John Dawe is the president of Dawe Consulting. Dawe, 30, attended Lake-Lehman High School and graduated from Mansfield University with a degree in communications technology. He received his master’s degree in nonprofit management from North Park University. John lives in Kingston. What were some of the jobs you held before you decided to start your own business? “I worked at Circuit City in sales. I also worked at Solid Cactus in several capacities. I went from project manager to client services to IT support and then marketing operations.” Those jobs seemed like good preparation for your future. Tell us about your consulting group? “A small business or nonprofit organization will often get up and running and the people involved with them will have taken them as far as they can go on their own. This is where a consultant comes in and tries to improve capacity and marketing strategies. This will include strategic planning, business development, branding, fund raising and communications planning. We help businesses get back to why they started their business and let them get back to focusing on the important aspects and details of their business. We listen to them and offer suggestions that will hopefully benefit their future.” Aside from your duties within your company, you also serve as executive director of the NEPA Rainbow Alliance. What’s on the horizon for the organization? “The annual NEPA PrideFest at Kirby Park will be on Sunday, Aug. 12. We are best known for this event, which is the largest gathering of LGBT and allied individuals and families in the region. It is an extraordinary event that has grown immensely the last four or five years. We originally had about 75 guests and that number has grown to over 2,000 in recent years. There is live entertainment, vendors, exhibitors and many family activities. For more information go to gaynepa.com.” The power of the alliance does not stop there. It is also involved in other avenues as well? “We are also heavily involved with the local and National Anti-Bullying Coalition (NABC). There have been significant strides in combating bullying in our local schools. Another project that is meaningful is our annual CreatAThon which is a 24-hour creative blitz that provides tens of thousands of dollars worth of creative services to nonprofits. Applications for this can be found currently at nepacat.org.” You and the organizations that you are involved with should be highly commended. In regards to your ethics and morals, was there that certain someone who influenced you in your life? “Without a doubt, my parents have been supportive of whatever cause that I have been working on. They have always led by example in philanthropy, service and faith.” Who do you follow on Twitter? “TL News. Actually, people follow me on Twitter, I hope.” What’s in your fridge? “Bacon, ask anyone, they will get that of me.” Do you have a favorite eatery to visit? “I love getting cupcakes and brownies at Truly Scrumptious in Kingston.” What are some of your favorite television shows? “I’m a big Star Trek and Glee fan.” Do you have a favorite musician or type of music? “I have a background in classical music so I would have to say classical choral. I love the free weekend concerts during the summers at Wyoming Seminary Performing Arts Institute.” What do you think needs the most improvement in Northeast Pennsylvania? “Community education combats apathy. If you understand all the issues that effect the area, you can work with the processes that are in place or you can work to change them.” What are you most proud of in regards to your profession? “I would have to say that receiving my CFRE (Certified Fundraising Executive) credential was a very proud moment.” John Gordon writes about area people for the Meet feature. Reach him at 970-7229.