Tod Holland is a marketing consultant and economic strategist in Newport Beach, CA.

He started in the real estate industry at the age of 18 in San Francisco, one of the toughest markets in the country. By 22, he was the broker and co-founder of Grobecker Holland International, a real estate and mortgage loan brokerage with offices across the state of California. In 2016,

In 2016, Tod founded Lumenwood Marketing Group, a marketing and economic strategy firm that helps businesses deal with questions of scale, efficiency, return on investment, resource allocation, employee happiness and overall kaizen (the Japanese art of improvement in a workplace.) For those unfamiliar with kaizen, if there’s a way to save a company money while still making employees happier, that philosophy is called “kaizen.”

Also in 2016, Tod was diagnosed with acute hypothyroidism precipitated by an overactive immune system; effectively destroying his thyroid gland, which as he jokes “is attached to everything and simply cannot take a joke.”

Since his diagnosis, Tod has immersed himself in Buddhist and Tibetan spirituality. Stillness in body, mind, spirit, and universe, says Tod, is the foundation for coping with the dregs of human frailty.

“There are days that one’s body feels as though it’s on fire as electrical signals carry pain waves across every nerve.”

“That kind of internal chaos is the root of our discomfort and failure as businesses owners and humans. Finding a way to transcend the pain and reach deep down into one’s ATMA, or Self, allows us to touch the nothingness through which all matter and all mind arise from. Stillness is not only the foundation of calm but also the mechanism through which we can control our bodies down to the very neurons that govern our senses.”

Tod is also a partner and co-founder of Good Health Protection, a patient advocacy initiative that helps the uninsured afford their medicinal treatment and prescription medicine.

“The fact that human beings are priced out of their own well-being is among the greatest evils of modern society,” says Tod. “If we can make it easier for people to afford their medicine, they are less likely to neglect their treatment and thereby improve their quality of life”