We had the good fortune of connecting with Adam Isch and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Adam, we’d love to hear more about your end-goal, professionally.
This is a question I have pondered a bit since I have started this little business. Some part of me wants to have a financial secure retirement but another part of me really never sees retirement or the end as an option. I do not feel approaching a project like this as a means/ends type thing. Starting this business was always, at its core, a way to raise money for the Texas Baptist Home for Children which is run by a friend of mine. So, with that in mind the goal is to be successful enough to continually donate funds to charities that support children in the foster care system. With that in mind I guess I would always be trying to support that cause.
For the business I would like for it to be self sustaining and I would want to eventually be an employer who challenges the current system by putting people above profits. Hopefully I can help carry the wave of conscientious, people-first entrepreneurs into the next generation.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I really enjoy the crafting of these products. Each batch is is unique in its own way. The best thing about creating products is that I get to learn a little more each time and dig a little deeper into the process. The process is a rotating mix of art and science. I make thing like beard oils, balms, and body washes but there is a level of attention to detail as well as a level of creativity when trying to create something that will be both functional and enjoyable to use. It is often hard process to make a new item because I will not market anything that I do not love. There is a two pronged process of falling in love with a new product. I must first like the way it makes me feel and then I must scrutinize that feeling in order to appropriately present it to my customers. More things will never see the light of day than will.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I really enjoy downtown Fort Worth. The scene, the atmosphere, and the restaurants are all amazing. One night we would have to grab a couple of craft beers at the Flying Saucer, then stroll on over to Texas De Brazil, catch a show at Four Day Weekend, and then spend the rest of the night singing at Pete’s Piano Bar. Certainly we would get over to the Coyote Drive-In, maybe try an catch a IMAX feature (I love movies, btw), get over to the River East neighborhood and do a bit of shopping at Born Late records and Creatively Beaut Good, and of course spend a solid day in the Stock Yards.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to recognize Luke Williams ( /in/lukehwilliams) who has been a mentor and really my entrepreneurial therapist. He has been an amazing advocate and motivator. I highly recommend anyone follow him on LinkedIn (above).