Brian Hamil is the 2014 recipient of the Alumni Community Service Award. Recently he spoke to a group at the Fort Wayne Regional Alumni Network. These are a few of the excerpts and pearls of wisdom shared at the event.
Brian wraps up his talk by reading Colossians 1:17. He reminded us that we should not give up but continue to grow. “Life is messy,” says Hamil but “allow God’s Spirit to guide you.” In Colossians 2 he reminds us that we have been given all that we need to make a difference. His comments were based on this passage of scripture.
Colossians 2:2-3 2 My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
Brian offered several ideas and principles that we can apply to our lives. Woven in his story as National Chair of the Biomedical Services with The Red Cross are these principles.He starts out his comments by saying that “College and life and equip you but only the Holy Spirit can empower you.” says Hamil. Check out his comments here: Check out this segment of the training.
Do something beyond yourself and your limitations.
Brian remarked that we have the abilities but often lacked the confidence. He shared why he serves in the capacity as National Chair. He shared (see video) why he does what he does. Brian shared a great story about a legacy of explorers Auguste Piccard and decedents, Jacques Piccard and Bertrand Piccard that completely reshapes how we can look at the things that we can do! He reminded us to find each day to make an intentional difference in someone’s life. (see video excerpt here)
As Brian continued his challenging principles he reminded us that we can’t just see ourselves and our activities as a category but as a Calling!
Brian shared that as he goes about his day he looks for ways to make a difference. This is what is meant by IWU’s World Changer motto. He shared this simple, yet profound principle to find a way each day to make an intentional contribution in someone’s life. Brian’s story is inspiring because of his example to make a difference in others around you!
You can see why we selected Brian Hamil as an award recipient. He demonstrates the importance of personal growth in all areas of our lives.
Brian has been in public accounting for over 32 years, and has extensive background in directing financial reporting, consulting, and tax compliance and planning services for small and mid-size business clients. He is also involved in the litigation support area of the firm, which addresses client needs in the areas of expert witness testimony, business valuation, and appraisal services. Brian serves as the National Chair of Biomedical Services for the American Red Cross in Washington, D.C., the Chairman of the Governing Board of Trustees for Bethel College in Mishawaka, Indiana, the Boards of Directors for Erin’s House for Grieving Children, the Jerome and Marganelle Henry Foundation for the Neighborhood Health Clinics, and the Fort Wayne Zoological Society Audit Committee.