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San Francisco Banker Goes (Six) Extra Miles For Non Profit Customer

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    For Gabriel Speyer, doing good during his 9-5, apparently isn't good enough (Published Tuesday, Jul 29, 2014)

    When it comes to work/life balance, there are those among us who are more than happy to close the door at the end of the work day and not give the job another thought until the next shift begins.

    Others, for better or worse, take work home with them more often than not.

    Then, there is someone like Gabriel Speyer.

    The Bank of America client manager not only takes his work from the office, he brings it with him to the shores of San Francisco Bay.

    Then he dives right in.

    Gabriel Speyer is a client manager for Bank of America specializing in community development banking.
    Photo credit: Garvin Thomas

    Gabriel is training for the 8th annual Bridge to Bridge 10k Swim in early August. He is doing it to raise money for the non profit Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation. Gabriel is familiar with TNDC because he has spent the past 10 years helping them create affordable housing in the increasingly-unaffordable City of San Francisco.

    "I can walk through the Tenderloin," Gabriel says, "and see buildings under construction or complete and I can say Bank of America financed that deal, and I worked on that. That's pretty great."

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    But not great enough, it would seem, for Gabriel.

    He is so impressed with the work done at TNDC, he decided to dedicate his free time to raising money for them as well. 

    Gabriel is training to swim the 8th annual Bridge To Bridge 10k Swim from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Bay Bridge
    Photo credit: Garvin Thomas

    A grateful Don Flock at the TNDC says, "Gabriel really wants to make a difference and his work at the bank is not enough."

    Gabriel, though swimming competitively in high school and college, is pretty sure he has never swum as far as he will during the Bridge to Bridge (approximately 6 miles). "Certainly not in the Bay," Gabriel adds. He is training with regular workouts in a pool as well as in San Francisco's Aquatic Park.

    If Gabriel is fortunate, his swim will be as successful as his fund-raising. After reaching his original goal of $5,000 halfway through his fund-raising window, Gabriel upped the amount to $7,500. He has almost topped that goal with more than a week left before the swim.

    Though a competitive swimmer in high school and college, Gabriel says he has never before swum the distance needed to get from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Bay Bridge (approximately 6 miles).
    Photo credit: Garvin Thomas

     

    Asked why he would dedicate so much of his free time to help a group that he already helps during his day job, Gabriel says it is simply another way to support a cause he finds worthwhile.

    "An athletic challenge is a great way to show your commitment to a cause and this is just something I believe in."