I started writing this “About” page in the third person, but it felt too awkward.  Maybe it’s a step on the entrepreneurial journey.  More likely, it’s the sense that people will roll their eyes while reading an adjective-laden bio written by myself about myself in the third person. 

Sam Ushio doesn’t like to write about himself in the third-person.  

This picture was taken at JcPenney studio with a Groupon

Here’s my 20 years of experience:

  • Strategy,
  • Management consulting,
  • Sales,
  • Marketing, and
  • Advertising. 

I’ve lived & worked in the US and Canada. 

I’ve created stuff that works. I’ve created A LOT of stuff that didn’t work.  

I’ve learned from both.

I grew up in Alliance, Nebraska, a small town known for a replica of Stonehenge made out of cars.    Yes, Carhenge!      

I’m half-Japanese and half-Irish. 

If you’re keeping track, that’s a Japanese-Irish guy from small town Nebraska.

Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives is one of my favorite shows.  (Don’t judge me, Fieri-haters.) So, is Anthony Bourdain if you’re judging me right now.

The story of food inspires me:

 Niki.  Alex.  Ivan.  

(Be careful with the Ivan Ramen video…)

I read 1/2 of a book and then get distracted.  I sincerely hope that authors put most of their good stuff in the first half because of this disfunction. Try to read Catch-22 and you’ll know my struggle.    

I live in Seattle and appreciate it for so.  many.  reasons.  

I’m a husband to an amazing wife and a father to three amazing kids. I’m incredibly blessed.  They’re the best thing in my life, even when they’re throwing food at the dinner table (mainly the kids).  

I pride myself on listening and inquiry with a goal of empowering people to discover + live their IKIGAI. 

GvG17 is a platform to exercise those muscles.  

I’m here to hear.

(actually “listen”…but that doesn’t sound as catchy).