"The Junto community drops normal barriers and people will drop their guard, openly express their issues, and open themselves up to opportunities to learn.”

 

What is something that's not on your LinkedIn profile that you wish was?

The gray area between my character and personal hobbies/passions. LinkedIn is a great tool, but I think it misses out on character and what kind of person you are. It’s just a digital resume but it’s missing your personality, ambition, and motivations.

What are you working on right now? 

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Working on building assets and working towards freeing up my time for later in life.

Finish the following sentence: "In my experience, ______________."

I’ll never have enough experience.

What is one book, blog, or podcast you recommend widely?

One of them would be Rich Dad Poor Dad - It’s a clear cut and straightforward book on financial literacy. The other one would be Principles by Ray Dalio, which he breaks down by life and work principles. You start to learn that your day-by-day decision-making and practices make you who you are. 

What are 1-2 leadership virtues you've observed or learned in your career?

In the marine corps, the top guy eats last. They always make sure that their guys are fed first. I think that’s a good leadership virtue - you look out for everyone else on your team and make sure they’re properly supported. 

How would you describe your areas of expertise based on industry, market, and/or function?

I have been a food service professional and a business development professional. Functionally, where I’ve succeeded, stopped, and started over again is small business development: taking companies from 0 to 20 million, grow them all the way up, and then start over and go to the next one.

What is your strength when it comes to emotional intelligence?

Realizing when I’m lacking it in a conversation and to be stronger with it.

What is your most memorable Junto moment?

I don’t think it’s a specific moment, but rather, the fact that the Junto community drops normal barriers and people will drop their guard, openly express their issues, and open themselves up to opportunities to learn. 

What is your superpower?

Resilience. Like Rocky Balboa, I can keep getting punched and punched and punched, and I’ll keep on going. 

What have you learned about yourself mentoring with Junto?

That I’m not alone.