I actually moved from the Midwest to New York City, and aside from the real quick shock of being in kind of a metropolitan area you trust people and I think that kind of comes from bringing-- You are deeper than I think the norm on maybe some of the coasts. I live in southern California and a Midwesterner and a southern Californian person are very different. One actually thinks at a deeper level, operates at a little bit longer view, so less trendy.

Recorded on: 9/27/08