What inspired you to become an entrepreneur?
After my deployment in Afghanistan, I realized that I wasn’t excited about where my career was headed. I’d been groomed for and offered a prestigious command position, but my heart wasn’t in it. I wanted more control over my life. Latin dance was a newfound passion of mine, and I wanted the time to explore it. I felt that entrepreneurship would eventually give me the control over my time and income that I wanted.
What has been your most satisfying moment in business?
My most satisfying moment was actually in my dance business. The Saturday night of the 2nd Annual Phoenix Bachata Festival that I hosted in 2019 was perfect. The ambiance, music and dancers all merged perfectly that night, and it reminded me of how grateful I am for the resources I’ve been able to pull together to organize something like that. It’s because of the success of my other businesses that such things are possible for me.
How have you grown over the past 5 years?
I’m a lot wiser and more humble. The more I’ve learned, the more I realize how much more I have to learn. But I also know not to let that stop me from taking action on the things I do know to get results.