IAM Jack McMillan - Former Co-President/Co-Chairman of Nordstrom & Former Co-Owner of Seattle Seahawks here with Centered.org. AMA
My short bio:
My Story: I began my career in 1957 working for my father-in-law at Nordstrom, then a specialty shoe store in Seattle. I started off as a woman's shoe salesman. I didn't know much about selling, shoes, or women. I'm still learning on that last one.
Eventually, I worked my way up into senior leadership with the Nordstrom cousins Bruce, Jim, and John. We formed the core of the 3rd generation of leadership at Nordstrom and collectively served as Co-Presidents and then Co-Chairmen from 1971 to 1995. I also introduced the first Nordstrom Rack in 1973 and led that department until 1995.
In 1976, 8 members of the Nordstrom family, myself included, collectively purchased the Seahawks for 16 million dollars before selling it in 1988. As a sports fan, this was a lifelong dream to bring football to Seattle. To this day, I still go to every home game. Go Hawks!
When I was 45, I found Jesus at a marriage encounter conference with my wife at and committed my life to Him. My life has never been the same. Recently, I took part in filming a 3.5 minute "Centered" Story that captures some snapshots of my life. I'd love for you to take a look at my story and others at centered.org.
Centered.org is a just-launched website that aims to capture the short stories and life lessons of Jesus-centered leaders in the marketplace and equip everyday people to follow Jesus, love God, and love people through your work. In the coming months, Centered will be highlighting stories from Ed Moy - Former Director of the US Mint, David Beasley - Former Governor of South Carolina, and many many more.
If you'd like to stay connected with Centered, please:
If you are in the greater Seattle area and would like to meet with me in person, please join the Centered Meetup Group and RSVP to a free Boardroom Lunch at Nordstrom. If this event fills up, there will be additional opportunities to meet in the future as well, so please sign up regardless. Centered Meetups are opportunities for people of every age and background to gather in community around the person of Jesus. You do not need to be a person of faith or someone who is "practicing" to attend an event.
Eddie Wang, founder of centered.org, will be typing responses on my behalf. Please direct any Centered partnership inquiries, questions, or suggestions to [email protected].
Update 2:45pm PDT: You are welcome to continue asking questions for the duration of Wednesday 1/14. Questions will be answered every ~two hours from this point on.