What do you do after a career at BMW? Ep 17

What to do after retirement? Tom McGurn will talk to us about finding our passion. You can listen to the show at http://rockyourretirement.libsyn.com/what-do-you-do-after-a-career-at-bmw

What do you do after a career at BMW?

Tom McGurn shows us what do you do after a career at BMWTom McGurn earned his first paycheck as a journalist writing sports for a daily newspaper while still in high school. He continued to work as a part-time journalist during college and then pursued a career in public relations after graduation. In 1975, at age 28, and with about 5 years of experience, he got a huge break. He was hired as part of the start-up management team at BMW of North America. The sales and marketing arm for Bavarian Motor Works. He didn’t leave until he retired at the end of 2007. During his career, Tom was responsible for public relations, industry affairs, dealer relations, and a host of communication responsibilities, including: speech writing, corporate meetings and training.  When he retired he had to ask himself the question, “What do you do after a career at BMW“?


Tom discovered early on in his retirement that one of the things he wanted to do was volunteer, as he did during his career. Tom is a seasoned corporate communication professional and writer. He uses his experience to offer clients fresh perspectives on their communications needs and customer focused writing.   That's how he was able to answer the question, “What do you do after a career at BMW“?

  • He is an active volunteer with SCORE. Offering free business counseling for people who are thinking about starting a small business and those who want to increase the performance of an existing business.

What do you think people should know BEFORE they retire?

How much fun it will be and how you will have control of your life to do what you want when you want.

We have a lot of listeners who are new retirees or maybe feel stuck in their lives at the moment.  If you were sitting across the table from a new retiree, what’s the one piece of advice that you would give to have a successful retirement?

What is your passion? Follow your passion, whether it's volunteerism, tutoring, a hobby, recreation, or self-improvement. Do something with and for others

If you would like more information on either volunteering or using the services SCORE offers, you can go to: https://sandiego.score.org/

or for the National SCORE the website is https://www.score.org/

If you would like to visit the Cal State San Marcos website and learn more about the foundation board, you can go to:


SCORE San Diego and Sally Broff: Episode 11

Let's talk about SCORE with Sally Broff. You can listen to the show at the bottom of this page or on your smartphone.

SCORE San Diego

Raised in the Pittsburgh area, she left for college in 1967 attending Brandeis University. She followed that with a master’s degree at Boston University. Sally lived in Boston until 1993, working for some very small manufacturing companies.

In 1986, she and her partner founded a manufacturer's representative company specializing in selling power sources to manufacturers.

Then in 1993 she sold her portion of the business to her partner and moved to Southern California where she and her life partner founded a company. They ran that company for 10 years and sold it in 2007.  This is where her retirement began.  After that, Sally joined SCORE, a national organization that serves small businesses.


  • Sally and her partner Bob have a 12-year age difference and age has not been an issue for them.
  • Sally does a variety of activities with friends in the community she lives in.


  • Sally likes to take one big trip each year and has been to some fascinating places such as; a trip to the Middle East last year, a cruise around South America, a land tour in China, and the Greek Islands.


  • She is the very first female president of the SCORE San Diego chapter. Learn what SCORE is and how she helps people through her volunteer work.
  • Once she steps down from SCORE as president in October 2016, she is not settling down! Sally plans to look into more volunteering opportunities including American Association of University Women (AAUW) and she would like to work with kids who are aging out of the foster care program.


Sally and Bob, along with two other couples in their community, exercise every other day. Their ages range from 60 to 80 years old. Exercising helps keep her healthy, helps with balance and her core strength.

She wishes she knew that in retirement she could stay so busy. Sally was worried she would end up being a couch potato with nothing to do.  She recommends that you find something that gives you the feeling that you are still making a contribution to society.  This can be a hobby, volunteer work, or even a new business venture.

If you would like to contact the San Diego SCORE chapter you can go to www.sandiego.score.org and the National SCORE website is: www.score.org

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