SAM LINGO

Q. DID YOU KNOW?...

A. 1. My wardrobe was generously provided by friends / family / co-workers. Listed in no particular order:
+ Brian W. (sunglasses - embrace self-reflection)
+ EC team (hard hat from our groundbreaking - build a great foundation first)
+ EC team (shirt from RedBull Flugtag Miami win - a great culture is created by people, through experiences)
+ Chris M. (suspenders / bowtie - bling from ringing in the New Year; celebrate the past and focus on the future)
+ Ben I. (nerf gun - life is good, remember to enjoy it)
+ My parents (soccer ball - played since I was 5; discipline is demanding) 
+ Scott M. (Squale watch - timing is everything) 

2. I started my first company at the age of 14, and should still hold the age record for youngest Sam's Club business member.

3. I tend to phrase things in threes, perhaps because I was born at 3:33a.

Q. IF YOU COULD HAVE BEEN THE FOUNDER OF ANY COMPANY WHAT WOULD IT BE AND WHY?

A.  Southwest Airlines. It transformed the airline industry through efficiencies and a focus on the customer. Plus, I could now reinstate the nonstop from BNA to BDL, making it easier to see my wife's family.

Q. WHAT ARE 3 THINGS YOU WOULD TAKE WITH YOU ON A DESERTED ISLAND AND WHY?

A. 1) My wife, Briana: life's definitely better with her in it
2) An extra "S": a desSerted island sounds so much better for someone with a sweet tooth
3) A great knife

Q. WHAT SONG WOULD YOU SING AT KARAOKE NIGHT?

A. I can butcher any song once.

Q. WHAT IS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE EC MOMENT?

A. "Most memorable" is incredibly difficult when there are so many...
In the early days:
+ working with our first team of interns at Vandy before we secured our space on Broadway
+ working at my folding chairs / tables and "borrowing" Hard Rock Cafe's wifi until we had furniture and infrastructure
+ worrying about fire codes during our first demo day (oversubscribed)
+ and securing / financing / building / opening our permanent home at the Trolley Barns.

More recently:
+ building and competing in the Red Bull Flugtag Miami with our team
+ go-karting with our board chair, John Ingram
+ and hosting our team's holiday party last year.