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This month’s edition of Lead + Follow — a Q&A section dedicated to further understanding the personal and professional mindsets of area business leaders — features Tod Sakai, president of Sockeye Homes. Both Sakai and his company have received numerous work-related awards and accolades — more than 140, in fact. He is a graduate of Western Washington University and loves playing baseball, golfing, and riding his Yeti mountain bike. Tod and his family, including his wife, Kristin, are active in various Christian ministries, and in 2007, the couple received the Department of Corrections Volunteer Award from Gov. Christine Gregoire for their service in Rebuilding Families Inc., where they and other volunteers connected inmates with their loved ones while providing education, funds, and housing arrangements prior to their release from incarceration.

What was your favorite TV show as a kid?

Doraemon (I grew up in Japan in the ’70s and ’80s.)

What was your last Netflix or Prime binge?

Ozark (It is great to see a married couple struggle in business but still make money!)

When was the last time you completely unplugged?

Mid-November, after the election

Whatʼs your favorite vacation spot?

Bend, Oregon (heaven on Earth for outdoorsy people like me)

Whatʼs worth paying for?

Kaiseki (a traditional multicourse Japanese dinner)

Do you still write letters?

Yes (my kids love them.)

Wine or drink of choice?

Col Solare Cabernet Sauvignon (2015, 2016, 2017 … happy with any year)

What causes are important to you?

Justice for all

What excites you most about our future?

Innovative products and systems to sustain green living

What is your mantra?

The key to success is finding the balance to maintain.

Leadership style?

Visionary and coaching

What have you done recently for the first time?


What apps do you use the most?


First thing you do in the morning?

Work out while watching CNBC

What is the most impressive dish you cook?


What does success look like?

Maintaining harmony

What book would you recommend to everyone?

The Driving Force by Peter Schutz