e-Compass – May 2010

Hobby Highlight

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams.

Bob Marvel

“Let us run with endurance, the race that is set before us.” Hebrews 12:1

When featuring a Pastor who is also a marathon runner, we thought this verse was apropos. Bob Marvel’s dedication to the sport of marathon running is motivational for sure; but that’s no surprise when you consider that his life’s work is based on inspiring people every week as the head Pastor at Cornwall Church.

When Bob was 35 years old he made a list of things he wanted to accomplish. Running a marathon was one of them. With his wife, Doreen, running by his side for 9 races, Bob shares the biblical parallel: Life is full of challenges. Life is not a sprint. It’s a marathon with ups and downs, and we have to learn to put one foot in front of the other and persevere. His greatest reward for the hundreds of hours of training is the overwhelming feeling of accomplishment, conquering the 26 miles, crossing the finish line knowing he was able to overcome whatever challenges were presented. When a running friend of Bob’s was asked why he doesn’t run a half-marathon, he explains, “Because I’m not afraid of a half-marathon.” Overcoming fears, insecurities and physical limitations is what keeps marathon runners coming back, race after race. Maybe it’s best described by Fred Lebow, New York City Marathon’s co-founder: “”The marathon is a charismatic event. It has everything. It has drama. It has competition. It has camaraderie. It has heroism. Every jogger can’t dream of being an Olympic champion, but he can dream of finishing a marathon.”

Bob tells us that with the busy schedule of a wife, family and demanding career, finding the time and commitment to train requires compromise. He says that other hobbies such as snowboarding and weight lifting are put aside in order to carve out enough time to train for a race. To prepare for the Boston Marathon, Bob runs about 50 miles a week and does cross-training twice a week. He says that at age 46 it takes his body longer to recover, but luckily he has not faced any serious injuries. As he gets older he trains smarter, not harder!

For Bob, running is a great stress reliever and it keeps him emotionally healthy. He loves the sport because it’s accessible anytime, in any weather and it requires virtually no special equipment. Although he advises that for anyone thinking about getting involved, it helps to have a training partner. The more motivation, the better!

When asked about one particular marathon experience that stands out in his memory, Bob tells us about the Las Vegas marathon; a run he needed to do in order to qualify for his first Boston Marathon. The race started out very well. At the half mark he was well ahead of his projected time and he was very optimistic about finishing with no problems. Right at that point, a head wind hit him and started eating up his time. He had to grapple for all the strength and endurance he could muster (getting back to the biblical parallel we talked about earlier!) but in the end he finished at 3 hours 19 minutes, his best time yet.

As this article is being written, Bob has just returned from running the Boston Marathon; his 16th race since writing that “To Do” list 11 years ago. He ran it in 3 hours, 20 minutes and 54 seconds! A great time, and enough to qualify him to run the Boston again! So after hearing this story, don’t you think we can all put on our sneakers and at least go for a brisk walk?!

Multop Financial has been honored to provide tax preparation and financial planning support to the Marvel family for several years. To learn more about how Pastor Marvel inspires his congregation whether he’s on or off the pavement, visit www.cornwallchurch.com.

Business Beacon

“Find something you love to do and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.” –Harvey MacKay.

Eide Homes

“A brother is a friend God gave you; a friend is a brother your heart chose for you.” Proverb.

No quote could be more appropriate for this month’s featured business, Eide Homes, Inc.

When a summer job turns into a gold-standard business you know it’s more than luck; it’s meant to be. Such is the case with Michael and John Eide, two brothers who joined forces to establish one of the most highly respected home construction companies in Whatcom County. Here is a testimonial from one of their most recent clients, “When my wife and I purchased a new home that was unfinished, a raw shell to say the least, we knew we needed a construction team with extraordinary talent and quality craftsmanship if it was to become the dream home we hoped for. Michael and John Eide accepted the project, and the results exceed every expectation we had. They are true professionals with big hearts and unwavering integrity.” Phil Multop.

There is something special about a family business, but what makes Eide Homes unique is the group of subcontractors and vendors they surround themselves with. Each one has a passion for their work and it shows in the details of each Eide home. Michael shares, “We take the opportunity of building a home very seriously. Every detail matters. To our client it’s much more than a building project; it’s an important part of the dream they have for their family.” And certainly these brothers know about family. The summer job Michael and John worked at back in 1981 was helping their brother-in-law build a house. When the project was over, the brothers decided to try it themselves and the rest is history. Specializing in the Semiahmoo area and other unique locations around the county, Michael and John enjoy building luxury homes that respect the environment and also reflect the personalities of the homeowners. On working each day with his brother, Michael says, “we have built a strong mutual trust over the years. We have the advantage of sharing the same ideas with regards to quality, commitment and work ethic. Within the company we have different responsibilities and things we like to do. That part has come naturally. But the biggest challenge is being able to step aside and enjoy time together as an extended family, with our wives and kids without talking about the business!”

When navigating the uncertain economy of today the Eide’s understand the ebb and flow of the construction trade. They tell us that although business slows down during times like this, people want quality more than ever. If they are making the commitment to build or purchase a new home in this economy, it must truly be their dream. And that’s where the Eide’s shine … building dreams, one plank at a time!

As said by Ralph Waldo Emerson, “The ornaments of a house are the friends who frequent it.” Multop Financial is honored to say the Eide brothers have been clients and friends for over 20 years. To see their beautiful work, go to www.eidehomes.com and view the Gallery.

Team Focus:

Melanie & Aretha at Troon North, Arizona

Never ever doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed. It is the only thing that ever has. -Margaret Mead

Cooking up some trouble in the desert!

What do you get when you cross a business conference in Scottsdale, with a 5-Star executive chef? You get a pretty darn good recipe for Chipotle Chicken Salad! That’s what happened two weeks ago when Melanie and Aretha participated in a culinary seminar at the Four Seasons Resort Troon North. Part way through the Top Producer Conference, hosted by our broker/dealer Pacific West Securities, Executive Chef Mecinas (photo below) of the resort hosted a cooking class, featuring a couple of his fresh and lively salad recipes, one of which was a favorite with both Aretha and Mel, and we are happy to share it with you (see below).

The Four Seasons Resort Troon North is truly a spectacular place; intimate, quiet and authentically “Arizona” with the teetering boulders of Pinnacle Peak as the backdrop, prickly pear cactus along the pathways and spicy desert fare on every dinner plate.

As one of four Pinnacle award winners for leadership among the over 350 independent representatives with Pacific West, Phil Multop was honored for the second year in a row. Tyler and Aretha joined Phil and Melanie on the celebratory trip, which included several keynote speaker addresses, business classes, economic updates and of course, the cooking class which was great fun.

In the words of Harriet Von Horne, “Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all.” Certainly that’s true when it comes to the flavors of lime, chive and chipotle spice. We hope you try the recipe (served well with a glass of chilled Pinot Grigio!)

4 – 6oz grilled, roasted or BBQ’d chicken breast
2 avocados
1 lime
¾ cup diced cucumbers
½ cup mayonnaise
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
1 tbsp chopped cilantro
2 tbsp chopped chives
2 tsp chipotle puree (found in the Southwest or Mexican section of the grocery store).

Dice the cooked chicken into small cubes. Place in a large mixing bowl with cucumbers, mustard, mayo, cilantro, chives and chipotle puree. Mix well. Squeeze in juice from the lime and season with salt and pepper to taste. To assemble: Peel the avocados and cut in half. Remove seed. Cut into very thin slices and shape into a small bowl. Fill “bowl” with chicken salad. Drizzle with olive oil and/or dust with dry chipotle seasoning or smoky paprika. Adjust the flavors to your personal taste.


NFL Star Michael Koenen presents, The 2010 All-Star NFL Football Kids Camp!

Date: Saturday, June 5, 2010
Time: 1pm-5pm
Place: Ferndale High School
Admission: Free! (Pre-registration is required).

2nd Annual Whatcom County Alumni All-Star Basketball Showdown!

Date: Saturday, June 5, 2010
Time: Tip-off @ 6pm (with pre-game festivities beginning at 4:30pm)
Place: Ferndale High School
Admission:; Free! Seating is limited – Get there early! Raffle tickets: $5 each.