Tavan Pechet is President of Pechet Advisors where he advises families on Family Office Management including the Governance, Strategy and Operations of family wealth. He has been a member of LASVP since 2010.
Q: Why did you join LASVP?
Tavan: For years, I have counseled my wealthy family clients to be more strategic with their philanthropy but realized that I had ignored my own. I found that when I gave to a charity for which I felt no passion the dollars became more valuable to me in my pocket, but when I gave to a charity about which I was passionate then I wanted to give more and more. So I reached out to LASVP as an opportunity to explore my own philanthropic focus while simultaneously using my professional skills to help charities.
Q: What is your role with LASVP? Why did you get involved in this area?
Tavan: I serve on the Strategic Planning Committee and chair the Governance Team. What gets me up in the morning is adding value. With my work in strategic planning for family enterprises and family governance, my background in law and my executive experience, I thought that these were ways I could add value to LASVP and its partners. Also, a business school friend made me do it.
Q: What do you listen to when you’re stuck in traffic?
Tavan: Cheesy 80s music, from Terrence Trent D’Arby to REO Speedwagon to the Scorpions. And very sad songs like Jeff Buckley’s cover of Hallelujah (who can forget CJ and Simon on The West Wing?). Any chance this makes the world a better place?
Q: What did you dream of being when you were a kid?
Tavan: An Olympic hockey player. The 1980 “Miracle on Ice” was defining and patriotic and emotional. I spent most of my winters as a kid playing at an outdoor rink near Boston. Your question is about when I was a kid, but I still dream of it! If I could have done anything in life, it would be to play hockey for the US in the Olympics.
Q: What social issue are you most passionate about?
Tavan: While I would love to fix everything, I tend to be a little more fatalistic about the human condition. As sad as it may be, disease and natural disasters are part of the human condition. So when forced to prioritize, I focus on defending innocent victims of bad actions–all that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing. So I support organizations that assist victims of rape and domestic abuse, and organizations that defend victims such as law enforcement and military veterans.