Member Spotlight: Will Hardison

July 31, 2014 10:57 AM

Will Hardison is the Founder of FanBase, a CRM/email marketing application that allows your team to turn ordinary contacts into number one fans, and also runs alongside a full creative and marketing division. When Will isn't working on FanBase, he hosts StartupAndPlay, MCs for RTP 180 events, and makes really (good) bad jokes. We asked Will a few questions (some serious and some not-so-serious) so our members could get to know him a little better:

1. Who was your biggest role model as a child? I always admired my grandfather. He was a business man himself. He started Varina Wholesale which sold to Whicks lumber which is now 84 Lumber. He was also one of the original developers of Bald Head Island.

2. Here at HQ Raleigh, one of our Core Values is “Be Authentic.” What do you do on a day-to-day basis to live out that value? Well for one, I don't steal stuff out of the fridge. But in all honesty, one thing I always try to live by is doing what you say you're going to do when you say you're going to do it.

3. What TV sitcom family would you be apart of? Well it's not so much of a family, but I would love to be a part of Seinfeld. Just to be another one of their friends would be awesome.

4. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? To follow up and call people back, don't read youtube comments, and haters gonna hate.

5. Where were you when you had your “Ah-ha” moment? I was in 7th grade. I had just sold a pair of Air Jordan's online for $750 that I bought for $250. I knew right then what I was meant to do with the rest of my life. Be an entrepreneur.

6. If you won the lottery what’s the first thing you’d do? Build a lazy river from my house to HQ.

7. What do you consider to be your greatest achievement so far? Being able to hire a staff.

8. If a crystal ball could tell you the truth about yourself, your life, the future, or anything else, what would you want to know? If I'll ever win the lottery so I can have my lazy river.

9. What motivates you? My family.

10. Favorite movie quote? "The Wonders? Like a Wonder what happened to the Oneders?" - That Thing You Do

Thanks, Will!

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