We had the good fortune of connecting with Reginald Andre and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Reginald, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
One characteristic I hold pride in is that I am willing to take risks. In my field, not every client or issue is uniform, and there are times I am presented with a new issue, hurdle, etc. A lot of my success has come from taking a leap of faith. Sometimes it does not work in my favor, and that is where a learning opportunity presents itself so that in the future I know what NOT to do when presented with a challenge. In essence, taking risks has grown my business tremendously; it has done me more good than harm, and I will advocate to be a risk taker!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I began my career as an associate at CompUSA, where I met my future business partner. In 2002 we co-founded Park Avenue Technology, where I held the role of Vice President until 2010. Later that year, I left the company due to a disagreement with my co-founder, and thus began building ARK Solvers from the ground up. The road to where I am now was not necessarily easy; I dealt with a lot of obstacles, but ultimately learned a lot and grew from it. I believe I have proven myself successful because I have always had a vision for my company. I see where id like to be, where id like the company to grow and how, and make it a priority to get there. Vision is vital! A strong suit of mine is having the ability to effectively delegate. I am not one for micromanaging, and my employees understand the expectations of being self-sufficient in their work. For my company as a whole, I set a standard that it is ok to fail. How else do we learn? Make a decision, go with it, if turns out great, awesome! If not, now you have a great lesson learned, which can in turn allow you to be more successful in the future.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would have my guest tag along with me as I give them a personal tour of the city. I would start south going to Key Biscayne and showing them the beautiful views of the city as we go down on I95 South and look at downtown Miami. We would have lunch at the Rusty Pelican and head over to Miami Beach passing the cruise ships and looking at the ferry going in/out of Fisher Island. In Miami Beach we would have drinks at Bar One over looking Biscayne Bay. Afterwards, we would go over to Wynwood to walk around as we take selfies in front of the art and sit at Panther Coffee drinking iced coffee with almond milk.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Shout out to Uncle G aka Grant Cardone. What he teaches about taking actions that are 10X greater than what you believe are necessary to achieve your goals.