Chapter 8:A Tall Tree in the Forest

David Blackmon was an imposing man. Tall, blond, athletic, and good looking, he had been the quarterback on his college football team 15 years ago and the class president. At 6′5″ he towered like a sequoia over most everyone he met, and when he strutted into a room, women noticed and men got just a bit more edgy. It would be safe to call David an alpha male.

J.C. first met him socially at a large community foundation, where David was the executive director and CEO. They exchanged niceties and business cards, but neither of them followed up on the connection until J.C. got a call from the chairperson of the foundation, Max Ingersoll. After an introduction including the reference to one of J.C.’s former clients, ...

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