Over the last few years Mimosa has gone from a one-woman-show to an A-team of wildly and distinctly talented people! They're all so cool and so talented I couldn't keep them to myself. The "about" section just wasn't cutting it so we're expanding on their awesomeness with a series of #MEETMIMOSA interviews over the next few weeks.
How did you come to work at Mimosa and how do you describe your role?
Madeline made me. Just kidding! I was co-owner, with a good buddy of mine, of Me-Moes Lawn and Landscaping LLC at the time. While running Me-Moes, Madeline and I realized that she was going to have to learn how to cast jewelry in order to continue growing Mimosa. I was in the process of building her new website and looking at her financial numbers and realized Mimosa could really grow. The idea to sell my end of Me-Moes literally came to us overnight. I think it hit both of us like a lightning bolt at the same exact time. We kind of jokingly said I could be the person to take on learning to cast her designs so that she could concentrate on growing the business and keep cranking out amazing pieces. The joke got serious quickly, and it seemed like a total logical decision at the time to sell our comfortable business and take a leap of faith into Mimosa. Looking back, I’m sure people thought we were crazy to do that with 2 kids, a mortgage and bills! In June 2015, my business partner of 16 years, Jeremy, and I hashed out the details, and I sold my half of Me-Moes Lawn and Landscaping LLC. Other than marrying Madeline and having our 2 kiddos, it has been the best thing I have ever done!
Tell us about your typical day of work. Are there any valuable daily habits you’ve found work for you?
Lately I have been running a lot, so that happens in the morning. I get back, help Madeline get the kids ready for school, then walk down to the shop. I love to schedule out my week. I pretty much have the same sequence of events that happen every week. In doing so, I constantly try to make them more and more efficient. I think I’ve learned to plan to have a little bit more time allowed for each task so that the day doesn't feel like a mad rush.
How does being at Mimosa nurture or contribute to the work you want to do in the world?
If you know me, then you know that I love money, and I work very hard to get said money. Being at Mimosa now has definitely taught me to be more generous. Madeline is constantly trying to drum up giveaways, food drives, donation drives, and basically scheming to giveaway whatever she can! (haha) In the beginning of joining Mimosa, I was like “are you kidding me?” I would quote “O Brother, Where Art Thou” all the time, — “I got to do for me and mine!” Madeline has changed me. I now am on board 100% for whatever she wants to do. Her compassion is consuming. It feels good to help in ways that Mimosa can provide. I still love money though :)
What is your favorite piece of Mimosa jewelry and why?
Easily the Pelican Cuff. Mainly because it is timeless. It was the first piece she designed to be cast, and it was an instant hit. It still is our best seller.
What piece of advice would you give yourself two years ago?
Buy more Tesla stock :)
What do you consider your superpower?
My grandmother straight up told me a long time ago (in a humorous fashion) in front of God and all my friends that “he’s not too smart, but he’s good with his hands.” It cut me to the core. My friends still joke with me today about that. When she made this prophetic statement, I decided to embrace this and run full steam ahead to make it my superpower. If I had to, I feel that I could figure out open heart surgery in a week, lol.
What makes you wildly happy?
I love being able to just shut down my brain, which according to my grandmother isn't hard (zing), and just go hang with Madeline, the kids and friends anywhere. Or go on trips where there is no real agenda. Also, Money :)
What are your top 3 books of all time?
Hmm, not much of a reader. When I try to read, I see those little lines that look fuzzy like you have a little piece of fuzz in your eye, and it's insanely distracting. I usually have to read sentences many times, (haha) so I hate reading. But I would say straight up just skimming through the Tao Te Ching. Is Calvin and Hobbes considered a book? And geez I don't know, maybe manuals on how to do stuff?
What are 5 things you want to do in your life?
Live to be at least 90 (and in good health), that would be amazing, and to have an awesome family.
Keep growing Mimosa to a huge company that is awesome to work for.
Do a total frame-off restoration on an old vehicle with my son, Charlie. Not sure which kind though. I love International Scouts thanks to my buddy Randy. Maybe it can be Charlie's choice.
I love storytelling around fires with beer or whiskey. I can't wait until Charlie can hang out with the boys in a couple years. Being able to get into light mischief and then joke about history is very important to me, so basically I want to always have this in my life and to be able to keep it going! Segue into storytelling time! For example something I want to do in my life is I'd like to literally build, with my hands, a nice getaway cabin in the woods for us, overlooking a big lake, that maybe I also dig myself, ha! I’ve actually kind of done this before in Palmetto, Louisiana on some property we owned. My friend drove his truck into the pond I dug, he thought it was shallower than it was, when he was mud riding in the middle of the night. The truck’s engine was totally submerged for about 30 minutes. We somehow managed to get an old tractor running that I had, that had not run in two years, and pulled the truck out. He figured it would be a good idea to start it and leave it running for a while. The mud and grass stuck to the bottom, heated up against the muffler and then the truck caught on fire for a hot minute. He still drives it today :)
Obviously be super rich so we can do whatever we want.
If you could put one message on a billboard for the whole world to see, what would it be?
Empty your mind, be formless, be shapeless, be like water.