S: John Moga
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1: John Moga A Book of Testaments and Thoughts
2: Dear John, Congratulations on the completion of a fifty year career in the financial consulting business. I remember in 1961, shortly after you had joined Arthur Andersen & Co., you arrived one day in Tacoma for duty on the Weyerhaeuser audit. You hit the ground running and have never stopped since! I still have in my files your letter written to me on November 10, 1977 upon my retirement from AA & Co. No one can equal your dedication and contribution to the Seattle office of AA & Co. It was always a pleasure to work with you and to be around you. You have my sincerest best wishes for happily and productively filled retirement years. If you were a golfer I’d tell you to keep your head down and follow through! Sincerely, Wally Lodine
3: I've heard so many stories about how John was so instrumental in the success of our accounting program and that he was such a champion for SU. These were all things he did long before I arrived at SU. Then I was privileged to work with him on our project to raise money for the David E Tinius Endowed Professorship in Accounting. John was extremely instrumental in the success of that project, and it was not an easy project because we relied on so many donors to make it a success. I wish we could have him work on another fund raising project for SU but he has done more for SU in his lifetime than we can reasonably expect! It is such a blessing to have someone like John supporting the work of the University! Joe Phillips Dean, Seattle University Business School
4: John has been an invaluable member of SAM's Board of Trustees for over 35 years and is one of SAM's longest tenured trustees. During this time, John has held numerous leadership positions including President of the Board from 1994 to 1996, when he served alongside Chairman Dean Thornton. During John's tenure as President, SAM was adjusting to its move to the downtown core and his leadership, expertise and guidance at such a pivotal time in the Museum's history was incredibly fortunate. In addition to his role as President, John has made an indelible mark on SAM's corporate efforts - serving as chair of the committee for many years. There are very few corporations in town who have not heard personally from John and even fewer have turned him down. In addition to raising awareness and support for SAM and advising on its governance, John is regarded as a mentor to staff, especially those beginning their careers. Countless staff have benefited from his counsel, encouragement and advice and all of their careers are better for it. With his trademark tea in hand, John is an incredible advocate for SAM and the arts in our community. Hats off to John and congratulations on your retirement from all your friends at SAM and throughout the community! Jennifer Aydelott Maryann Jordan Seattle Art Museum
5: John, Another retirement and still going! How many can one person have? Well in the case of someone as extraordinary as you, I think you are as entitled to as many as you want, which means probably 30 more years. Seriously, you should feel very proud of your many accomplishments over so many years. The number of people that you have developed, mentored and helped become successful in their own right is too many to count. You have the uncanny ability to know what each person needs at the exactly right time. It may be a quiet word of encouragement. It might be a more direct suggestion of action. It might even be the threat of using a lead pipe in an unusual way! Whatever it was, it always (well almost always) seemed to be exactly what was needed at the moment. I wish you the best of luck in your new adventure with Robert A Underhill PC and also thank you for your many years of development, mentoring and friendship. Bob Carlile Partner, KPMG
6: I first met John in 1982 when he was serving as one of the original board members of Business Volunteers for the Arts, a program matching volunteer business consultants with arts and cultural organizations to address marketing, financial management, strategic planning and data processing issues. John was passionately committed to the success of the arts community in the Greater Seattle area and not only brought his own time and energies to bear in this effort but he also encouraged other Arthur Andersen colleagues to become involved. John mentored those younger associates to see community service as a natural extension of their professional work with the firm. Under his tutelage, numerous Arthur Andersen partners and associates became great volunteer consultants. When I served as BVA's Executive Director from 1983 to 1986, John served as Treasurer and helped raise funds for the program's operating support and also served as a bridge to the Corporate Council for the Arts (now called ArtsFund) to ensure that the
7: BVA's management consulting work was complementary to the corporate fund raising done by CCA. During this time he was also deeply involved with both the Seattle Art Museum and the Seattle Repertory Theater. When I left the BVA Executive Director role in late 1986, I stayed in touch with John in my Chamber roles, continuing through my time as CEO from 2002 to 2009. He andI always had a wry repartee regarding the Chamber dues that Anderson and Hitachi paid to the Chamber. He'd leave me voice messages that "the dues are too high" and I would return his call with my response that "we're worth it and are doing a great job for the business community." I was honored to have John attend my own retirement party when I wrapped up my 30 years at the Chamber in mid-2009. It's been great to work with and learn from him through these last three decades. He's been a model of great professional leadership and commitment to community service. I wish him all the best in the years ahead. Steve Leahy.
8: John is good at retirement! He is like a Phoenix rising from the ashes - he just goes on to bigger and better things! What I value about John is his wonderful ability to make friends from clients. I am the beneficiary of many years of friendship and advice fromJohn that grew out of a client relationship. Both my husband and I wish him many years of active retirement and many more years of good friendships. Anne and Bob Farrell
9: Dear John, What can one say but congratulations on a long and distinguished career. Your penchant for work is unmatched by none save JohnTiscornia. The business world would have been decimated had you both left it at the same time. Word has it you are moving on to a new calling. I just hope it does not include preparing 1040's. With all due respect, I wish you some fun times, good wine and sunshine and a long, prosperous and health retirement. Kind regards, Dan Wick
10: What I know about John is he has always been there when I've needed him. When I was left high and dry by Jonathan during my 1998 Partner nomination. During the crazy Business Consulting growth years of the dot com boom. When our firm was taken from us during the Enron debacle, or even during those simpler times when I'm losing my money in the wee hours of the morning at the Blackjack table (although Kris lost more than I did). He's been a rock so many of us have depended on - for that I'd like to say "Thanks John for always being there - you're the best!" Tamra Chandler
11: John, Thank you for your leadership, mentorship and friendship over the years. You are a true inspiration to me and so many others. Your contributions to the arts, higher education and Seattle in general are remarkable. I was amazed to read the words in this book. I hope your are as proud of yourself as I am in knowing a man who has had such an impact on so many. Congratulations John on a life lived to the fullest! Crystal Metcalfe
12: Kathy and I met John Moga during the holiday season in 1974 at black tie Dickens feast in the home of a friend. Suave, fully decked out and in great cheer, John made an indelible impression. Among other things, we learned that John had a passion for Persian rugs, even having his closet fully equipped with the same. John closed the evening with a debonair, if somewhat scatological toast to the virtues of Port. From that day forward, we knew John as a friend, business colleague and fellow arts enthusiast. As managing partner of Arthur Andersen, John oversaw its relationships to outside counsel (Bogle & Gates, at which I practiced). Through the years there were the usual number of disputes and cases, and John dealt with the issues practically, sensitively and with great style. His conduct of the technology practice at Arthur Andersen resulted in close relationships in the really new and creative industries in our region. In the arts, John has spent many, many years working in the Seattle Repertory Theatre and the Seattle Art Museum (certainly not exclusively). John served on the Rep Board in leadership positions for years, rumor had it because he was a frustrated and perhaps budding thespian. Clearly he was always after the limelight.
13: John has remained on the Seattle Repertory Foundation Board to this date where his institutional knowledge and financial savvy contribute greatly to keeping the institution on the straight and narrow. John's tenure at the Seattle Art Museum is almost as long. His contributions to SAM are widely recognized by fellow board members. Further, even though John has not been on the board of ArtsFund (at least during my tenure), he has helped ArtsFund and me in reaching out to the community to support all of the arts. Going back a bit, John was one of the contributors and leaders to help in the creation of the National Arts Stabilization Fund in Seattle in the late 1980s. So, his efforts for the arts have been long-term, continuous and committed. In addition to all of this, John is a connoisseur of all fine things: art, furniture, music, theatre, rugs, wine - the list could be endless. Suffice it to say that John's appetite for fine arts finds expression in the outstanding collection of art and fine furnishings in the homes Barbarann and he have decorated together. I have known few people in Seattle longer thanI have known John Moga. John is always a delight, charming company and very smart. He is a great friend. Jim and Kathy Tune
14: Thoughts on John Moga When I arrived at Seattle University in 1973, I found a fledging accounting program struggling to gain acceptance and recognition among the downtown public accounting community. Earlier that year SU's Beta Alpha Psi program was installed as the 99th BAP chapter in the country and the Accounting Associates Fund became the first discretionary fund in SU's history. Both pivotal events were linked to John Moga's active commitment to establishing the SU accounting program as a premier player in northwest accounting education. In essence, John decided to unilaterally "recognize" our program by funding the first year of the Accounting Associates Fund (with his and his AA partners' donations), and by hiring ten of our 1973 accounting graduates. And he became the first chair of the Accounting Associates Advisory Board, created in conjunction with the Accounting Associates Fund to promote accounting education at SU. Dave Tinius and I, along with Dean Gerald Cleveland and colleague Virginia Parks, used the support from Arthur Andersen (which meant John Moga) to move throughout the Seattle public accounting community urging other firms to follow Arthur Andersen's lead in interviewing and hiring our students, helping fund our discretionary fund, and serving on our Accounting Associates Advisory Board. Make no mistake about it; John Moga was the catalyst for making the accounting program at Seattle University what it has become today. Our credibility and acceptability in the downtown community was "dead in the water" until John stepped up, put his own money and reputation on the line (and, willingly or not, that of his AA partners), and gave us the resources and the momentum to build one of the northwest's truly premier accounting programs. Over the years after that 1973 "break out" year, John continued to be the inspiration for virtually every significant accomplishment that our program achieved. I remember John taking checks from his pocket at Advisory Board meetings, writing them on the spot and tossing them on the table in support of one initiative or another - inspiring (or shaming!) his board colleagues to follow suit. In private conversations with several of John's AA partners
15: over the years, I would hear story after story, many told humorously but nevertheless pointedly, how his partners would phone around with the warning that John was once again on the prowl looking for money for whatever cause John was promoting that day. "John was always in our pockets" was the familiar lament - and always for the most worthy of community causes. We were lucky at the Albers School that we were among John's many, many worthy causes. The last time I saw John, I asked him what kind of community Seattle would look like had it not been for his leadership. He was embarrassed by the question - but I was serious. What would the arts scene look like? Would there be a downtown SAM? A Seattle Repertory Theatre? And I'll stop there because the list of community organizations that owe so much of their vitality toJohn Moga goes on and on. I could tell by talking with his former partners that they felt John's "getting in their pockets" not only elevated the quality of life in Seattle, but it also elevated their own active involvement in that community. They were glad that John led the way to civic leadership. And in that sense John led by example and became the inspiration of countless professional lives that were and are devoted to community service and leadership. Seattle University would be a shadow of itself were it not for John Moga's vision, generosity and leadership. And you can substitute so many organizations at the start of that last sentence - all owing so much to John. I often wonder if he realizes how important his contributions to this community are and have been. I expect his humility prevents that awareness. And perhaps the magnitude of his influence multiplied by the influences of all those that he inpired, simply eclipses comprehension. I know that I, for one, would not want to contemplate Seattle without the footprint of John Moga. Bill Weis Seattle University
16: Dear John, Yes, another Dear John letter but this isn't about saying goodbye. It is about honoring a person who never gives up - our own Energizer Bunny. You have beat the drum for Arthur Andersen and then Hitachi Consulting for years to your amazing network of friends and associates. You have established a "to die for" reputation in the business community and have shown your passion for the Arts and your University. Thank you for being a friend, mentor and advocate all these years. And yes, I still have pictures of you and Irv on those trips to Portland to "coach" us young administrative services flunkies at Lydia's. Steve Brilling Seattle University (If I was clever enough, I would have put your face in the picture)
17: Dear John, Roy's question is 'How many more times can you retire?' The three of us have known each other for so many years and we have shared many memories, some of which have been full of joy and some full of tears but the joys have always outweighed the tears. Our only sadness is that we have been ale to spend only minutes with you rather than hours. Maybe before you head south you could pay a visit to 'Wonderful Whidbey Island'. We are only 7 minutes from the Mukilteo/Clinton ferry. (make sure that you ask for the Senior Discount ticket at the toll booth). We are both so happy that we have had the pleasure of your presence in our lives.. It was very important to us that you were the first person to know of our intent to marry.. (Remember the Harbor Club lunch?) We wish you and Barbarann much joy in the sun. Our love for you will never end...... Roy and Rosalie Ballinger
18: Dear John, On the occasion of your retirement, it seems fitting to reflect on your accomplishments over your long, distinguished career. As the Seattle, then PNW managing partner of Arthur Andersen, you provided leadership and counsel for so many people. You helped to instill a sense of partnership and stewardship in the Andersen partners. Even though you had retired from AA before it fell apart, I think you deserve some of the credit for the fact that the PNW practice stayed largely intact and was the first practice to be acquired. Part of the attractiveness of the PNW practice to KPMG (and other firms) was the strong group of partners and client relationships. You played a big role in developing both. We worked closely together for many years. I remember when as a young partner you asked me to be the Audit Division head. I appreciated the way you covered for m y shortcomings as an administrator and helped me muddle my way through. I was continually impressed by your keen ability to recognize talent and people's strengths and weaknesses. You understand the importance of a team and how to blend different skills together to achieve an effective team. As a leader, you were also willing to take the heat from above to protect your team...the mark of a true leader. Your tireless efforts in the Seattle community have been recognized by many over the years. You set the bar very high and I don't think anyone will ever be able to match your achievements in that regard.
19: Along with your hard work and dedication, you also retained your keen sense of humor and we have had many laughs together. There are many times when the ability to laugh helps keep us sane. Thank you, John, for all you have done for me in my career. I am one of the many who owe you a big debt of gratitude. I wish you all the best in retirement...although I find it hard to picture you kicking back and not working. How about writing your memoirs? Rich McCune
20: John, Whether you were sharing business insights, connecting us with your vast business network or sharing fine wines and donuts, you've always been a pillar each of us could trust and rely on. Your generous spirit and consummate professionalism touched me and is an attribute I aspire to living each day. You are missed and I wish you every happiness, health and joy in however you choose to define your retirement. Always a phone call away for work or dinner/drinks in Palm Springs. Maria Datzer
21: John - As I started my career you were becoming the Seattle OMP. I lived in fear given the legendary stories told of "JAM". How fortunate I have been to not believe all the stories and get the chance to know and see the many facets of Mr. John A. Moga. While there are many tales spun about you, what I have come to know and appreciate is an excellent business man; a man that cares deeply about everyone regardless of role or position; a man that builds success based on a sincere interest in helping others; and a man driven towards success regardless of the circumstances and issues around him. I so appreciate your mentorship and friendship over the years. You were a steadying influence as we left Andersen and a confidant and mentor as I took on various leadership roles. You served as a role model in many of the things that I tried to do. I appreciate your leadership and friendship, and wish you great joy in your next endeavors - cause we all know you aren't slowing down. Carr Krueger
22: JOHN MOGA GODFATHER OF THE SEATTLE UNIVERSITY ACCOUNTING PROGRAM I arrived at Seattle University for the winter quarter of 1971. One evening that quarter, the accounting club was meeting in a windowless, poorly lighted, little room in the library. I swung over to see what was up. That is when I first met John Moga. He was hanging out with the accounting club students. Helping them out, looking for a few stars for Arthur. He was probably a manager at that point, guest speaking to a handful of accounting students. As long as I have been at Seattle University, John has been an accounting program constant. Before there was an Accounting Associates Advisory Board and fund, there was John Moga, leading the fund raising at Arthur Andersen for the Seattle University accounting program. When the Beta Alpha Psi chapter was installed in 1973, John Moga was made an honorary member of the chapter. In the early '80s, John led the effort to persuade the president of the university, Fr. William J. Sullivan, to allow the accounting department to create an Accounting Advisory Board to officially raise funds for student activities for scholarships, for certain faculty activities and to advise the faculty on professional accounting matters. This was during some fairly dark financial times for the university when Fr. Sullivan was more inclined to be shutting down the various little school funds he was finding around campus. We all viewed it as a daunting task, and nothing short of a miracle when it was achieved...pretty close to walking on water. But John was not to be deterred and he chaired the new Advisory Board for the first 10 years of its existence, reaching annual fund raising levels of $50,000 a year.
23: In 1990, the Advisory Board, under John's leadership, went out on a bit of a limb and agreed to partially underwrite a faculty expedition to Sansepolcro, Italy, the birthplace of the Father of Accounting, Fr. Luca Pacioli, to create a pilot film on the life of this great fifteenth century Franciscan monk. The result was the Pacioli Society, several academic articles, front page Wall Street Journal coverage, BBC andCBC television coverage of the international symposia, and some would say, the Great Academic Boondoggle of the 20th century. If you still don't believe that John is the godfather of the Seattle University accounting program, ask him to show you the photo of the fourteen-foot Carrara marble statue of him that stands in the Piazza San Francesco in Sansepolcro, Italy... take a look; that's John. Dave Tinius Professor of Accounting Seattle University
24: Moga retiring - I'm not buying it! It ain't happening! John, you've got to feel good about all the business professionals you've selected, developed and mentored over the years. Some might question your approach at times, but no one can question your effectiveness. There's a bunch of Moga "minions" running around out there who are making the business community a better place. Your decisiveness and fairness provided a model for all of us to follow.... and, it was never boring coming to work with/for you. Thanks John for all you've done for me and countless others. Best wishes Preston Prudente
25: John's engagement in our community is unparalleled and his ongoing passion for the arts was a great way to catch up over the years - I always enjoyed our conversations together about a shared favorite - Mark Rothko - and can only hope that he's able to take more time these days to indulge a bit more in galleries near and far! Thanks for being a great leader to us and a colleague - we're grateful for your humor, wisdom and consistent willingness to help on any front. Jen Wells
26: John: As a graduate of Seattle University I had heard about you and your commitment to supporting the university and the Seattle arts community long before I began my career as a consultant at Arthur Andersen. When I was an Undergraduate at SU in the accounting department, Bill Weis and Dave Tinius would describe how their relationship with Arthur Andersen and you in particular "put the program on the map" with the accounting firms in Seattle. While I was at Arthur Andersen we had limited exposure to each other but I do remember going to a "breakfast with John Moga" event which consisted of about eight to ten staff consultants, and tax and audit professionals. During the breakfast there was a question and answer section of the meeting. I remember one of the participants asking you "how have you managed to stay in Seattle your entire career?" And your response was something like..."If you stay utilized and busy then there is no need for the firm to move you". As a Seattle native and someone that also wanted to stay in the town where I was born and raised, your comment always stuck with me and now that I know the real John Moga, I understand how focused, diligent, busy and irreplaceable you have been during your entire career in the Pacific Northwest. Since Arthur Andersen I have really enjoyed the opportunity to work with you and get to know you on a personal level these past nine years at Hitachi Consulting. I remember when I was a newly promoted Vice President and you came into my office
27: and asked me how I was going to give back to the community and if I had thoughts about a non-profit organization to which I would like to become affiliated. We discussed my interests in education and you suggested two local organizations. When I selected the Alliance for Education you quickly found a way to make an introduction to the CEO through the Seattle Chamber of Commerce. That assistance got me connected to a great organization and I am very appreciative of your assistance in making the introduction. I have appreciated your friendship and especially your assistance with Shannan to get the Paul Havas painting for my birthday. The painting is wonderful and it would not have been possible without your involvement, connections and encouragement. The painting will hopefully be a family heirloom for generations to come and you will always be a key part of the fantastic story behind the painting. Your friend, Ian
28: John, Words for John: wine, community engagement, mentor and hyper networked. Wine is the first word on the list when I think of how you have enriched my career experience. Your introduction to Corliss continues to be a delight. I appreciate how you made me feel ok to be just a bit crazy about wine. But community engagement is the most powerful of these words and your long time example of community engagement is truly awesome. You have inspired those around you and helped them (me) to take the first steps into being engaged citizens. I hope we can continue to build on the legacy that you have given us. I first remember you as a mentor when Tamra brought you into the craziness that was World Vision. You listened. I was the distracted and rambling project manager but I remember our first lunch. You listened. I did end up getting kicked off the project but I am sure it wasn't because of your sage advice. You are the most hyper networked person I have ever met. The best part of that is that you are so willing and helpful in connecting others to your circle. I have benefited both personally and professionally from your help in connecting to just the right person. A votre sante. Tim
30: If there is anyone who truly embodies grace, style, manners and a true sense of human connection - it is John Moga. No one else knows what to do, where to go, or who to talk to more than Moga! And he is one of the most gracious and kind people I have ever met. Something we can all take a lesson from. I consider him a friend for life and hope to always be able to share a glass of fabulous wine with him and trade insider wine scoop! Kim Tamblyn | John - Generous, gracious, mentor, friend. I am so thankful that I have had the opportunity over the last few years to get to know you better. You always have a moment to spare and a thoughtful and wise perspective that is invaluable. Thank you John for your friendship and I look forward to many more years of fine wine and happy hours! Meredith Birkmeyer