While he didn’t know it at the time, in 2012, Alejandro Medina started down a road that would eventually bring the city of Santa Barbara, California to the culinary cutting edge. The journey began while Alejandro was working his way through an economics degree at UC Riverside. After completing his degree, he landed a position as a general manager with Acme Hospitality, known for their innovative collection of food & beverage businesses. Here he learned that acquainting people to novel flavors, when done with finesse, could transform a night of dining out into a cultural experience. It was this inclusivity of a contemporary, global cuisine that he challenged himself to bring into his future restaurant.
Matt Pickett reminisced over his early mornings fly fishing with his son in British Columbia’s pristine wilderness. It is his peaceful escape from the stresses and distractions of daily life. “It took some convincing, but I finally got him to put down his phone and come outdoors. Once he’s out here, he remembers how much he likes it,” Matt said about his son.
“It’s not about retreating when I encounter a challenge, it’s about finding a path around it,” Stefanie Nissen said in regards to her innovative venture, Trvl Porter. Her company is dedicated to eliminating luggage by lending a pre-styled wardrobe delivered to your destination. Two years prior to the company’s inception, an overstuffed suitcase caused a misstep up a flight of stairs. Stefanie’s suitcase came tumbling down on her resulting in a sprained ankle.
With entrepreneurship comes rejection and Carlos knew it well. When asked how he knew he’d succeed in the midst of serial failure he said, “I’ll be honest, I didn’t. I didn’t know what the hell I was doing.”