What is the best advice you received when you were beginning your career? “Illegitimi non carborundum.”
How do you use social media to grow your network? Honestly, I don’t. I’ve found social media to be mostly a waste of precious time that should be spent on things that matter.
How do you maintain balance? I don’t. I’m self-employed and my work and life are completely blended. The same goes for most of my clients, who are business owners. I love that about my life. Yesterday, I didn’t start working until mid-day. And now, I’m sitting in my underwear late at night wrapping up some work (and these questions).
What has been your wisest investment? The time I’ve invested in good friendships. But real estate is a close second.
How has your past work experience shaped you into a leader? I’ve worked with so many people of different backgrounds, experiences, races, incomes, work ethics, and beliefs. That gives me what is needed to someday be a great leader: perspective.
What is the best part about your job? My clients. I’ve worked for (and learned from) some amazing people. We’re talking Chuck Norris-level clients.
How has mentorship made a difference in your professional and private life? Mentors have changed my life in every category (marriage, money, spirituality, work) because they’ve taught me how to think.
Which living person do you most admire and why? My dad. He has faced mountains of adversity in his life and always perseveres. He’s kind, creative and resourceful. He’s a good man.
Which over-used word or phrase makes you cringe? “Can’t even!”
What is your business philosophy? Always give more in value than you take in payment.
Which quality do you most value in an employee? A knack for problem-solving.
What personality trait has most helped you succeed? Being an iconoclast.
Who is your favorite author? At the moment, Paulo Coelho.
What did you learn from your best boss? The best boss I had taught me how to sell. Your worst? The worst boss modeled how a person can sell their soul to business and end up cold, dull and lonely. It was actually the same boss.
How can Amarillo improve its business environment? The city should make sure it’s easy to start and operate a business here. Less red tape. Other than that, the business owners are responsible for the environment here.
Most important tech tool: My mouse. I’m not even kidding. You see these people working on their laptop with no mouse. It’s inefficient. Maybe even irresponsible.
Best time management tool: I don’t believe in time management.
I can’t live without my: stand-up desk. Sitting is the new smoking!
My favorite thing about Amarillo is: El comida Mexicana.
Most unusual job or task: Sometimes I help my father-in-law work cattle on weekends. Somehow I became Manager of Turning Bulls into Steers. Maybe because I’m a baller. That’s a pretty unusual day at the office.