Alan Gard

Hundred Hole Hike Year 3! My name is Alan Gard and I live in Omaha, NE, with my wife Beth and our 3 children. I am a native Nebraskan (Go Huskers!) but spent 13 years living in Connecticut after graduating from the University of Nebraska. Beyond my day job as an Actuary (although I like to think of myself more as a developer of individuals) and spending time with the aforementioned young family, I pursue passions across a wide spectrum with golf being one of the strongest (but currently the least least until the Hike). Others on the passion list include wine, Husker fandom, photography, music listening, and learning/education. I'm on the Board of Directors of the Nebraska Methodist College, and we are members of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. My son Alijah has Down Syndrome. Last year I raised over $12,000 through my 100 Hole Hike for the Down Syndrome Alliance of the Midlands in honor of him. This year, I am looking to raise money for Lumind Research Down Syndrome, an organization focused on stimulating biomedical research that will accelerate the development of treatments to significantly improve cognition, including memory, learning and speech, for individuals with Down syndrome. Please visit my page at Thank you for your support of my Hike and of Lumind RDS!

Golfer Blog

Pitching EDGY

Around last Christmas time, I had the book EDGY Conversations: How Ordinary People Can Achieve Outrageous Success by Dan Waldschmidt recommended to me by someone who had interacted with the author

A Declaration of Independence

Happy Independence Day!

Not Ready To Make Nice

I'm preparing for my third Hundred Hole Hike to raise money for a Ds related cause, and I am now focused on raising money for Lumind RDS.

What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up

Guest blog by Beth Gard...Mom to Alijah (and Gabe and Dalaney), Medical Outreach Chair for the Down Syndrome Alliance of the Midlands, and and extraordinary Hundred Hole Hike caddie...

The Stat Sheet

On June 23rd, I walked 106 holes at Council Bluffs Country Club.

Stand Out - Focusing on Strengths

Back in the fall, I had the good fortune to take Marcus Buckingham’s Stand Out assessment and hear him speak on deploying our strengths in our jobs.

Forty Five & 2

While I’m on a music theme, another one of my favorite songs is Tool’s “Forty Six & 2”.


For those that know me or read my The Playlist post from last year (, you know that I am a big fa

The Play List Follow Up

This is long overdue. Needless to say it has been a busy summer. I had several responses to my The Play List entry, and I owe it to my contributors to share their ideas.

Finished Business

The day of my Hike has come and gone. I am excited to report that I exceeded my goal and walked 110 holes!