There are plenty of visionary business leaders you’ve probably heard of, who are shaping the business landscape today. But there are tons more that you probably haven’t heard of, who are quietly shifting the business landscape.
These are the real movers and shakers, who are doing big things behind the scenes to cause dramatic shifts. If the name Sawyer Winston doesn’t ring any bells, you’re probably not alone.
Sawyer Winston has quietly been doing big things in the San Diego business landscape for nearly a decade, and prefers to fly mostly under the radar. He caught my eye several years ago, because I do keep a close watch on the players in the area.
As part of my series highlighting visionary business leaders, I wanted to catch up with Winston, to see what makes him tick, and what he plans to do next.
Sawyer, thanks for speaking with me. Tell us about yourself.
I’ve been interested in business and entrepreneurship at a young age, since I was about 10-years-old honesty. I really always felt a drive and a pull towards business and entrepreneurship, and it’s something that’s dictated the course of my life.
I’ve started and managed about 10 businesses over the years, and I started doing that from a fairly young age, I think younger than most people.
What are some of the things that drive you when it comes to business?
I’m a problem solver. I’m definitely driven and inspired by the idea of different pieces working together to create a solution. Whether I’m creating a team or a concept for an idea, that’s always an underlying theme.
I love building something that is larger than any of the independent units that it’s made of. And I definitely take some big chances to make that happen, which can be nerve-racking, but exciting at the same time.
What’s your experience in San Diego?
Well I’m from the area, and I’ve been involved in the San Diego community in different ways over the years, from business to politics.
Basically I really care about whatever community I’m involved in, and want to help contribute to the betterment of that community in whatever way I think I can do best. That’s actually what’s drawing me to real estate at the moment.
What are you doing in real estate?
I recently started a new project that’s pretty massive, but that I’m really excited about. I’m looking to identify communities suffering economic hardships, and revamp them.
There are plenty of communities out there that just don’t have a lot of business right now, they haven’t had it for years, and the economy is just really run down. I have a plan to help provide them with a standard of living that I think will make a big difference in the day-to-day lives of these people.
What are your goals for the near future?
My real estate project is really my focus right now, and I’m planning to expand my idea once I’ve accomplished my goal in my first location. But outside of real estate, I’m always looking to take on new endeavors.
I’m pretty spontaneous and very active, so it’s hard to tell you exactly where I’ll go next. But if you want to be updated, you can watch out for my upcoming blog which will be launched next week.
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