Age and place of birth: Over 29, and holding. Born in Austin, TX as a fifth generation of the Central Texas Area.
Immediate family members and what they do: Older brothers Rod Morgan and Larry Morgan, both in Austin real estate. My longtime Austin resident parents retired to Fredericksburg.
Education: Austin High School, University of Texas
Occupation: Media Maven
What’s your career ambition? I’m so fortunate that I’ve pursued all my career ambitions in television, PR and publishing.
Civic or other nonprofit activities: Make A Wish Foundation, Human Rights Campaign Fund, UNICEF, DIFFA, and countless others on ranging from local to international levels.
What is the latest project in which you are involved? I am thrilled with the debut in September of the new The Society Diaries bi-monthly magazine I created that is devoted to high performers in Austin, San Antonio, South Texas and into Mexico. Next up is to become a best-selling author beginning with my new book, The Society Diplomat, available on Amazon and at TheSocietyDiplomat.com.
What is your favorite business in the Westbank? I love them all and the entrepreneurial spirit that encompasses the entire area. I think it’s great for this thriving area to have local vendors like Westbank Jewelers, Hutson’s and Trianon coffee, as well as national entities like Michael’s and SteinMart, for instance.
Hobbies: Money never sleeps, yet I like to play a mean game of tennis at least once a week. Traveling and exploring new cultures is always a favorite. I love to volunteer and try to make a small difference in the world. And, as a movie fan and amateur film historian, I love a good movie in the theater or a classic film.
What qualities in people draw you to be their friend? I am now well aware that we are all connected on this planet, so the qualities I find I am attracted to are the ones that matter most: depth of spirit and a robust heart. Genuine kindness and a positive point of view are also crucial and I am proud to say that everyone I know possesses those traits.
I have a knack for: Connecting people, places and things. I’ve always had an intuition since I was young for people who I felt could benefit from knowing each other as well as how they can create something bigger than themselves. My career has depended on this and I love honing this knack every day.
Excluding family members, who influenced you most and why? I have had the great good fortune to have been mentored by business mentors my entire life and especially when I worked in L.A. so long. People like Westbanker John Paul DeJoria, media tycoon Dennis Holt, entertainment mogul Ken Kragen, and so many more to whom I owe a debt of gratitude for helping me understand that all business must have a soul in its intention.
What is one interesting fact about you that people probably don’t know? That I went diving for black pearls in French Polynesia when I was there on business. I rounded up enough for a cufflinks and studs set, too. Or, that I may be a little obsessed with the color white – it’s the new black to me. I also love to help the homeless with Bags of Hope, named for Westbanker Hope Noteboom, who shared with me the idea of giving convenient baggies of healthy snacks to the homeless on the corner, instead of, or in addition to, giving money. It helps to tide them over between meals, no matter what their situation.
If the world were silent for 20 seconds and all ears were turned to you, what would you say? I would say that, again, we are all connected. That it is imperative that we respect everyone to the highest degree because everyone matters.
My pet peeve is: someone who doesn’t try hard enough. Anyone who knows me knows that I feel that trying harder matters. As Oprah says, “If you do your best, then people will notice.” From thank you notes (how difficult is it to take a minute and very inexpensive resources to send a paper, hand-written thank you note know expressing gratitude for just about anything?) to the simple act of saying “your welcome,” instead of the current response of “no problem” and beyond, can make a big difference. Heck, the little things matter a great deal.
If you were stranded on an uninhabited island, with no means of communication or escape, what is one thing that you would you like to have? Good health. With good health, I think we can survive anything at all. That, and an equally healthy attitude that resonates from within.
How would you like to be remembered? I would like to be remembered as a man who did much for others, loved everyone he could, and knew how to host a hell of a good party where others could gather to share in this wonderful thing we call, simply, living well.