Emerging Philanthropists Spotlight: Lou Barkman

When did you first start supporting United Way? Why did you join EP?                  

I joined in 2002-03 in order to meet like-minded folks focused on the community and giving back

What was your first job? 

I started making $3.25 an hour when I was 14 sorting empty returnable bottles and stocking shelves at Trade Vine Party Shoppe.

What was your most memorable volunteering experience? 

Helping my wife with her Gilda’s Club / Bras for a Cause event each year.

What is your favorite pastime / hobby?

Live sports (Lions and Spartans) and entertainment (concerts and comedians).

Who is your favorite author?              

Michael Lewis – author of “Flash Boys” and “The Big Short”