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Simon is best known as the founder of The Slants, an internationally recognized performing arts organization. Simon’s unique approach to marketing and activism has resulted in features on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” the American Express Business OPEN, Myx TV, The Oregonian (front page) ELLE Magazine (Spain), and thousands of radio and television shows, websites, and trade journals. His work has appeared in over 80 countries across six continents.

As a professional musician, he’s coordinated and performed at over 1,200 events around the world, including major festivals such as SXSW, MusicFestNW, and Asian Street Heritage Fair. He’s worked with the United States Department of Defense on “Operation Gratitude,” a series of concerts to uplift the spirits of military stationed overseas during the holidays.

Simon’s music has won multiple “Album of the Year” and “Editor’s Choice” awards from The Los Angeles Times, Comcast/Xfinity, City Beat, and others.

As a marketing consultant, he’s helped dozens of organizations find their niche marketing voice and empowered other aspiring entrepreneurs. Simon also serves multiple non-profit organizations as a board member, leader, and volunteer. His marketing projects and volunteerism has earned several innovation and service awards.

In 2012, Simon was nominated as one of the “50 Most Influential Portlanders.”

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Today’s Brilliance from Simon Tam

Make every word count. I once heard that "language is the primary moral choice in our life". The words we choose can build communities, reunite loved ones, and inspire others. They can be a catalyst for change. However, our words also have the power to destroy and divide: they can start a war, reduce a lifelong relationship to a collection of memories, or end a life. If there is anything in life worthy of consideration, it should be the way that we use words. In nearly every creation story, life begins from words. In every civilization, it has been the…

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