This month, I am pleased to feature a conversation with Mr Harry Hill, president of Oak Lawn Marketing, a leading direct marketing company in Japan. Oak Lawn Marketing is considered an innovator in their field. Mr Hill is also active in his family and community. His five children are all involved in sports programs at the highest level. Mr Hill is also a governor of the ACCJ and chairman of HOPE International Development Agency, Japan.
What do you remember about the first time you ever gave something away?
A: There are two memories that come to mind. One is when I was six, just after my younger sister had died, my mother sponsored a child from the Philippines. We sent her something like $5-10 everything month for several years and exchanged letters. I also remember my father had a knack with homeless people. My father was a professor and loved to talk with people and learn their stories. So whenever a homeless person would ask for money, he would engage them in conversation. Sometimes he would get engaged in long conversations and we would end up going out for coffee and donuts. Although my family didn’t really have a lot to be able to give, when we gave we were always interested and engaged in the story of the recipient.
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