May AOM – David Pelland
What time do you start your day?
Pleasant alarm 5:10, annoying alarm 5:15 – I’m that guy.
What have you accomplished in your life that you’re most proud of?
Husband and father of four.
If you could take 3 months off and do whatever you wanted, what would that time look like?
Pack it up fam, we’re gettin’ in an RV and seeing all 50 states. Next time we get 3 months, I’m exploring another part of the world.
If you were in a band, what existing band/group do you see yourself in?
Let’s be real, I’m more of a manager than a front man, but I listen to absolutely everything but country so I’d have a killer client list.
Favorite place to travel to?
My favorite getaway is Martha’s Vineyard. Low key, nothing commercial, family, food, wine, water, fun, done.
What do your kids remind you that’s ok to do?
Adapt — kids are never hesitant to adapt to their surroundings; adults are always hesitant to change. I love watching them learn and grow every day.
What personal failure has helped most lead to your ultimate success?
While I’ve had disappointments, I’ve been fortunate enough in my life to never have failed at anything I’ve ever set my mind to. With that said, my biggest personal failure to date was allowing myself to get so out of shape so this is an unfinished story.
What’s the craziest thing you’ve seen in the gym?
I really wasn’t expecting to watch Jimmer field a hula hoop sales woman early one morning.
What three people [living or dead] would you go camping with next weekend?
Bear Grylls, Ben Franklin, Louis C.K.
Which sport/activity would you love to do, but are afraid to?
Wingsuit base jumping
Funniest things you’ve seen your kids do?
We have three dogs (a pug and two boxers). Dug the Pug likes to do the “Duggie Dance” on the other dogs every now and again to let them know he’s the boss. There’s nothing quite like seeing your kids work those new moves into a dance party.
Never really been a big movie guy but dammit, as cheesy as it is, if Point Break is on I can’t turn it off!
Best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Nobody can do your push ups for you. Personally, professionally, if you want something, you have to put the work in and make it happen. Then you get called lucky.
At what age were you in the best shape of your life?
College — that lasted until my naturally tiny wife complained I was always working out. She said kids and eating cookies were way better. She’s still tiny.
Goals … personal, professional, family?
- Family: Create a fun environment for my kids to develop and grow. Help my wife continue to build on her dreams.
- Personal: Dunk again, read more, restart piano lessons.
- Professional: Last year I acquired another firm and I spent a year transitioning it into our model. This year is about developing the new entity.
Words to live by or favorite quote?
I have a sign over our door inspired by a daily reflection Ben Franklin used to do: “What good shall I do this day?”
Tough call; most recent solid read was “David and Goliath” by Malcolm Gladwell
Something interesting we don’t know about you?
A couple years ago we left a very traditional home in Fairlawn Heights and renovated a barn where we now live on our horse farm.
Any position in any team in any sport, what would it be?
Baseball catcher. I’d have to go hometown Cleveland, but I’m split because I was a Boston fan when I was a kid.
What do you like most about being a part of the TrAk Family?
Community and the overall vibe that all the taglines are more than hashtags, they’re an attitude.