Co-Founder & CEO at IQ Fibers, LLC
JuntoMentor: Cristaux (J4), ACLIVITI (J5)
"How wonderful it is to be in a room of people who are so giving in terms of shared experiences, and professionals so willing to lay themselves bare and be honest. You just don't see that often.”
What are you working on right now?
I’m right in the middle of bringing a company from fundraising stages to opening our doors within the next two weeks.
How would you describe your areas of expertise based on industry, market, and/or function?
I’ve spent most of my career in the entrepreneurial world - startups, early stage companies, and revenue stage companies. I’ve gained an expertise in every stage from an idea, to fundraising, to building, gaining revenue, and selling.
What are 1-2 leadership virtues you've observed or learned in your career?
Listening, really listening to opposing ideas, being willing to test your own prejudices in terms of the way you see something. My next one dovetails off that, which is surrounding yourself with people who are willing to be honest and [use] the opportunity to learn from their views.
What is your most memorable Junto moment?
The first mentor session I ever attended. There was an overwhelming positivity: how wonderful it is to be in a room of people who are so giving in terms of shared experiences, and professionals so willing to lay themselves bare and be honest. You just don't see that often. It was my first realization that Junto is something special and this is such a great opportunity to be part of this because it makes us all better. Just an overwhelming positive vibe leaving the room.
What is your superpower?
I’ve always been able to see the big picture, or a few chess moves ahead. This has allowed me to keep my cool in situations where I might burn bridges in an emotional state, and put me in a position to see things where the greater good or the bigger picture isn't necessarily apparent.
What is one book, blog, or podcast you recommend widely?
It’s a series of books; anything by Patrick Lencioni.
Finish the following sentence: "In my experience, ______________."
There is extreme value in surrounding yourself with mentors, allowing yourself to get vulnerable on a regular basis with a group of people who you trust.
What have you learned about yourself mentoring with Junto?
We all have a story to tell that is worth hearing, and that there’s value in the good and bad things that have happened to us. I’ve learned that in two mentor groups.
What is your strength when it comes to emotional intelligence?
I tend to empathize, but not necessarily agree with others. That allows me to, especially in a disagreement, at least understand and appreciate their perspective.