The Macgyver of Marcom, Co-founder Chuck Hester has been passionate about paying it forward for over 15 years and brings that to Pay It Forward Tuesdays. Throughout his career, he has been focused on paying it forward to those around him. He takes over 40 years of marketing knowledge and experience to give amazing insights and knowledge.
I took the opportunity to sit down with Chuck and learn more about who he is.
If you could have lunch with anyone past or present, who would it be? Why?
Norman Corwin. Radio producer who wrote War of the Worlds for Radio with Orson Wells. He was a professor of mine at the University of Southern California who passed away a few years back. I would give anything to have a conversation with him again.
What is your biggest accomplishment in your professional life? How has it shaped who you are today?
Being on the team of directors who helped iContact get acquired from $169 million. The time I spent at iContact has informed me in my personal, and professional life. It’s where I first started teaching LinkedIn to executives and started paying it forward in the community through our Corporate Social Responsibility program.
What is the best piece of professional advice you have ever received? Who gave you that advice?
It’s not about you, it’s about how you treat others. Bob Burg, who also mentored me on “know, like, and trust.”
What does Pay it Forward mean to you?
Pay It Forward isn’t a “thing,” it’s a lifestyle. It’s who you are every day. Helping others, being grateful, making a difference.
What did you want to be when you were growing up?
A radio announcer. My uncles were in radio, and one was an announcer for Voice of America. It’s why I got my degree in broadcasting at USC. In a way, as a podcaster, I’m kinda living that dream!
What would the name of the autobiography of your life be?
How to Pay it Forward and Make a Difference
If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose? Why?
James Bond. I’m a fanatic! (Connery and Craig).
If you could learn to do anything, what would it be? Why?
Play the piano at a better than beginner level. I have a keyboard and tinker but I’m not that great!
What’s your favorite indoor/outdoor activity?
Seeing movies on the big screen. I LOVE going to the movies!