Interview by Tommy Felts
Hometown: Kansas City, Missouri. Not Kansas.
A historical figure you’d like to have coffee with and why: Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith. They are the epitome of simplicity, pursuit of happiness, understanding, guidance. The way they view things, their perspectives — I just really admire them. I would love to sit down with them for coffee and just breathe their air.
Weirdest thing you’ve eaten: The little stuff in the shells? Caviar! That’s the weirdest thing. The little fish eggs. Weird.
You’re up to bat for the Royals, what’s your walk-up song: It’s a Kanye song. “Monster.”
Favorite food joint in KC: Cafe Trio. I love their mac and cheese.
An influential book in your life: Michael Gerber, a distant mentor, wrote “The Entrepreneur Myth” — “The E Myth.” It talks about why small businesses do not work. Excellent book.
What keeps you in Kansas City: Family is so important to me. My little brother, my grandmother, sister, all these key people that I serve. I know I’m leading the next generation. It’s my legacy.
What you hope you’re remembered for: That’s such a beautiful question. I’m just going to say my ability to make someone laugh.
You can’t save it — how would you spend $1 million: I wouldn’t buy anything. I’d come up with a top 100 list of aspiring entrepreneurs with a vision for creativity, changing lives, the world, creating culture. And I would give that money to them. They’d have to be between the ages of 16 and 25.
You have a time machine and can travel anywhere in the past or future. Where and when do you go? I would love to travel back to the year I was born. 1992 was a lit year. Bill Clinton had just come into office. It was an incredible year in music, sports and fashion. So, instead of being at home with Mom, I would be out in the city, just exploring everything that was happening in the culture.
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