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Saturday, 13 October 2012 11:26

Pay it forward: Pete Brand, Co-founder, Mindscape at Hanon McKendry

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Pay it forward: Pete Brand, Co-founder, Mindscape at Hanon McKendry PHOTO: Elijah Brumback
After completing an assignment in sixth grade that had him rifling through the help wanted ads in the local newspaper to find the job of his dreams, Pete Brand knew he wanted to be an entrepreneur. As the co-founder of Mindscape at Hanon McKendry, he is constantly engaging businesspeople with startup ideas. Using his expertise to help others launch their own businesses, Brand goes one step further, putting confidence behind each person he works with in and out of the office.

After co-founding Mindscape in 2001, Brand has overseen his company’s growth year after year. But the momentum he is working with now wasn’t always behind him. Like many people, Brand battled his share of personal issues, including the not-so-distant passing of a loved one and the financial insecurity of being an entrepreneur with a dream.

With those days in the rear view, Brand is using his experience to help others bounce back.

“What drives me is helping people realize they are significant,” he said. “Whether you’re homeless or a multi-billionaire, people’s biggest fear is not mattering.”

Through his work mentoring entrepreneurs or his efforts on the board of Family Promise, an organization that provides hospitality services to families in crisis, Brand is committed to empowering people so they can get their lives on track.

“It’s really easy to watch the guy get out of his BMW wearing a slick suit and think that’s what success looks like,” he said.

To Brand that’s not the kind of inspiration people need. Instead people need to look inward and promote their strengths.

“If I can help people realize happiness and not sell out and spend all of their time and effort doing something they hate just to pay the bills, that’s my goal,” he said.

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Elijah Brumback

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