All posts by Rich Frazier

About Rich Frazier

Rich Frazier is the founder and president of VisionConnect. An inspiring and motivating leader, Rich has over 21 years experience as a successful senior executive for some of the most influential organizations in the arts, higher education and healthcare. After a brief broadcasting career, Rich made the move to the non-profit sector because of the direct impact those organizations make on their communities. Rich is an avid musician and has been married to his wife, Carol, for 25 years. They have three children and reside in Chandler, Arizona. Rich volunteers his time at his church, the Chandler Cultural Foundation and the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership. He is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

The More Things Change…

In the beginning, it seemed like a good idea and I promise, it was with the best intentions. But some things, I guess, just don’t change.

I’m talking about trying to organize the band, football, cheer and ROTC boosters to work together to raise money for the trip to Ireland they are taking next August. As I’ve told you, my son, Jack, will be an incoming freshman in band and I volunteered to help strategize fundraising efforts.

At first, I really thought we had a chance to bring down some barriers.…

Tears Don’t Flow the Same in Space…

We talk a lot about the value of music and arts programs in our schools. About the life skills learned: leadership, teamwork and responsibility. I want to talk about something much simpler: lasting friendships and a pure love of music.

In the late 1960’s two young men entered the U.S. Naval Academy at the same time. Their friendship started while playing alongside each other in the Navy’s Drum and Bugle Corps and it grew during their Academy days. After graduation, they maintained their friendship and each went on to distinguished careers as military pilots. In a tragic twist of fate, Charles Burlingame and Frank Culbertson, Jr. each played a unique role in one of our nation’s darkest days.