@Joshk65-:Thanks Sean for sitting down with us.Everybody wonders the same thing about you so I’ll be the one to ask- how did you become successful?
Rakidzich: People usually ask how I became successful, what main trait I have that made me successful or what the secret to success is. I most frequently reply that desperation was the catalyst in my journey to success. Being in an impossible situation can make one accomplish the impossible.
@joshk65: How did your company get started and what is it like being in charge of multiple markets?
Rakiidzich: It started with a phone call. I called a newspaper in Corpus Christi during a Christmas vacation in Port Aransas. It only took them until April to call me back.
As for running multiple markets.. The discipline it takes to allow entire cities and/or regions to run without your direct and daily influence is really more about humility than cunning. There comes a time after however failed campaigns for expansion where leaders in a company need to stop and realize the question isn’t “how can I do this?” and ask “Why am I not able to do this alone?”
@joshk65: Your a Wisconsin boy with the richest of the country as neighbors in a city that is known for Wealth in Houston. What’s that like?Rakidzich: It really seems like two different worlds! Everyone I’ve known growing up in Wisconsin is looking for a way out. Everyone I meet now in Houston has been looking for a way in, and now a way up. For these young up and comings Houston is like a gladiatorial arena. For those of us with opportunity to offer there is not a better place to acquire new talent.
@joshk65: What is your company’s goal in 2014?
Rakidzich: My largest goal for 2014 would be to become a better friend, and to be more human. The danger of starting a company is you can become lost within it.
@joshk65: Discuss some of the perks of being a young successful business owner in one of the richest areas of the country.
Rakidzich: Answering this could make me a braggart.. I can say, though, that Houston has unparalleled dining. And since I’m still young I can work off the desserts! The city of Houston has really stepped up to offer great amenities to young professionals that move hear. because of that I feel more at home here around other success stories than I would in another, less agile, metro area.