We had the good fortune of connecting with Dennis Peter Kamoen and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dennis Peter, we’d love to start by asking you about lessons learned. Is there a lesson you can share with us?
What’s the most important lesson your business/career has taught you? No matter how much you prepare, or think you are prepared, there will always be surprises, both good and bad, along the way that can and may “floor you”! That’s life and that’s okay, just don’t let it “floor you” for too long. Welcome all the challenges, Enjoy the good ones while they last. And don’t stay down too long when you get knocked down. Brush yourself off and get up “off the floor”.
What should our readers know about your business?
In short, I help a business or a project reach its goal. A business consultant in project development and management, which by definition is the practice of initiating, strategizing, executing, controlling, and closing the work of a team to achieve specific goals and meet specific success criteria at the specified time. My unique experience sets me apart. Every business consultant has experience, mine is very vast and different and can be tapped for the benefit of my clients. Above all I am a creative strategist. I am most excited about what I call “Entering a New Dawn”. This presents opportunities for the taking. We can make it a better world and reap the benefits together. We need to move to a more “win, win, win” definition of success, or many businesses may not survive. I’ve experienced many successes and a few failures, too. My successes started by people who gave me an opportunity. I will admit that I think of so many of them and often. As I said earlier, I have a lot of experience and it did not come easy. I am grateful for the people I met along the way. I learned from all of them; the good, the bad and the ugly. Overcoming challenges is never easy, it’s difficult for sure, but always believe in yourself, “Yes you can!” I have learned so many lessons just as one should at my stage in life, but I will share with you one that is both practical and philisophical: always be grateful; write thank you notes on nice personal stationery and send them off with a nice postage stamp. Be authentic in your message and you will stand out among the crowd. I want the world to know that I am still here and still enjoying life and working, living and learning and enjoying meeting new connections along the way.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Let’s say we take a drive (post-COVID-19) along the West Coast, shall we? I wish it was possible to visit all of these places, again, in one week’s time, but they all deserve to be mentioned here in a list of some of my favorite spaces and places near home. Starting out from the south and going north, La Valencia Hotel in La Jolla for lunch, or dinner in your room if you are staying overnight. Then off to Terrenea in Rancho Palos Verdes and sunset drinks at Nelson’s before dinner on the terrace before retiring for the night at this awesome resort. I would definitely stop at the Busy Bee Market in San Pedro for a sandwich before heading to Manhattan Beach for a sunset drink at the Strand House. Then it’s time for my personal favorite restaurant a short walk from home. It’s call Hama Sushi and it’s the place we like to celebrate family birthdays. So we stay at home in Venice and wake up to have breakfast at the Butcher’s Daughter on Abbot Kinney. After breakfast maybe do some window shopping on this now world-reknowned street of boutiques and restaurants. BTW, Gjelina’s is another of my favorite places to have lunch or dinner. During “normal times”, First Friday’s (the 1st Friday evening) of every month was the best time to hang out on Abott Kinney because the street was lined with food trucks and people came out in droves. The following morning would start with a walk through the famous Venice Beach canals and then over to the Boardwalk and a big breakfast at the Sidewalk Cafe for some uniquely fun people watching. Then over to the beach anywhere near lifeguard stand 26 near the Venice Beach pier for some fantastic boogie boarding. Another option for visiting Manhattan Beach is to rent bikes and ride down the Strand paths all the way through Marina del rey, Playa del Rel, El Segundo and then lock up your bikes by the Manhattan Beach pier and walk up to the afforementioned Strand House for a drink, or a taste of their excellent food. I would check to see if there was an opportunity to score tickets to an event at the Hollywood Bowl, any event will do for a wonderful experience. I love theater in any town and Los Angeles is fantastic of course. So a show at a big theater like the Pantages, or small theater like the Ruskin Group Theatre at Santa Monica Airport is another. A day at Universal Studios is a guaranteed good time, as is Disneyland and California Adventure. I love a hike in Runyon Canyon and I do love visiting The Getty, the Marciano and LACMA. There’s the Broad, and for car lovers, the Peterson Automoblie Museum. My favorite places to see a movie in L.A. have been the Arclight in Hollywood. I recommend taking a nice drive on Mulholland Drive. A visit to DTLA and Chinatown is always on my list with a visit to Bottega Louis and Yang Chow, respectively. Another option is a visit to Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills and then shopping on Melrose in West Hollywood. You can’t go wrong with dinner at Craigs or The Ivy. I like taking visitors to Shutters in Santa Monica and then a stroll on the 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica. Then cruise up towards Malibu with possible stops at the Reel Inn, Gladstones or Moonshadows, Nobu, Duke’s Malibu, Paradise Cove, or Geoffrey’s. If there’s time to catch a sporting event and depending what season it is, I recommend going to see a Dodgers or Lakers game, a Galaxy soccer match, or Kings hockey game, or a Rams or Chargers football game. I have mentioned a lot of obvious places to enjoy, but I am now going to share my best Los Angeles area secret: Dolce Isola, 2869 S Robertson Blvd, Los Angeles. They’re now only open Friday-Saturday 9:00AM to 2:00PM. This is the bakery for The Ivy and has a nice little menu, great desserts for a lot lower cost, along with paper instead of linen napkins, no booze and very few tables. But scrumptious and delightful, especially on a budget.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I can think of many people that would deserve a “Shout out” from me. But the loudest one must go to the late Paul Edwards (September 2, 1923 – December 9, 2004) who was an Austrian-American moral philosopher. He was born Paul Eisenstein in Vienna in 1923 to assimilated Jewish parents. He was the editor-in-chief of MacMillan’s eight-volume Encyclopedia of Philosophy from 1967, and lectured at New York University, Brooklyn College and the New School for Social Research from the 1960s to the 1990s. I credit Professor Edwards for sending me “on my way” and in the best direction for me, when I was a young man and needed it most.