Getting to Know Quinn Zweigle October 2016

Quinn Z. Weigle

Although Quinn Zweigle says he was sort of “roped into” his first volunteer position with IFT, he’s run full speed ahead with his subsequent endeavors. He stepped up when the San Joaquin subsection needed a member at large and later, a chair, and when the subsection decided to form its own entity, he helped lead the charge. “After over a year worth of arduous work, we were successful in creating a nonprofit business organization in the state of California, no simple task to volunteer for,” he recalls.

Zweigle agreed to serve as president elect for the inaugural year and spent the following three overseeing the new full section. “It has not been easy as there is sacrifice in volunteerism, but ‘the juice is worth the squeeze’ with the network, connections, and opportunities I have gained with IFT,” he says.

As a result of these section leadership roles, Zweigle was asked to become a Leadership Summit Program Ambassador, a platform he used to share the formula behind his section’s New Professionals program. While he says that every section must determine the specifics of what will work for its members, one thing he values about the San Joaquin Section’s (SJIFT) approach is the time its board members spend together having a “family meal” before their meetings. “I personally enjoy the chance to get to know my fellow ‘family’ board members, share experiences, and grow together through this mutual opportunity we volunteered or were recruited to do,” he reflects.

While Zweigle enjoys the time he spends volunteering, that doesn’t mean he hasn’t been concerned at times about the commitment it entails. To achieve work life balance, he relies on the strength of the IFT volunteer community. “My time is tested regularly, but this is why I have always appreciated the SJIFT board of directors. Everyone serving on a committee to a board position has the same life struggles. At the end of the day, we all work together, back each other up, and cover responsibilities when needed to ensure the work gets done,” he says.

Despite the struggles he has occasionally faced while volunteering, Zweigle says that taking challenging situations step by step has helped him follow through with his commitments and ask for more. “My greatest successes were situations that internally scared me,” he says. “A good example was my first chair leadership role for SJIFT. I was scared, sick to my stomach, and a nervous wreck in my initial thoughts of taking this job on. But I knew if I could learn and master the job that it would be personal and professional growth.”

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