About Our Nominee
Brian is a native to Pensacola! He loves the community and works to give back the best he can. He is continuously learning the best way to grow and help others. He’s an introvert, but his heart is pure and he puts himself out there a lot. Brian loves to be around and travel with his family.
What inspired you or led you to your current career/owning your business?
What inspired me was the need to help, serve, and give back. Numerous people contacted me about the position and felt that I’d be a great fit. So, once I did a little research, I felt like this would be a great opportunity to positively impact Pensacola.
How long have you lived or worked in Pensacola?
I was born and raised in Pensacola. I went away for about 22 years and have now been back for 7 years now.
Who is the most interesting person/business owner you’ve met here in Pensacola? Who would you like to see nominated as a Face of Pensacola?
There is a numerous amount of people, but one of the first ones that I met was Quint Studer. He’s just an amazing individual, as far as for the Faces of Pensacola. There is also Mark Faulkner. He is the President of Baptist Health Care. Also, one of the most instrumental ones that I’ve dealt with is Lloyd and Robin Reshard. They’re in charge of Pensacola Network. They have a huge impact on the community with volunteerism and giving back- not only just with the minority, but all of our community.
What advice would you give a crowd of people? (Or someone starting their own business?)
The best advice I’d give a crowd of people is to look at all of the resources available for you. Currently, I’m involved with the Spring. It is an entrepreneurship assistance program available through Studer’s Community Institute. And that can start by contacting them, filling out an intake form, and they help to tie you into all the resources that are available for you. The biggest resource you should have is networking. Make sure you’re meeting people and get a chance to see people and talk to them. Learn relationships too. Learn some of the things that have made them successful, but also some of the failures they’ve had so you can avoid them as a business owner later on down the road.
What current/former local business makes you the most nostalgic about (or what is most iconic in) Pensacola?
One of the common ones is the beach, the Blue Angels, but McGuire’s always stands out as Pensacola for me growing up. It’s a place I never really visited much when I was young, but in my college years, we visited. We enjoyed the food, the atmosphere, and having fun!
Where do you see yourself (and your career/business) in 5 or 10 years?
I see myself doing what I am doing now, but on a larger scale. We are really focusing on Pensacola and Escambia county now. There’s a lot of work to be done. The list of all the things I want to do is so long. So, I want to refine that list, improve our area, but I also want to see this model be used across the country. I want to help my own business I’m working on as well. Dealing with consulting, helping individuals out, and improving employee relationships for the future.
What is your favorite restaurant in Pensacola, and what do you love there? (What is your favorite dish, and where do you get it?)
One of our favorite restaurants is the Grand Marlin. It has a great view and great food. I’m also a big fan of Hemmingway and definitely McGuire’s!
I really love fresh fish and seafood.
If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be? And why?
It would most likely be Europe, or perhaps even Switzerland. I would love to go to Switzerland, because there are so many different cultures and climates around the country. It’s a nice, centralized place, where you can experience a different flavor and diversity of everything around you.
What is your favorite movie OR what is the first movie you remember seeing in a theater?
My favorite movie would probably be Forrest Gump. It’s a story to me about somebody who had challenges in life and pitfalls. They had issues, but they always seemed to work out, because he had good core values. So I love the fact that the guy that gets challenged, born naturally with some disabilities, and considered to be put down, but he made the best opportunities out of that.
One of the first movies I saw was one of the Star Wars movies.
What is something on your bucket list?
One of the things on my bucket list would definitely be to grow my personal business. I have a business I created about a year ago and I’ve been adding to it slowly. It’s called Three Size Consulting and it’s going to be working with the fact there is no right and wrong and that there is always a middle involved. I’m looking at things from three different perspectives all the time. I look at upper management, lower management, and middle management. Everything deals in sets of three. The thought of threes and looking at things from all different perspectives as a whole is key to what I want to help do. I work with employee retention, as well as manager leadership- to help improve the ways of processes for businesses.
Another bucket list item would be to go on a cruise around the world. We love to cruise as a family and have the opportunity to travel and see different cultures. We get to enjoy the boat. I love to see different flavors of things and cruising allows me to do that.
What is your favorite thing or something unique about Pensacola?
My favorite thing about Pensacola is not a specific thing, it’s more of a feeling of being home. It’s where I was born and raised. I left and gained some knowledge and experiences, but made a decision to come back here again to provide help to the community. We’re in Florida, just barely, and we get some seasonal changes. We get some cool weather. You’re close to some cool places, such as Atlanta and New Orleans, but this is your home. For me it’s nice, since we’re in a centralized location and can get to other places, but still come back here and have that home feeling. You’re in the south with some of the great southern values; southern foods and atmosphere. I think we are building and getting more progressive.
Choosing anyone alive and a non-relative: with whom would you love to have lunch? Why? Where in Pensacola would you have lunch?
The person I’d want to have lunch with would be Martin Luther King. I would take him to Five Sisters. It’s southern soul food.
What is your favorite music/ 3 bands you would like to see (dead or alive)?
I love jazz, blues, and reggae! I’d love to see Bob Marley, George Benson, and Bobby McFerrin!
(Even for friends or family), what is something interesting that most people don’t know about you?
At my core, I’m an introvert.
What 3 words or phrases come to mind when you think of the word HOME?
Home is warmth, closeness, and peace.
If you were cast into a major motion picture and had your choice of anyone to be your co-star, who would you choose?
Co-star wise, I’d say, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. He looks like fun to be with. He can be truly situational.
If you had a full-time staff member that was fully paid for, who would you choose?
Chef, Housekeeper, Driver, Coach, Physical Fitness Trainer, or Nanny?
I would say, coach! I chose that because you can learn valuable skills. They usually have a wide knowledge base about dealing with problems.
Who is your childhood hero?
I would have to say Martin Luther King.
What do you want to be remembered for?
I want someone to say I made a positive change in their life.
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