Member Spotlight: Tom Sauer
Orange County, CA - August 2 - As President & Founder of MacArthur Group and Chief Executive Officer of Miramar Health, Tom Sauer honors his father and serves his fellow veterans by providing them with critical mental health and addiction treatment to fill deficiencies for existing government programs. Throughout his childhood, Sauer revered servicemen and spent countless hours reading about military heroes envisioning their service as “the ultimate sense of adventure.”
He dreamed of attending the Naval Academy, but between his father struggling with addiction and alcoholism and trying to process his parent’s divorce, Sauer shared that he barely graduated high school. His father lived unconventionally, in and out of treatment centers and traveling the world to locations like Kosovo, Israel, India, Greece and more on what he called spiritual journeys when he wasn’t on his ranch in the California desert. Then, five days before Sauer was about to graduate high school and finish his Eagle Scout project, his father returned home from abroad and fatally overdosed on meth.
Sauer had already charted out his future. Much to his mother’s chagrin, he had enlisted for the Marine Corps many months before, was shipped out to bootcamp three weeks after his father’s death.
Sauer explained that the military is much like any other massive organization in the sense it has some of the most remarkable human beings he has ever known, but there are also individuals who are exploitative, and sometimes even worse. For this reason, Sauer maintains that one of his dream jobs would be to serve as the VA Secretary helping as many veterans as possible through proven methods.
Since then, Sauer has appeared on dozens of news shows, small and large podcasts discussing foreign policy and Veterans issues, and has written columns for conservative outlets. Eventually, this is how he found his way to the Lincoln Club. He had known about the organization since he was a teenager but admitted that he never imagined he would become a part of the "donor class," or at least tangential to it. He already had some interest in becoming a member, but then his mutual friend and fellow Club member Julie Luckey reached out to him to see if he was interested in joining.
To Sauer, organizations like the Lincoln Club are a vehicle for change within the conservative movement.
"The conservative movement is changing, and for the better. Generally speaking, and especially in California, conservatives have been conditioned to losing, becoming the controlled opposition of a hegemonic, decentralized authoritarian movement comprised of the corporate press, academia, various government agencies, and the entertainment industry," Sauer began. "As older generations sunset, Gen X, millennials and Gen Z are coming in with a different attitude and approach that's desperately needed by the conservative movement."