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Mark Bloome, Founder
Mark Bloome created TAP America out of his love for our country and its people. Only in America could his grandparents rise out of poverty and be given an opportunity that would have been denied them in Europe just because they were of Jewish descent. Only in Americas imperfect tolerance could his family have risen on the basis of their merits.
After high school he joined the Coast Guard Reserve as an enlisted man, and served in the Active reserve for 6 years and two years in the inactive reserve.
Mark graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 1959 with a degree in Business Administration. Mark was very active on campus, headed Homecoming Week, was a Golden Bear, and was selected as one of the top students for his activities supporting the students and the University. While at the Bloome Company he attended UCLAs Executive Program at the Anderson School of Business.
After graduation he started to work in the family Business, the Mark C. Bloome Tire Company in Los Angeles. Mark worked his way through the ranks from tire mounter to president of the company. The company, changed the way tires were sold in the United States and was once considered the most successful independent tire dealer in the country. During his time of active management the company grew five-fold. In 1972 the family sold their interest out to public corporation. Mark stayed on with the Bloome division for 3 more years.
Mark moved to Seattle 25 years ago and became involved in community work. He co-founded Heart of America Northwest, to aid in the clean-up of Hanford Nuclear facility to protect the Columbia River [the second largest river in the USA] so that the river was not made unusable due to the water becoming radioactive from Hanfords nuclear waste. As part of this work, Mark put one of the most winning initiatives ever passed by the voters of Washington State on the ballot. One of its provisions was to grant more power to the citizens vs. the Federal Government when it came to cleaning up Hanford so that the crucial asset of the Columbia River was not lost to the economy of the Northwest and the people were not made sick by radiation in their water.
Mark is an investor/businessman, philanthropist, writer, and community activist in his neighborhood, City and State. He is a respected art collector, father of 3, and a grandfather of 5.
Stephanie Adams, Chief Operating Officer
A social activist, a spiritual and life explorer, professional experience in the fitness industry, and a long-time friend and admirer of Mark Bloome, naturally led Stephanie to be inspired to the work of bringing the values of T.A.P. to America. Stephanie shares her birthday with Abraham Lincoln and has long been an admirer of the courageous, determined patriot he was, and all he stood for, especially tolerance as a core value of America.
Stephanie has a B.S. in Political Science/Pre-Law from Washington State University, where she directed the Student Legal Services for over two years, and served as a lobbyist for the Associated Students of W.S.U. in Olympia, WA for a legislative session. Stephanie worked as the Paralegal Manager for Preston Gates & Ellis in Seattle, WA for nearly 10 years. Inspired by Marianne Williamson’s book the Healing of America, she was a founding member of the American Renaissance Alliance which later became the Global Renaissance Alliance.
As a Yoga Instructor and Master Trainer, Stephanie has been humbled, inspired, and truly honored to bring the gift of transformational yoga instruction to thousands. Stephanie serves on the Education Board and is a Senior Master Trainer for YogaFit Teacher Training Systems. She appears in the YogaFit Level 1 Training DVD, with her daughters in the YogaFit Kids DVD, and appeared as a frequent guest on Seattle’s Fox Morning News teaching yoga. Stephanie’s education and achievements include Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500, American Council on Exercise Personal Trainer 1998, and has a 220-hour certificate from BodyMind Academy as a Fitness and Nutrition Consultant, where Stephanie later taught as the primary fitness faculty member. Stephanie has owned, for the last 8 years, Flow Yoga & Health Studio in Hood River, Oregon with her husband, Adi.
Richard believes in the synchronicity of the world around him and comes to TAP as a mentor, teacher and lifelong student. He joins TAP to apply is knowledge of the private sector towards successfully promoting and spreading the word about TAP and its mission of creating a better America. Richard possesses over a decade of experience in technology and non-profit management, and most recently served as Vice President of Marketing & Communications at Spigit based in Pleasanton, CA.
Richards experience includes specializing in the fields of Marketing, Public Relations and Advertising for technology companies and venture capital firms in Silicon Valley. Before joining Spigit, Richard worked as consulting Manager of Global Corporate Communications at TIBCO Software responsible for international communications and social media marketing campaigns. Prior to TIBCO, Richard was Senior Marketing Manager at Gigya, and held Marketing positions at Yamaha Corporation of America in the Band & Orchestral Division. With an agency background and consultancy approach to Marketing, Richard has also held positions as Account Manager of Client Services at the international marketing firm GlobalFluency and at New Venture Communications.
His previous Marketing and PR clients include: Astoria Software, Blueprint Ventures, BLUEROADS, Cannan Partners, City of San Jose, Codian (acquired by Tandberg), Entropic Communications, Mobilitec (acquired by Alcatel-Lucent), Platform Solutions, Postini (acquired by Google), Solid State Networks, Storm Ventures, and Emergence Capital Partners.
Richard is a member of the CMO Council and received a degree in Human Biology from Stanford University with an area of concentration in Child / Adolescent Development & Media Education with a minor in Psychology. A true kid at heart, Richard believes anything can be accomplished with a little sweat, hard work and an open mind. Richard is a seasoned cellist, private lesson instructor and a painter. He believes in the healing power of music and understands that more often than not, sound carries a lot more weight than words.
Josh joins TAP America as Community Outreach Coordinator and brings his knowledge of today’s youth and their lifestyles to TAP America. For any movement or change to be successful, the nation’s youth must be engaged since it is the youth that determine the long-term direction of the nation. Josh will be engaging today’s youth through a range of social media and events to build awareness of TAP, its mission and the challenges that face today’s youth of this nation.
Prior to joining TAP America, Josh has work in local music production and promotions. Over the past years, Josh has managed several bands, worked with two music production companies, and DJ’ed a community radio program. Josh also attended University of Arizona where he studied Communications.