Title: co-founder and co-CEO of Temper Pack, a Richmond-based maker of sustainable packaging for shipping perishables such as food and medicine. It also has a manufacturing plant on Carolina Avenue in eastern Henrico County.
Born: 1990 in Silver Spring, Md.
Education: bachelor’s degree in materials engineering, McGill University in Montreal, 2014
Career: “I worked at Boeing Defense, Space & Security for about 18 months during 2011 and 2012 before transitioning to TemperPack full time. Working with the advanced materials analysis team at Boeing was eye-opening. I had to get a top secret clearance, which was a whole process. We did all sorts of cool things using computational analysis like simulating a bird smashing into an aircraft during takeoff to analyze the potential damage.”
In which part of the metro area do you live: Scott’s Addition in Richmond. “And loving it.”
Best business decision: “Starting a company with smart friends who I trust and hiring people much smarter than me with diverse backgrounds. You are the average of the five people you surround yourself with, and I feel extremely lucky to be able to work with such an amazing team every day.”
Mistake you learned the most from: “One time in the early days, we tried to build an industrial processing oven out of cardboard. Needless to say, that idea quickly went up in flames.”
First job after college: “Starting TemperPack. Co-founders Charles Vincent, Brian Powers and I started TemperPack out of college after winning some business competitions for an idea around temperature-sensitive packaging. I had met Charles at McGill while studying materials engineering, and Brian and I had been friends since middle school.”
If you had to do it all over again, what would you do differently: “I’m only focused on the future.”
Book/movie that inspired you the most: “I really enjoy listening to all of [Quest Nutrition co-founder] Tom Bilyeu’s interviews on YouTube. The book ‘Playing to Win’ was recommended by one of our investors, and it’s a great read.”
Favorite/least favorite subject in school: ”I really enjoyed ‘heat, mass, fluid transfer.’ Once you get the fundamentals of some of these concepts, the parallels between electricity, heat, energy, concentrations, water pressure, etc. — it all starts to make sense. I really enjoy learning at this level. Grinding through the technical parts of school (anyone remember Laplace transformations?) was always a pain. Never again.”