BFF, Partner-in-Crime, Business Partner, Amigo – what I do know is my life without Katie would be like missing a limb (and not just my left arm, like one of the important ones. Wait, they’re not all important? See, Katie finds banter like this funny). She may be tall, blonde, and as physically opposite from me as possible, but we are kindred spirits that understand the need for emails at 3 AM because we know the other is up, the life changing effects of a monkey in a fur coat, and how to cause general debauchery at every social event in Seattle. Katie is brilliant, hilarious, and the best friend a gal could ever ask for.
Tom is 5 years older than me and the eldest of my 3 brothers. He has been the best coach and mentor throughout my life. He continues to inspire me simply by just being who he is, and is affectionately referred to as “Father Tom” – for the wisdom and insights he imparts on all of us. He is the father to my beautiful nephew, Oliver, and niece, Opal, and husband to my multi-talented sister-in-law, Emily.
Binh is 4 years older than me, and therefore the second oldest of my 3 brothers. Binh has always been my protector. He has watched over me and provided for me during my college years and beyond. We lived together for several years after college and thanks to that time, he has become my closest friend. He has always been the first person I went to with issues and celebrations, that I hold the utmost trust and respect, and the only phone number I’ve had memorized for over a decade (my emergency contact!). I miss living with Binh not only for his friendship, however, but his amazing cooking!
Trung is 2 years older than me, and the third oldest of my 3 brothers. Thanks to being the closest in age, Trung was my best friend growing up – my soul mate. No matter how much he tortured me or picked on me, as long as I got to hang out with him I didn’t care. Trung and I did everything together as kids and have more inside jokes than our family or friends care to acknowledge. He is one of the smartest, funniest people I know and the best Uncle probably of all time.
My younger brother, he was my companion growing up and always challenged me to be better. He has a wonderful family of his own now with a newborn son Roman, and his lovely wife Kira. I have a lot of respect for the man he has become.
My younger sister, she has always been very smart and logical. She has impressed me, along with all of our family and friends, by raising a great son Rowan while finishing college at my Alma Mater, Oregon State. It has been very rewarding to watch her grow every day.
My youngest sibling, she is the baby of the family that is surprising us all. She has a strong passion to help others as evidenced by her recent trip to Uganda to teach orphaned children. She is starting college, also at Oregon State, and I look forward to seeing what she has in store for us.
HONORARY BRIDAL PARTY:
Between Katie, Jason and I – we are the Three Amigos and never that far from each other. Jason is one of the most loyal, unselfish, and caring individuals I’ve ever met and we became friends instantly. Jason makes you feel like the most important person when you’re with him, always engaged with you and only you. He’s empathetic to others needs, and speaks the truth when you need to hear it.
Alaina and I worked together for several years, and if anyone has worked in non-profit knows that means we’ve gone to hell and back together. Alaina will always stand up for what she believes in, including the people in her life, and I appreciate her for her genuine warmth, unwavering confidence and the humility to always be growing as a person. Not to mention – the girl definitely knows how to have a good time 🙂 Let’s be honest, Alaina always starts the party and ends the party!
I’ve known Matt since 5th grade, and when he finally made the trek back to Washington and moved to Seattle, our friendship picked up where it left off – but better. Matt is one of the best guys I’ve ever met. I mean truly, truly solid. There are not many like Matt, that would drop everything without hesitation to help whether he knew you or not. Since we grew up together, he helps keep me grounded and close to my small town roots. I appreciate Matt’s friendship so much and can’t remember what it was like before he moved back to the Northwest.
Since the days in the basement of KTBA, Cori and I met in July 2006 when we both started work at the same company on the same day. Our desks were less than 5 feet from each other for years, and it grew into a very close relationship. She has been by my side through much love, heartbreak, and shoes. Over the years I found that I could never live without Cori in my life, and even though she has moved back to her hometown Chicago, regular skype dates and thoughtful gifts here and there continue to keep us together!
Ian and I became friends over our shared love of philanthropy, travel, beer and sports. He is one of the most realistic, humble, and giving people that I know. Our conversations are often meaningful, sometimes heated, but always in good faith of our friendship and to improving the world as we know it (and don’t know it). Another Chicago native, my favorite thing about Ian is when he takes the time just to call me on the phone to say “hey”. Not to mention, he is a Truong Family favorite!
HONORARY GROOMS PARTY:
We went to rival High Schools and played each other in sports growing up, which lead to a healthy distaste for one another. However, after we met freshman year in college, he immediately grew to be one of my best friends. We share a lot of the same values in life and no matter how long it’s been between seeing each other we always pick up right where we left off. He is married to a great friend and great girl, Jen.
Zach has been one of my closest friends throughout my life. He was my best friend through middle school and high school, my college room-mate freshman year in the dorms, and we’ve had a lot of good times and fun reunions as “adults”. Zach is a very fun guy to be around and when with him I’m reminded to relax and have fun.
Our friendship started in 5th grade when we played together on a basketball team coached by his father. We spent a lot of time together throughout our youth traveling to different AAU tournaments and became great friends in the meantime. Through Shasta trips, poker nights in college, and now trips to Denver to visit him in his current home, Nick has remained a loyal friend and I am fortunate to have him in my life.
Scott and I bonded mostly over football growing up, as he was always the quarterback and I was always the running back on our teams. We both have the same competitive spirit and we became great friends over the years. Scott is another friend I’ve been lucky to maintain as a young kid, through middle school, high school and through college. If our group had a “wild card” it would be Scott and he is always a blast to have around no matter the occasion. Scott is set to marry the new edition to our group, Aly.