Langley, British Columbia—Paul Weme, now former owner of John Deere's number one Lawn and Garden dealership, has sold his Langley business to join Trinity Western University's development office as Senior Development Representative. After taking his dealership from a $800,000 business to a $5 million business, Weme has returned to what he feels is his calling—fundraising.
"It is so exciting to build a relationship with a donor and see the fruits of the partnership come to fulfillment when the funding comes in," says Weme.
In 1993, after ten years of development experience with Child Evangelism Fellowship and Northwest Baptist College, Weme followed the advice of a friend and entered the corporate arena.
"My friend told me that in order to be a well-rounded fundraiser, I would need to experience the corporate world to gain an awareness of what a donor is sensing and feeling," recalls Weme.
The advice paid off. Weme's seven-year experience equipped him with practical education so that he could return to fundraising with greater vision and understanding. He now brings that perspective to Trinity Western University as he raises funds that will help students develop and fulfill their own vision and goals.
"I feel a sense of peace leaving what many would term as security, to follow my calling," says Weme. "My goal for the next few years is to build a larger base of TWU supporters and to form strong and mutually beneficial partnerships with those in the local community."
Trinity Western University, located in Langley, B.C., is a privately funded Christian liberal arts university enrolling 2,850 students this year. With a broad-based, liberal arts and sciences curriculum, the University offers undergraduate degrees in 34 major areas ranging from business, education and computer science to biology and nursing, and 12 graduate degrees including counselling psychology, theology and administrative leadership.
Last Updated: 2012-08-21