We had the good fortune of connecting with Leslie Flores and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Leslie, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Similar to change, risk is a scary thing to many; really, it’s the fear of the unknown. My personal mantra is, in Warren Buffet’s words, “Risk comes from not knowing what you’re doing.” There is always some inherent risk with any choice, as success is not guaranteed, but I’ve never let that scare away “jumps” throughout my life. My career tends to make most people say “wow THOSE are risky jumps!” In the finance industry, I went from the sale side to hedge funds followed by investment banking; while I enjoyed each of these roles, when I was presented the opportunity to learn commercial real estate, I jumped! That was definitely “scary” essentially starting my career over in an industry where I was clueless! Riskiest career jump you ask? Actually, after a decade-long commercial real estate career, becoming an entrepreneur definitely has been the boldest, but no risk no reward! Launching Moments By Design (MBD), by far, has brought the most career satisfaction, joy AND the most risks! Having taken so many risks in my career I was fortunate to have a diverse background in sales, operations, marketing, finance and procurement that has been beyond beneficial, Without these, the time it would have taken to start MBD would have been astronomical, and, likely, would have landed MBD in the trap so my startups fall into… failure to launch!
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Moments By Design (MBD) is proud to create custom party themes for our clients using sustainable (dishwasher safe or recyclable) partyware that’s manufactured in the USA! It hasn’t been an easy road by any means and this last year certainly threw us for a loop with parties and gatherings being cancelled across the country, but we partied our way through the year! For us that meant growing our B2B side, we were lucky enough to do virtual graduation party boxes for UT Southwestern Medical Center and so many other custom corporate clients! If anything this was a reminder that entrepreneurship is HARD and there’s no guarantees but if you want it bad enough you can still make it work! Our mission is to make life’s moments spectacular without taking up more of your time so you can CELEBRATE life with the people you LOVE!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
So much to do and see in DFW, but some of our fave spots are Legacy West, we tend to do progressive dinners there plus there’s fun shops and LOTS of great people watching! You can’t visit DFW without visiting Ft Worth, one of the yummy hideaway’s we love is Chef Point, which is a gas station converted into a delicious restaurant. Being a born and bred Texan I can’t let a friend visit and not have STEAK, so a visit to Pappa’s Bros. Steakhouse is always called for! Old Downtown McKinney Square and Grapevine are also great for visits, with cute stores, wineries and yummy food! We love spending a nice day with the fur babies at Klyde Warren Park, charcuterie picnic or food truck action definitely happens on those days! A visit to Dealey Plaza and the Sixth Floor Museum is always fun for my history buffs and we even have a samurai museum in Uptown that’s pretty awesome too! And of course for retail therapy you can’t go wrong with NorthPark, it has something for everybody!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
We all need help along the way, whether it be from mentors, friends, family or teammates, to get us through the ups and downs and sometimes to just remind us we can do it! Moments By Design (MBD) and I personally have been lucky enough to have the support of Syya Yasotornrat, the very talented co-founder of Innovation Media Enterprises (IME). Not only does she support and promote MBD, which is amazing and greatly appreciated but she provides a constant reminder of what hard work, networking and hustling can do! IME has had top notch guest speakers on their podcasts, from Olympians to Brigadier Generals, Chairman of the board for airlines and too many industry leaders to list! Syya, thanks for always making time to listen, help and support, MBD and I would be a tad bit more stressed without you!
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