Title: co-owner and business manager of Garden Grove Brewing and Urban Winery at 3445 W. Cary St. in Richmond

Born: 1986 in Richmond

Education: bachelor of science in psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University, 2012

Career: odd restaurant jobs, 2005-07; customer management, Dominion Energy, 2007-13; Garden Grove Brewing and Urban Winery, 2013-present

In which part of the metro area do you live: Bon Air in Chesterfield County

Best business decision: “Honestly, the best business decision I made was years before I even became a business owner. I used to travel quite a bit overseas and I was fortunate enough to try some of the best and worst beers that the world has to offer. Using that drive, I wanted to open a brewery that gave everyone the opportunity to try uniquely crafted and inspired beers from around the world. Taking that risk to open a brewery in Richmond lent to that drive for passion. We then decided to branch out and make our own wine, ciders and meads. A unique experience is always memorable.”

Mistake you learned the most from: “I think success is oddly defined by mistakes. Each mistake I make allows me to focus, reflect and learn from a given situation. The mistake I learned most from is to always get at least three quotes from any work that you need completed that you are unable to do yourself. You may not always save money, but you may realize that there is another company that is more organized and knowledgeable about the particular work you are trying to have completed.”

First job after college: Dominion Energy

If you had to do it all over again, what would you do differently: “I don’t believe I would change a thing. I have learned so much over the years that has helped shape me professionally and personally. There is always lingering ‘what if I changed this or didn’t do that,’ but I believe it would put me right where I am now. I live by a motto, ‘Don’t dwell on the past, play for the future.’ That motto has grounded me in more ways than one.”

Book/movie that inspired you the most: “First Man: The Life of Neil Armstrong,” by James R. Hansen. “This book is inspirational on many levels. Some of the most important aspects that I learned from this book were to stay humble, listen to others before speaking, and always figure out a solution that benefits everyone. My favorite movie is ‘Forrest Gump.’ This movie can teach everyone a lesson in hope and kindness to others.”

Favorite/least favorite subject in school: “My favorite subject in college was Psychology in Juvenile Justice. My least favorite subject was Latin.”

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