We Love LB’s VISION is to Inspire & Equip Neighbors toward the GOOD & the FLOURISHING of all neighborhoods in Long Beach, Ca.
One way we can seek neighborhood FLOURISHING is by getting to know, learn, & be INSPIRED by our fellow neighbors around us. Our second interview is with our good friend Tim Donnelly. We HOPE you enjoy!
WLLB: What is your favorite memory about growing up in Long Beach?
Tim: Certainly one of my fondest memories growing up was being able to go to the park (Somerset Park) across the street from my parents house and playing until dark nearly everyday of my young life. I love the diversity of the city and because of it had many life lessons growing up. Through athletics and playing sports I made a lot of friends and because the City is home to such a wide range of people from different backgrounds and ethnicity’s, I was being cultured before I knew it.
WLLB: What neighborhood do you live? How long have you lived there? What do you enjoy about your neighborhood?
TD: I live in Bixby Knolls and have lived here off and on for most of my life. I went to the same schools my father attended 30 years earlier. Though I moved out of Long Beach for college I ended up coming back, like so many other folks from Long Beach. A vast majority of people that live in Long Beach are from Long Beach and are pridefully of the City. This is true for Bixby Knolls and for the City of Long Beach in general. Long Beach natives are prideful of being from Long Beach and it is a pretty special feature that seems to always pull you back!
WLLB: What do you do for work, why did you choose your vocation?
TD: I am the co-founder of a full-service experiential/marketing marketing agency. After personally landing a sponsorship deal with Nike is 2003, a unique gig filled with a ton of marketing and promotional work for Nike Soccer: public appearances, performances, campaign ads and promotional videos. It pulled me away from pursuing a playing career, yet created a path for success after I gained invaluable experience through my involvement in endless amounts of marketing initiatives and awareness campaigns. The knowledge and relationships were valued and heavily sought after by brands building marketing initiatives around the sport of soccer in the United States. After year’s of contract work as a soccer-specialist I decided to launch ACF, Inc in 2009.
WLLB: Why do you think it is important to know and care about your neighbors?
TD: The better the relationships you have with you neighbors the more you can benefit from living in a location. From feeling safer to having richer daily experiences, having strong relationships with your neighbors makes your “home” that much more satisfying.
WLLB: Do you take pride in living in Long Beach? Why or why not?
TD: Yes! It was instilled in me by my Father. Again, it is special to have roots in a City and then have pride in helping it grow and prosper.
WLLB: Do you have any gifts, skills, and talents that you could share with the neighborhood? If so what might some of them be?
TD:The slogan for my company is “we create experiences that build meaningful relationships” and alot of our work revolves around live events. I am obviously focused on growing an annual youth futsal tournament at the moment for the youth in the City but would love to provide my skill sets to help create other events and experiences in the City.
WLLB: What are your hopes or dreams for your neighborhood?
TD:I am very pleased to see the direction Bixby Knolls is headed. I think at large Long Beach is headed in the right direction. As an owner of a small-business in Long Beach I feel like the City should continue to support start-ups and the creative community because it is the perfect fit for Long Beach and there is a ton of potential with this strategy.
WLLB: What is your favorite place in Long Beach? And Why?
TD:Any park in Long Beach. For me it is where I experienced community as a kid and it was very special to me. I know firsthand how wonderful a good experience at you local park can and SHOULD be. I see the future of the City in the Parks and want to help them both flourish.
If you know any amazing NEIGHBORS like Tim, then let us know. Maybe they show hospitality to their neighbors, share stuff with their neighbors, care for a sick neighbor, celebrate the neighborhood, or are just super loving and friendly to their neighbors. We would love to interview them about their incredible neighborgood experience. So please connect us to them.
Interested please email me: email@example.com or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/welovelongbeach