A Second Job in Memory of a High School Friend

For one employee at Greater China, “working hours” extend well beyond the office. Mark Hanan, going on his third year as an Import Executive at the company, is a long-standing board member for The Joshua P. Williams Foundation, and is serving his 6th year as Event Director. “Josh was a friend of mine in high school that died in a snowboarding accident when we were 16,” says Mark. “His parents set up this organization in his honor.”


For 14 years, the foundation has provided vital support to five local charities on the Sammamish Plateau. They typically donate $100,000 each year, and have granted over $1.5 million in total contributions to beneficiary organizations. Their single source of fund raising is an annual one-day bonanza starting with a celebrity golf tournament, and concluding with a dinner and auction.


Making the multi-event day happen is a yearlong effort for Mark. “You can call it my second job,” he proudly states, devoting upwards of 250 hours of after-hours service in managing the hundreds of related details. The tournament involves five-person scramble teams, each including a local celebrity. The Seahawk’s Jermaine Kearse participated this year. Other players have included KOMO Morning Anchor Brad Goode and two bachelors from ABC’s “The Bachelorette.” Students from area high schools are recruited to join in the effort as cart drivers and caddies.


In his precious free time, Mark pursues his other passion of travel. He spent months in his younger days backpacking South America with a college friend, trekking across Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, and Uruguay. “It was an amazing experience,” he states. “When you go into these poverty stricken areas, it gives you a better perspective of how great our country is, and how good we truly have it.” He also spent three and a half months backpacking through Europe. He counts his next destination as Thailand and Southeast Asia or Iceland and Croatia, the two remaining European countries he’s yet to visit.


Mark’s travel experiences serve him well on the job, interacting with clients across the US, Canada, and Mexico. His passion for the foundation honoring his friend’s memory serves him well in life. Greater China proudly salutes Mark’s non-profit efforts, as well as the charitable work of all team members.


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