Board of Directors

The Board of Directors support the work of because I said I would and provide mission-based leadership and strategic governance. While day-to-day operations are led by because I said I would’s Founder, the Board-Founder relationship is a partnership, and the appropriate involvement of the Board is both critical and expected.

We are currently seeking board volunteer leaders with professional experience in marketing, law and finance.  In addition, business, government, philanthropy, and the nonprofit sector.

If you are interested in a board position, please fill out the form below.

Current Board Members

Danny Smith, Chair

Danny Smith has been in the field of financial advising for nearly 40 years.  He is the president of Daniels Financial Group where he helps his clients plan financially for when things go right, and to be prepared when things go wrong.  He is the author of the Amazon.com #1 best seller “The Baby Boomer’s Guide to a Rockin’ and Rollin’ Retirement.”  He is a Qualifying and Life Member of the Million Dollar Roundtable (MDRT) and serves on the Executive Board of the Cleveland / Akron Chapter of the Society of Financial Services Professionals (FSP).  A passionate and moving speaker, he has been asked to speak all over the US and internationally.

Danny lives in Avon, Ohio and has been married to his wife Brenda for over 40 years.  In their leisure they enjoy spending time with their family, travelling, and checking out classic rock concerts.

Securities and advisory services offered through Mutual of Omaha Investor Services, Inc. Member FINRA/SIPC.  Daniels Financial Group and Mutual of Omaha Investor Services, Inc are not affiliated.


Pete Pruszynski, Secretary

Pete graduated Cum Laude from Kent State University in 1989 with a Bachelor of Business Administration & Marketing Degree. Immediately following college he spent 10 years as a sales consultant with Ohio Edison/First Energy. Pete credits his 10 years as a sales consultant with Ahola Payroll Services as extremely important preparation toward business ownership. During his employment with Ahola, he worked closely with business owners and accountants, gained human resources expertise, and was recognized by Ahola management as Employee of the Year. He also was elected to serve a four-year term as a Cuyahoga Falls Chamber of Commerce Board Member, which also included a one-year term as CFCC Board President. As Vice President of Star Therapy & Sales Corp., Pete is responsible for school district contract negotiations, account management, recruitment of employees, human resources and public relations. Dina and Pete, owners of Star Therapy & Sales Corp. reside in Shalersville with their two children. As parents and professionals, they are active community members in the Crestwood School District.


Molly Arbogast

Development Director,
Carnegie Hall Foundation (WV)


Larry Dorfman

Larry Dorfman is the Founder and ex-Chairman and CEO of APCO Holdings, Inc., an Atlanta based company that he founded with family and friends in 1984. The company delivers the EasyCare, GWC, MemberCare and Covideo brands in the automotive and RV industries. APCO was created on the premise that the negative connotation that was so readily associated with the automobile industry needed to change. Eager to improve the consumers’ car and RV buying and ownership experience, they set the stage for a business that has become a consistent Top 100 Company to Work for nationally, enjoyes 90%+ Employee Engagement scores, is a Healthiest Place To Work in Atlanta and Nationally, and advocates for consumers in the automotive retail industry.

Larry’s engagement with Because I Said I Would started in 2015 when he saw one of Alex’s Ted X talks and adopted the entire “promise” concept within APCO to drive more personal accountability throughout the organization. He’s been an avid supporter of the cause ever since. He stepped down from the Chairman/CEO role at APCO in May of 2018 so he could spend more time with family and engage more fully in the non-profit, social programs he works with.

When they are not working they spend their time together with their five children and their partners, and four grandchildren engaging with a few select charities they support thru their Curran-Dorfman Family Foundation. They have extensive Non-Profit engagement having served on the board of Hands On Atlanta, Hope Thru Soap, Usher 2020 and Inner Strength (Larry as Executive Director for several years) and contributing to others they are passionate about.


MJ Frumin

A life-long entrepreneur, MJ is a co-founder of Accelion, a company that builds, maintains, and grows ongoing customer engagement and referral pipelines that create incremental sales and revenue growth for companies like AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon.  A self-directed visionary leader, MJ is passionate about individuals reaching their highest potential, and his specialty is creating a high-performance culture of self-awareness, continuous improvement, and accountability to maximize performance and results.

Outside of work, you will find MJ devoted to his growing family, as well as helping strengthen individuals and communities.  He serves the less fortunate through Camp Hope for Kids and Greater Philadelphia Church of Christ and helps protect his community’s resources as a planning commissioner.


Dan Heath

Dan is a Systems Engineer for Cisco Systems, working in London and living in Emsworth, UK with his family. Dan graduated from the University of Manchester in 2009 with a MEng in Civil Engineering and soon after changed industry to IT and Telecoms. During the next decade he worked his way through a number of roles and organisations, all the while volunteering in varying capacities.

In 2019, after a busy couple of years including his fiancée, Rachel, finishing her MA Social Work studies and the birth of his two sons, Dan has set out a plan for his next decade. Armed with a new mission statement/question of “what if we could make it better?” he wants to help people and organisations achieve their best through empowerment and enablement.

Dan’s story with because I said I would began in 2014 when he first heard about the movement, bought the t-shirt, and proceeded to cycle the Pacific Coast from Vancouver to San Diego fulfilling his first Promise Card. Alongside Rachel, Dan hopes to develop the movement’s presence in the UK.


Open Board Positions

We are currently seeking board volunteer leaders with professional experience in marketing, law and finance.  In addition, business, government, philanthropy, and the nonprofit sector.

Job Title: Board Member
Location: Rocky River, Ohio/Remote
Work hours: 4 Quarterly Board meetings and quarterly calls with Founder.

WHAT WILL YOU DO?
Leadership, governance and oversight
  • Serve as a trusted advisor to the Founder as he develops and implements because I said I would’s programs, campaign and initiatives.
  • Review outcomes and metrics for the organizations impact and effectiveness.
  • Approve because I said I would annual budget, audit reports, and material business decisions; being informed of, and meeting all, legal and fiduciary responsibilities.
  • Contribute to an annual performance evaluation of the Founder.
  • Assisting the Founder/CEO and board chair in identifying and recruiting other Board Members.
  • Partner with the Founder and other board members to ensure that board resolutions are accomplished.
  • Serve on committees or task forces and take on special assignments.
  • Represent because I said I would to stakeholders; acting as an ambassador for the organization.
  • Ensure because I said I would’s responsibility to a diverse and well-rounded Board of Directors and Associate Board reflects the various populations that the organization serves.
Fundraising
  • Board members will consider because I said I would a philanthropic priority and make annual gifts that reflect that priority.
  • Assist with soliciting contributions from foundations, organizations, and individuals
  • Board members must make an annual contribution of at least $10,000
Recruiting New Board Members
  • Through networking opportunities, Board Members should be on the lookout for potential new board members who would bring additional knowledge, talent, experiences, and perspective to the board.
  • They should educate and inform prospective board members about the work of the board and invite them to board meetings and other organizational activities.
  • Board members should suggest possible candidates to the board as openings arise.
BOARD TERMS/PARTICIPATION

Because I said I would’s Board Members will serve a three-year term and can be eligible for one additional three-year term. Board meetings will be held quarterly and committee meetings (when applicable) will be held in coordination with full board meetings.

QUALIFICATIONS

This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual who is passionate about because I said I would’s mission and who has a track record of board leadership. Selected members will have achieved leadership stature in business, government, philanthropy, or the nonprofit sector. His/her accomplishments will allow him/her to attract other well-qualified, high-performing board members.

Ideal candidates will have the following qualifications:

  • Extensive professional finance, marketing or law experience in business, government, philanthropy, or the nonprofit sector
  • A commitment to and understanding of because I said I would’s beneficiaries, preferably based on experience
  • Savvy diplomatic skills and a natural affinity for cultivating relationships and persuading, convening, facilitating, and building consensus among diverse individuals
  • Personal qualities of accountability integrity, credibility, and a passion for improving the lives of because I said I would’s beneficiaries
  • Ability to make and keep a promise

If you are interested in a board position, please fill out the form below.
SUBJECT LINE:Application: Board Member – [Insert Your Name Here]