Today we are delighted to introduce you to our Klint Guerry who has graciously served on The Magdalen House Board of Directors for just over one year. Klint joined the Board in February of last year and draws on his unique skills and experience in business and customer service to help The Magdalen House. We appreciate his fresh ideas, attention to detail, and enthusiasm for our mission, and we are so grateful for his service!
1. What moved you to serve on The Magdalen House Board of Directors?
Both my mother and father lost their lives to the devastating effects of alcoholism. Mom died when I was 16 years old, and I can’t help but wonder if her story would have been different had Maggie’s been available to her. It is the gift of hope for a family that inspires me to support The Magdalen House.
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2. What is something that you are excited about for The Magdalen House?
During this time in the history of The Magdalen House, it is difficult not to be most excited about the move from Redwood to Gaston! This remarkable organization, the incredible women served by it, and the equally spectacular people that serve the mission of Maggie’s will finally have a facility that is befitting of the transformative work that happens within its walls.
3. Tell us about something inspiring or moving that you’ve witnessed in your time serving?
I have been most inspired in my time with The Magdalen House by the quality of the staff and volunteers that truly make the program a success. Their passionate service and genuine care and concern for the women seeking freedom from their disease is nothing short of extraordinary.
4. What is your favorite line in the Big Book or quote, and why?
I was first introduced to the Big Book as a teenager when a guardian angel (doubling as a high school guidance counselor) recommended that I attend an Al-Anon meeting. I was struck most in that first meeting by two things: 1.) my story wasn’t unique, and 2.) The Serenity Prayer. All of these years later and a lifetime removed from the direct, daily impact of alcoholism and I still lean on that prayer as I navigate life.
“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” Serenity Prayer
5. Who or what inspires you?
Lots of things and people inspire me but if I have to pick one thing I would say that it is a healthy love of reading. Reading often and reading broadly is a habit that was instilled in me as a young man by one of my most important mentors, Carl Sewell.
6. Besides volunteering for The Magdalen House, what do you enjoy doing in your free time?
My wife Natalie and I have three kiddos ranging in age from 6-14, so their activities and spending quality time together pretty well occupies the time that I spend away from the office. I plan to start playing golf in approximately 12 years. 😉
About Klint Guerry
Klint is the general manager of Sewell BMW of Grapevine and has served Sewell Automotive companies, a 110-year-old, family-owned business, in a myriad of leadership roles since 2001. He joined the mission at The Magdalen House to lend his time, talent, and resources in honor of his mother, Lynda Guerry, who lost her battle with alcoholism at the age of 43.
In addition to his service to Maggie’s, Klint is on the board of the Grapevine Chamber of Commerce, North Texas Commission, DTS Leaderboard, and a number of industry-related committees and counsels. He and his wife Natalie are past board members for Council for Life.
Klint received a B.A. in Business Administration from American Intercontinental University and completed the Teams Program at the Center for Creative Leadership, Leadership for Extraordinary Performance at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, and the Strategic Leadership program at the United States Army War College.
Klint and Natalie have three children, Hollis, Margot, and Ryan, and are active members at Park Cities Presbyterian Church.