SVPAZ Newbie | Carrick Sears

Jan 27, 2017

2Carrick Sears headshotCarrick Sears joined the Partnership in September, 2016. He is a Senior Investment Advisor with  SVN  |  Desert Commercial Advisors.

Carrick grew up on a cattle ranch in northern California and obtained a B.S. in business administration from St. Mary’s College in the Bay Area.

Prior to moving to Arizona in 2008, he was a corporate finance and real estate professional with a number of Fortune 500. During his transition to Arizona, he obtained his MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management.

We asked Carrick to share a bit more about himself. Here’s what he had to say:

  • What led you to SVP? I was looking to get involved in an overarching nonprofit organization that helped a handful of other organizations; an umbrella type organization that would help other nonprofits be more productive, efficient and effective in our community. So when I heard about SVPAZ, applying a venture capital philosophy to social causes was like hitting bingo for me!
  • What do you most look forward to / hope to accomplish as a Partner? In 2017 I am looking forward to being a mentor to a nonprofit in Fast Pitch, meeting other Partners and learning about other worthy nonprofits in our community. Longer term, I want  to help empower nonprofits to be sustainable and as self-sufficient as possible through earned income models, so they can accomplish great things that will help our community level up.
  • What’s your motto? Teach a man how to fish instead of giving him fish. Taking it a step further, teach him how to make his own fishing pole, point him in the direction of a clean lake, and equip him to overcome any obstacles he may encounter on his way there.
  • What’s your most marked characteristic? By the age of 13, I had started six businesses.

    The Sears’ Ranch


    Working the family Ranch during the holidays

  • When and where are you happiest? Outdoors enjoying all that nature has to offer ideally hiking, mountain biking or kayaking.
  • What’s on your bucket list? Africa safari trip, Alaskan cruise, Amalfi coast bike tour, the San Francisco to LA AIDS Lifecycle bike ride, Eastern Europe trekking, exploring more Asian and Latin American countries.
  • What four words would other people use to describe you?
    • Visionary
    • Giving
    • Optimistic
    • Leader