What inspired you to start GreenGear Supply Company:
At Duke, I studied Environmental Engineering, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, and Economics. This combination made me naturally attracted to and admire solutions that were creative, eco-friendly and economically-feasible. During my sophomore year of college, I was on Duke Student Government and was looking to create a program that would provide emergency rain gear to students, since Duke’s campus is quite large and it can rain at unpredictable times. I couldn't find an eco-friendly option, so I began to create my own. When I noticed that many other universities, sports teams and businesses have the same desire for an eco-friendly rain poncho, I formed GreenGear Supply Company.
You were chosen to be on ProMazo’s list of Most Interesting Students for a reason. Do you have any advice for other students hoping to create their own success:
One of the best pieces of advice I have received is that, "You are your own CEO. So, you should definitely listen to all perspectives, opinions and information you receive. But, in the end it is important to remember that you are also in control of the final decision." For me, this piece of advice came when there was a lot of pushback against the ponchos, and it helped me stick to my gut of continuing to pursue the idea. I think this piece of advice can be particularly helpful, in general, for following your instincts and staying motivated.
"Character is what you do when no one is watching." - John Wooden.
Biggest role models or inspirations:
This year I learned how to scuba dive and it was really fun! Having the ability to see an entirely different ecosystem that is less accessible has also given me a deeper appreciation for the environment. So far, I have been diving in the Bahamas and the Philippines.
My goal is to eventually work on GreenGear full time, improving the current poncho and creating more products.