Vice President Auxiliary / Business Services
2006 - 2010 (about 4 years)
Responsible for the business side of one of the largest private Universities ($185M P&L = 1300 employees) Exposed to multiple industries (real estate, retail, hospitality,...more housing, transportation) + free MBA win-win-win
If I could describe Ian in one word it would be: people. Ian possesses the unique ability to connect quickly and easily with his direct reports, his frontline staff, his customers and his suppliers in a friendly, trustworthy way that inspires confidence and trust. It has been my pleasure to work with him in many capacities as a colleague and a friend.
If money were not an issue, what would you be doing right now?
Money has never been a motivator. However, I would love to coach and mentor kids in Junior High and High School so they maximize opportunities and avoid a hamster wheel type career. I do this now but on a limited basis.
What words of advice would you give your younger self?
I should have taken the dive into entrepreneurship after the USMC. I felt I had to go to college first. I don't regret that but in 2010 when I started my entrepreneurs journey I realized I could have done a lot much earlier without school.
What's the most creative thing you've ever done?
I've built multiple companies and brands. However the most creative I've felt without making a dollar has been writing screenplays. I've written 4 and enjoyed that process a great deal.
Which founders or startups do you most admire?
Richard Brandon - a real serial entrepreneur before it was cool to be one
Steve Jobs - vision & relentless pursuit
Elon Musk - no fear
Reid Hoffman - sharing stories & knowledge
Bill Gates - giving back
Mark Zuckerberg - growth as a person v comp
What's your super power?
X-ray vision into people's motivations. I read bullshit as fast as a speeding bullet.
What's the best way for people to get in touch with you?
Email first. It's just easier to keep track of and action oriented aka reply, calendar etc
What words of wisdom do you live by?
People first; problems second
It's amazing what man can accomplish when he doesn't care who gets the credit.
What aspects of your work are you most passionate about?
Building teams and being around great people with good intentions.
What was the most impactful class you took in school?
Yearbook. It was an elective that allowed you to build a story, layout design and imagery to support the story, and have a final product in the market.
What's something you wish you had done years earlier?
Invested in tech companies I was a huge early advocate for before they were big. My friends thought uber was weird I thought it was amazing, airbnb, oculus, zenefits, Asana, Pipedrive and others.
What's an obstacle you've overcome?
I'm just a trailer park kid from home gardens (shit hole next to Corona). I have a lot of intestinal fortitude. My obstacle was an abusive mother battling alcoholism.
What's the most useful business-related book you've ever read?
Angel, creative confidence, starts with why, grinding it out, shoe dog, wooden
What's your favorite non-business book?
Star Wars, biographies, and Michael Chriton or Malcolm Gladwell