Papapreneurs

Interview by Howard Leff
Photography by Natalie Stephenson

We all know that juggling a full-time job and a family can prove to be challenging, yet incredibly rewarding. It’s even tougher when that job includes creating, starting and running your own business. How is there possibly time for everything? And what are the secrets of those who manage to pull it off? We tracked down five impressive local “papapreneurs”— successfully getting the job done, both at work and at home.

PAUL ARNE
FOUNDER, THE ALE APOTHECARY

Q Can you tell us how your business got started? What were the early days like?

A I had been working at Deschutes Brewery as a brewer since 1996. In 2011, I had the awesome job of running the downtown pub and performing R&D for new beers. When I was asked to take over managing cellar operations, I balked and decided it was time to do my own thing. The early days were spent deciding how I was going to keep my brewery manageable.

Q How do you manage to balance both work and family at the same time?

A You put your family to work! That is barely a joke right now, but my wife and I have very little going on outside of our family and business to maximize this time with our kids. The biggest thing is to involve everyone so they understand why we make certain sacrifices and how the brewery is intimately connected to the life we live.

Q What are some of the adjustments you make to accomplish this?

A I don’t hang out with friends like I did when I was in my 20s. My family are the people I choose to be with first, so it’s not much of an adjustment. As a family, we support each other as best we can.

Q Can you name some of your biggest successes so far?

A My family. I can’t believe that I enjoy them so much! I derive much of my meaning of life from our tribal relation- ships and our daily interactions. As a businessman, it’s the fact that my odd little brewery is proving to be a sound business model. I went into this almost as a last resort, but I managed to leverage the little cash I had to build a business around my ideas and ideals.

Q And what are some of your greatest challenges?

A Tricking myself into believing I’m just a turn or two away from more free time. It comes and goes. Having employ- ees is something I never thought would be part of the equation. It’s going to get me to the free time I desire, but it brings another level of responsibility.

Q What are some of the special things you like to do with your kids?

A Play. Hug. Laugh


LISANDRO RAMON FOUNDER, THE BROWN OWL

Q Can you tell us how your business got started? What were the early days like?

A I started The Brown Owl because I had worked in restaurants for a long time and felt like it was time to do something for myself. I chose to do a food cart because I liked the idea of being able to interact with the customers—as a server typically does when taking their orders, but still being able to be the cook.

Q How do you manage to balance both work and family at the same time?

A I now have three children and a beautiful, wonderful partner named Heather who is 100% the reason I’m able to balance my business and family life. She helps with payroll and a lot of other tasks, while also taking care of all of us in our home life.

Q What are some of the adjustments you need to make to accomplish this?

A I make my work schedule conducive to having a family. Going into business for myself allows me to have a schedule where I’m able to work during the day, leave by early evening to pick up kids, and be home to have dinner with the family (as well as weekends off to spend time with them).

Q Can you name some of your biggest successes so far?

A The expansion from just the food cart to building out my own restaurant and jumping through all the hoops of creating a space like I did. Since it’s such a unique concept of a restaurant/bar using a food cart as the kitchen, it was not an easy task. Also, we recently won The Source Weekly Restaurant Guide’s “Food Cart of The Year.”

Q And…what are some of your great- est challenges?

A First, surviving this most recent winter. Plus, managing a staff that, in the beginning, ranged from three to four employees—and after the re-opening was all the way up to 21 by last summer.

Q What are some of the special things you like to do with your kids?

A We like to go camping and play outdoors. We also like to cook together at home and make forts. We stay pretty busy and always make it a priority to sit down together for dinner and enjoy each other’s company.

 

SCOTT DOUGLASS FOUNDER, CASCADE RELAYS

Q Can you tell us how your business got started? What were the early days like?

A For the rst six years, my wife, Carrie, and I went to work at our day jobs and then came home to work until mid-
night on Cascade Lakes Relay. Although it was exhausting and, at times, unnerv- ing to nance a business that wasn’t turning a pro t for many years, we were in it together and it created a very strong partnership.

Q How do you manage to balance both work and family at the same time?

A We survive each day because of our support network of family. We are fortunate to have an amazing nanny that takes care of our 19-month-old daughter, Cora, during the day, so we can get our work done. Some days we win the battle and other days we’re consumed by the maelstrom.

Q What are some of the adjustments you make to accomplish this?

A You can’t create more hours in the day, so being efficient is vital. Working from home has its challenges, so we built an office into our warehouse to have a dedicated place of work, away from the home and family duties. I also try not to get back on my computer in the evenings, but during our busy season, I shut the computer down until Cora goes to sleep and then get a few more hours of work done afterwards.

Q Can you name some of your biggest successes so far?

A Our strong and loving relationship as husband and wife. We are a strong partnership in life, which also includes being successful business partners and supportive loving parenting partners. Cora needs a loving and supportive home, and working together, Carrie and I have focused on creating a secure environment.

Q And…what are some of your greatest challenges?

A Managing the growth of our business with additional new events, increasing the financial contribution to our community through the Cascade Relays Foundation, balancing community engagement—and juggling these commitments to ensure we maintain a sustainable work/life balance.

Q What are some of the special things you like to do with your child?

A I love to cuddle with Cora and read her two pages of a book before she loses interest. I also enjoy having conversations with her and asking her questions. Most of all, I enjoy being around her, on the carpet playing with toys and watching her grow and learn.

DAN HOBIN Co-Founder and CEO of G5

Q Can you tell us how your business got started? What were the early days like?

A We started the business in 2005 when my oldest son was two. I now have three boys, ages 14, 11 and 9.
I have tried to develop a “family first” culture. Most people move to Bend be- cause they value quality of life—includ- ing strong family values. Our goal has been to build a great company with true balance in life. A great company is one that grows at least 30% a year, and balance in life means making the time to be present with the people in your life who matter.

Q How do you manage to balance both work and family at the same time?

A It is not easy, especially when I have to travel. So when I’m home I spend a lot of time with my boys. I also try to spend quality one-on- one time with each of them.

Q What are some of the adjustments you make to accomplish this?

A I don’t play much golf unless I am playing with my
kids. And I don’t have a lot of “Dan” time-but there will be time for that later in life.

Q Can you name some of your biggest successes so far?

A One of the things I am proudest of is building a great company culture where we value family time. It is very cool to see the young parents now with their kids and watch them balance their life.

Q And…what are some of your greatest challenges?

A Too much travel. But we have some amazing people working, so I have been able to cut that back now.

Q What are some of the special things you like to do with your kids?

A Golf, skiing, traveling. And some- times just going to the Breakfast Club before school.

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