With so many unique and inspiring companies popping up throughout the neighborhoods of San Diego, we decided it was time to highlight those entrepreneurs who are leading the booming businesses of this thriving, cultural city. After polling the people, we received nearly 10, 000 votes for the winners of San Diego’s Entrepreneurs to Watch. In this feature, we want to share with you applicable career advice from these five, outstanding entrepreneurs (chosen by you!) as well as how they are applying the guidance of their former mentors to make an impact in their industries. From bananas to bartending, this group of business owners is driven by the desire to make a difference in their local communities.
Q: How long have you been in your role as Owner of Good Time Design (GTD), and what does that role consist of?
Ty Hauter: GTD has been on the map since 2006, but actually became a full-blown company as you now know it in 2009. It’s been a fast and extremely fun rise the last few years, and I believe our potential is huge in the hospitality industry, especially taking into consideration our youth, the current influential GTD employees and all the hardworking hospitality staff and partners we’re now teamed up with in the business marketplace.
Q: Can you take us through a typical work day in the life of Ty Hauter?
TH: Up and running at 5 am, off to the gym, and then at work by 7:30 am. I usually check in on the construction crews first, and then sit with Accounting, Events, HR/Legal and Marketing Departments in that order. From 10 am till 2 pm is usually an independent venue manager meeting, with outside contractors, brokers, interviews happening between 2:30-5 pm. Then it’s home to hang out and catch-up on all things family with my wife Suzannah and our seven-month-old, Presley!
Q: What influenced you to choose your career path?
TH: Two things: 1) The idea that I was able to have direct daily feedback from the public on whether or not I was making a difference! 2) It gives me the unique opportunity to use both my personal creativity along with past team-building experiences from playing sports.
Q: How do you hope to change or impact your industry?
TH: By putting “Fun” back into the hospitality industry, and in trying our hardest to give every customer that walks through our doors a great experience at a fair price!
Q: Why do you think you were chosen as one of San Diego’s Top 5 Entrepreneurs to Watch?
TH: Because our company is just crazy enough to go and give 110 percent 100 percent of the time.
Q: For our aspiring entrepreneurs, what one piece of valuable advice would you give them?
TH: Hard work conquers all, while a pocket full of money never guarantees success.
Q: If you could have lunch with any prominent figure – either historical or present-day – who would it be, and why?
TH:The table would need to be for four of us: Joe Namath, Kenny Chesney and Rich Melman from Lettuce Entertain You Restaurants…
Q: When you’re not changing the world at work, you are …?
TH: At this point, probably changing diapers and doing my damnedest to keep my daughter Presley smiling.
Q: Where is your favorite San Diego hangout?
TH: Sitting on my patio in Coronado, listening to some rockin’ country, grillin’ on the BBQ and sipping down a Corona or three with the family! Friends are welcome, too, as long as we don’t run out of beer and margaritas.
Top 3 Proudest Career Accomplishments
There’s only “One” … Being able to somehow balance wife, work and my two daughters on a daily basis!