For Brett Dillenberg, a board member on the
Torrance Memorial Health Care Foundation, recognizing potential for success seems to come naturally. Thirty years
ago, he moved from New York to Los Angeles to attend the University of
Southern California. Just four years after graduating with a bachelor
of science in business administration, he started his own mortgage brokerage
company, which went on to be named one of INC's top ten fastest growing
companies and led him to earn an Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur
of the Year award.
Now the President for RPM Mortgage in Southern California, Dillenberg has
expanded his focus toward successful ventures in his community—one
of the reasons he joined
Torrance Memorial's Foundation Board.
"Torrance Memorial has a phenomenal platform with strong leadership
which, I believe has been key to establishing them as the preferred medical
provider in our area," says Dillenberg.
"Utilizing my skills in fundraising and community awareness development,
I believe my position on the Foundation Board will help educate people
on the importance of the hospital and the care they provide."
It helps that Dillenberg has had direct experience with Torrance Memorial's
services. "With three kids, aged 20, 17, and 13, we have spent a
lot of time in the ER with the children's broken bones due to sports,"
Torrance Memorial has been a care provider for multiple generations of
his family and Dillenberg realized that the hospital "was and is
going to be a necessity for both kids and parents—and it provided
a great opportunity to get involved in the community.
Dillenberg believes that local businesses benefit from having such a high
caliber medical center in their community. "As an employer, you need
to take care of your employees. You want your employees to be healthy,
because healthier employees are happier and more productive."
Because Torrance Memorial has a focus on wellness and prevention as well
as top-notch care, Dillenberg sees them as a focal point in the South
Bay. "Torrance Memorial is a lot more than health care—they
provide education and specific programs to empower the community to be
healthier. Healthier individuals have a ripple effect throughout the area,
leading to healthier kids, happier families, better employees—it
really can improve the area as a whole."
Having been on the Board for several years, Dillenberg focuses his efforts
on educating other business owners in the community that might be interested
in philanthropic endeavors or looking for ways to give back to their community.
The Board meets quarterly, where they brainstorm ways to connect with partners
and plan fundraising events like the Torrance Memorial Golf Tournament,
which has provided capital for construction of the $450 million new Lundquist
Tower, scheduled to open November 2014. The Board also reaches out to
benefactors for community events like the Holiday Festival and Light Up
a Life, which raises funds for patient services.
Dillenberg would like to see others in the community contribute to what
he sees as another successful endeavor.
"I really feel that business owners should get behind Torrance Memorial
and embrace what they have to offer. It's critical we support such
high caliber medical care not just for our families, but for our community
as a whole."