My 40 Under 40 Article in Dothan Magazine

Recently, I was honored to be named one of Dothan Magazine’s “40 Under 40.” I have received a lot of feedback as a result and it has been kind of funny to see myself on the cover of a magazine as I check out at Publix – and there I was thinking that people on the covers of magazines didn’t have to shop for their own groceries! Oh well :/

In the print edition, Dothan Magazine had to shave a few things from people’s information for space reasons. Here, I thought I’d share my full response to all of their questions. Enjoy!

Where were you in January 1993 and what were you doing?

I was a 7th grader at Wicksburg. I spent most of my time working up the courage to talk to girls and otherwise not applying myself to study.

What event in your life over the past 20 years had the greatest impact on your aspirations/career?

By far the Great Recession. Ironically it was the best thing that could have happened to me. It forced me into entrepreneurship and I can’t imagine being where I am now if I would have stuck with what I was doing before. But it didn’t work out so well for everyone. If nothing else, the recession and its causes also taught me that the game is rigged against the average working person in favor of the elite.

Where do you see yourself 20 years from now?

Doing the people’s work in whatever capacity they entrust me with.

What advice would you give to young people entering the workplace today?

Today it is extremely hard to even enter the workplace unless you have a highly desirable set of skills. Be sure to get an education in a field where you can find work. It costs the same to get an engineering degree as it does a degree in dance. One career pays a lot of money. The other…

How do you relax? (leisure activities, hobbies, etc)

I love to read, mainly about topics in business, web programming, and history. I also love to cook, and am pretty good at it. But nothing is more fun than playing with my children.

What is one thing you would change about Dothan? (could be something major or minor)

I wish more people would care enough to get out there and make a difference. But that isn’t a knock on Dothan, it’s like that everywhere.

What would your dream guest-list be for a dinner party? (up to six people, they can be living, deceased, fictional, etc)

My heroes, of course! Nikola Tesla, Steve Jobs, Junior Shoupe (my grandfather), George Washington, Gaius Julius Caesar, & Caesar Augustus

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