In what city did you grow up? - Fort Wayne
What is the first movie you ever saw in a theater? Surf Ninjas, why it didn’t get an Oscar for Best Picture that year still has me confused.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? I always loved the ocean, I still do, I wanted to study Marine Biology but I changed my mind when I realized I’d have to live away from my family.
What famous person would you most like to meet? I love good stories and Mike Rowe seems to be the best at telling them. He’d be the person I’d most like to meet.
What is your favorite part of your job? Every day is different. I can come in thinking I’ve got a light day and it ends up being 12 hours of unexpected projects. I love being useful and valued.
What do you actually do at your job? Everything really. I’m most useful when something breaks or needs repaired. A lot of our equipment is from France and Germany and translating the manual and tracking down the repair can be a fun challenge.
What do you love most about Fort Wayne? I’ve been fortunate to get to know a lot of people who started out as employees with ambition to bring something more to the community with their vision and ambition. Most of my friends are business owners but we were friends prior to being in business.
What was your first job? I was a life guard at a neighborhood pool for my first job. It was close enough for me to ride my bike so I had reliable transportation and an open schedule in the summer because I was 14. The extent of my job was spinning and blowing a whistle and telling people not to run. I never had to save a life.
What is your greatest accomplishment? It’s easy to name any number of things like the business or my family, but quite frankly I can’t take credit for all of it. I guess my greatest accomplishment is being a part of so many things that bring me happiness. My wife and kids are my favorite people in the world, my coworkers/employees are all fantastic people and we love what we do.
What is your dream job? It would be cheap to say what I’m doing now is my dream job, even if it is. Excluding current position I think I would like to be an off-shore fishing guide. Those guys always seem to have a smile on their face.
What is your biggest pet peeve? I don’t like when people operate off of assumptions. Unfortunately we live in a fast paced world and our minds are programmed to fill in the blank in order to not be left in the dust. I’ve found that using the right language can help condition you to always give the benefit of the doubt.
Do you have a motto you live by? If so, what is it? Always assume positive intent. If someone does something and my initial reaction is “they must be a jerk,” I’ll do a quick reset and say to myself “maybe they’re having a bad day and regret what they just said” or “maybe they don’t have the same information as me.” People are generally good and they know when you choose to acknowledge that.
If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to cast as you? My wife thinks I look like Tom Hardy. I think it’s because she’s very complimentary.
What would you choose as your last meal? Chargrilled octopus and sushi.
If you could travel anywhere, where would you go? Japan seems so opposite of here, I’d go visit our sister city and see all the sights and try all the local food.
How often do you exercise? I’m at the Jorgenson Y every morning at 6 a.m. Monday to Friday with my best bud.
What does your workout regimen consist of? Strength training, never cardio. I should be doing cardio but I like joking that I get my heart rate up by drinking tons of coffee.
What profession would you never try? Proctologist. It takes a special kind of person.
What is something nobody knows about you? Nice try
If you could solve one major problem, what would it be? Bullying needs to stop. People need to treat their fellow man with respect and dignity.
Where will you go on your next vacation? My wife and I are going to Tulum with some close friends in early January. It’s about the only time of year we can get away for any length of time.
If you could give your 15 year-old self advice, what would it be? Don’t operate on assumptions, be kind and assume positive intent. Invest in Amazon and Apple.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given? Nothing is ever proven, it’s always theoretical. The only impossibility is undeniable proof.
What’s your biggest fear? Letting down the people who rely on me.
Do you make up jokes or steal them? Both. My made up jokes are rarely good, but when they’re actually good they’ll make you laugh so hard you’ll cry.
Who was your favorite teacher? Why? Bob Abel at IPFW. He challenged his students to think critically. It took a great deal of effort to succeed in his classes but the payoff was huge.
Would you rather be invisible or read minds? Invisible. My own mind is enough to deal with and I prefer the mystery of human interaction.
If you hosted a talk show, who would be your first guest? Dave Chappelle. He’s insightful, hilarious and opposes censorship. If I was hosting a talk show I’d want #realtalk and I think I could get it from Dave.
What is one important skill you think everyone should have? Knowing how to identify and use common hand tools. This is a rare talent these days.
What skill would you like to master? I don’t do Yoga and my flexibility is garbage. I would even be okay with a half-mastery or even quarter. It would serve me well.
What fad do you wish would come back or stay gone forever? I’d like to see Pogs come back. Just long enough to say “I told you so” to whoever would listen.
Who was your first celebrity crush? Topanga Lawrence from Boy Meets World
What was the last gift you gave someone? A gift card to Woodhouse Day Spa to my sister for her birthday.
What song best describes your work ethic? House Work by Jax Jones
What is the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten? Jellyfish. It wasn’t that great but maybe it was the prep.
Do you get up when your alarm goes off or do you hit the snooze button? You snooze you lose
How would your grade school teachers describe you? I was rebellious, I had poor effort, I didn’t follow the rules. I made their lives difficult. I wasn’t a good student but I turned out alright.
If you received enough money to never need to work again, what would you spend your time doing? I’d spend my time with my friends and family. I love to golf, grill, hunt, fish and hike. I think when I retire I’ll be the guy that has the most green and plush lawn you’ve ever seen.
If you had to teach someone one thing, what would you teach? I think I could be a good coach for critical thinking and decision making. Everyone says I should teach a course on wine for consumers though. I could do both.
What gets you excited and driven to achieve? Achievement is not the end goal, it’s necessary as a means to continue to do what I love. I’m driven by the idea that if we continue to achieve and grow that the people who love our wines and the experience at the winery will keep us working.
If you could go back in time, once, and change a single thing, what would it be? After watching The Butterfly Effect, I don’t think I would want to really mess with anything.
What moment in your life would you most like to go back and relive? My wedding day was tons of fun. The weather was beautiful, everyone was happy, we were surrounded by some of the best people. I could live that day again for sure.
If you could know the answer to one of life’s mysteries, which mystery would you choose? Who killed Jeffrey Epstein.
Vacation spot? A warm beach
Holiday? Why? Independence Day because I’m not a fan of the whole King/Queen thing and I like fireworks.
Sports team? Liverpool
Song? Crank it up by HI-LO. It’s a bit weird but it will get you moving.
Drink? Caymus Special Selection. Quite possibly the best red wine I’ve ever had.
Candy? Sour Patch Kids
Flower? Ranunculus because it’s a hilarious name
Season? Fall. Grape harvest, rut, leaves changing. It’s the best.
Movie? Dr. Strange was pretty wild and entertaining.
Downtown locale? The level of talent at Copper Spoon in the kitchen, behind the bar and the service staff is top notch. My wife and I love that place and the people.
Fort Wayne feature? The bike trails from Eagle Marsh into downtown are fun in the summer. We’ve got too many assets to list just one.
Fast food restaurant? Chik-Fil-A. The quality of food, service and logistics is unmatched.
TV show? Parks and Recreation. A laugh a minute, and Fort Wayne gets a mention!
Hobby? I enjoy bow hunting. The peacefulness of sitting in a tree in silence surrounded by nature has taught me patience, respect, and ethics. A poorly placed arrow is a disrespect to the animal you intend to harvest. The lessons to be learned about where our food comes from and what it means to eat meat help me and my family make conscious positive decisions about the source of our meals.
Flavor of ice cream? Blue Moon from Just Cream on Dupont followed closely by Zanzimint.