Sure there will be a by-product of this place helping Porters. I'm not denying that. But just like at Porters, I - me - John Chapman, does NOT subscribe to the almighty dollar at all costs.....or to be honest at pretty much any costs.
I have 2 undergrad degrees in Economics, a minor in French, and an MBA. I'm waaaaaaaaaaay over educated for this shit. However, I made a life changing decision at 26 after blowing through all that schooling and then only spending 9 months in "corporate America" in the financial district of San Francisco to know that I was chasing fool's gold and would be miserable for the rest of my life if I didn't walk away from it all and do something that I was passionate about.....and accept whatever salary or lifestyle that would provide for me.
I'm an only child....of an only child (my dad), and only have one set of grandparents alive. I'm 39 years old and have been engaged twice but never married. Not sure if that will ever happen, and I'm not too concerned about it either.
The point of all of this?
I don't need the money for two reasons:
A) I'll have enough squirreled away between what I'll inherit from my parents and grandparents and what I have in my Roth IRA and investments that I could just go live in a hut in Alaska for all I care. And that's not even taking into account the value of Porters that I personally have a 33% stake in (parents another 33% and EMPLOYEES who I've largely GIVEN / sold at a discount the other 33%). I could just sell my portion and walk away and forget the inheritance or my personal securities and investments and be just fine.
B) I don't give a shit about it as it is the root of all evil in the end anyways
Why would I put the effort into this place then?
Because there is TRULY altruism involved here. I've been snowboarding for 20 years and I've been one lucky guy to have ridden where I have, to have met who I have, and to have the knowledge and experience that I have. I have a STRONG moral compass that guides me in trying to live a life of service and helping others. Call it the core "message" of Christianity or the "tao te ching" of Taoism or some other eastern philosophy, but I promise you that I'm not motivated by money. In short, I'm in a good enough financial position to afford to do this. More importantly I'm in a position to provide things that this community wouldn't have access to without it.
Most importantly? I'd be a selfish asshole if I didn't take the things that have been given to me and do something positive with them. I have the "power" - a la the original Spiderman movie quote that comes to mind for some reason - and it's my responsibility to do something with that for a greater good. Just selling shit cheaper and cheaper and blowing up your snowboard business or website with the INTENTION of putting people out of business is fucked imo....and you all know who I'm talking about. Call it truly living by "paying it forward" or the greater christianity / tao te ching, but trust me District, this is NOT some dog 'n pony show to pad my pockets.
I can't wait to go ride with Spenser in Haines, AK. I'd love to ride at Revelstoke or Sunshine or Baldface with D and Doc and the rest of the Canucks up there....and in PNW or UT or CO or VT with other Loungers...and you at Snowbird for instance there District.
I give a shit....because well....I give a shit. No strings attached. No ulterior motives. No bullshit.
Ask ANYONE who knows me personally. I'm not going to break my arm patting myself on my back because that's just ego and not having your heart and motives in the right place. But seriously. Ask anyone. And if not, it will be clear over the course of this winter as we keep rolling out things with EasyLoungin that my actions will line up with with these words....