By COLlive reporter
Nate Sachs, a prominent financial business adviser who was a pillar of the Chabad of Scottsdale community in Arizona, passed away on Tuesday, 14 Cheshvan 5780.
He was 64 and battled cancer.
Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, Sachs graduated from Indiana University with a degree in finance and was president of the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity. He went on to receive the Chartered Life Underwriting Designation from American College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvanian in 1985, the Chartered Financial Consultant designation in 1987, and the Certified Business Specialist designation in 1995. In 2014, he became a Certified Transition Planner with the Transition Planning Institute in Boston, MA.
In 1983, he moved to Phoenix, Arizona and in 1985, founded Blueprints For Tomorrow, a nationally recognized financial services company in Scottsdale. The firm specializes in working with closely-held businesses. His company built a network of successful clients. For over 4 decades, Sachs helped companies with succession, contingency, and key employee retention.
He shared some of the wisdom he attained in the books he authored, “Slaying the Demons – How to Be in Business Today and Still Sleep At Night” and “Every Day Is A Sunday – How to Design a Blueprint For the Rest of Your Life After Business.” The books offered practical, insightful advice based on his hands-on experience “to enjoy a better business, a better life, and a good night’s sleep.”
Sachs was also known for his deep connection to Judaism. He was a key member and supporter of Chabad of Scottsdale, an affluent city in the Greater Phoenix Area, often seen at davening, classes and programs led by Shluchim Rabbi Yossi and Dina Levertov.
“Chabad of Scottsdale is not a synagogue, it’s a community,” Sachs told COLlive.com in 2017 on the 25th anniversary of Chabad of Scottsdale. “It is a guiding light that brought Yiddishkeit to Scottsdale and the surrounding areas.”
“It’s been a challenging week for our community, with the loss of a dear friend, Nate Sachs,” Rabbi Levertov commented. “Seeing the crowds at the funeral and Shiva was a reminder of how many people from different backgrounds he touched.”
“Mr. Sachs gave up a secular way of life as he embraced our traditions with great passion and dedication passing the baton of Judaism to his children and grandchildren,” Rabbi Levertov wrote to his community. “We extend our heartfelt condolences to the entire Sachs family.”
As a sought-after expert about strategic business planning and exit strategies, Sachs frequently delivered lectures across the country to business owners on various topics. Is it estimated that he has spoken to over 500 organizations and has published over 200 articles.
During those travels, he would make it a point to visit Chabad centers and when in New York, would make sure to visit the Old Montefiore Cemetery in Queens to daven at the Rebbe‘s Ohel. In his home state, he was a regular at Chabad of Arizona and many other centers where he offered his support and speaking services.
“He had on an insatiable desire to know everything about the Rebbe and Chabad and to incorporate the Rebbe‘s teachings into his life,” Rabbi Levertov told COLlive.com. “He read everything available to the English reader by and about the Rebbe and Chabad and had several answers from the Rebbe that changed his life and that of his family.”
The funeral was held last week at the Mt. Sinai Cemetery in Phoenix, with relatives, rabbis and community members in attendance.
He is survived by his wife Dale, their children Ian, Jon, Jordan and Aaron; and grandchildren.
Baruch Dayan Haemes: Nochum Simcha ben Eliyahu Dovid.
Nate and Dale Sachs speaks on the 25th Anniversary of Chabad of Scottsdale
Nate Sachs speaks at Friendship Circle of Pheonix dinner
Nate Sachs speaks at the dinner of Smile on Seniors of Arizona