WORLD FINANCIAL GROUP CHAIRMAN'S COUNCIL RICH THAWLEY
Most thoughts scrawled on a napkin come right out of someone's brain, onto the napkin and soon after, into the trash.
True to his ever-present desire to do what others will not, World Financial Group's Rich Thawley turned an idea written on a napkin into a business and eventually, a dream come true.
Born in Van Nuys, Calif., as the youngest of two sons, Rich moved to Santa Rosa, Calif., when he was 10 years old. While his love for freedom and individuality was always present, Rich used it to his advantage during his junior year of high school when his parents moved again - and he chose to stay behind in Santa Rosa.
"I lived with two families my junior and senior year of high school, and my grades got better," Rich said. "That's when I found out I loved independence. I moved from a 3.8 to a 4.0 GPA during that time."
When it was time for college, Rich was accepted at both University of California at Berkley, and San Jose State, but San Jose State let him design his own schedule in general studies. Once again, independence called - so he enrolled at the latter and majored in political science. Click here for full bio...
HOMETOWN: Santa Rosa, Calif.
CURRENT RESIDENCE: Lodi, Calif.
BIRTHDAY: July 8
FAMILY: Wife, Cindy, and three children
PREVIOUS CAREER: Associate athletic director
HOBBIES: Dating his wife, traveling with family, spending time with WFG buddies and playing golf.
LITTLE-KNOWN FACT: He reintroduced himself to and soon began dating Cindy after he accidently cut her off in traffic.