Before SVP, Partner Dick Cahoon claims he was “on no purposeful trajectory of any kind.” He describes his career as being one where he “fixed stuff that was broken or created stuff out of nothing” – no small feat, but clearly not driven by the appreciative self-awareness he has now.
He attributes his change of heart to SVP.
From the minute he joined, Dick has thrown himself into SVP with a vengeance serving as an Investment Team member, an Ambassador, the Lead Partner of MedWish International, and as a current board member. He actively meets our newest Partners to learn about their dreams and connect them to professionals in the greater Cleveland community who might be able to help them. And he guides our Investees with a sure hand and an open mind. Dick’s impact on MedWish has been profound. According to MedWish’s former Development Director Matt Fieldman, Dick was their “go-to guy for all sorts of projects, big and small.” He added that Dick has “been providing the kinds of personal and professional guidance we’ve been looking for, and his perspective has been invaluable in many important decisions.”
Dick describes SVP as “worth its weight in gold” and as an “organization that does great things in a way and to a degree that no other organization gets close to.” He is especially excited by the number of younger and more diverse Partners who are flocking to Cleveland’s SVP. He feels surrounded by “extraordinary people who care and who are inspiring,” people he wouldn’t have met but for SVP.
Of course, our other Partners feel the same way about Dick.
And Dick’s “giving story” is not limited to SVP.
Dick and Doreen (his wife and fellow Partner) have served on the board of Cleveland’s Children’s Museum. He is currently on the board of College Now, a local organization that provides guidance to Cleveland Metropolitan School District students as they prepare for college. Dick is also on the board of MOCA (the Museum of Contemporary Art) which was featured in the July 2013 edition of The New York Times.
Thanks to SVP, he now focuses on what really matters to him. And thanks to Dick, SVP continues to benefit from his kind heart, generous spirit, business savvy, and endless zest for life.