Happy Birthday, Jonathan!

Posted April 15, 2020 by Alyssa Stahr

This week we celebrate Jonathan Galbreath’s birthday by taking a deep dive into his life with our top 5 questions we’ve always wanted to know about him. From travel, to tech, to death row, we’ve uncovered some good stuff about Jonathan during his birthday week.

You’ve run a successful business for more than 15 years. What’s the secret?

There’s really no secret, just a lot of clichés that are very true. There are several things that I think foster growth and success, but here are my top 5.
1. Be yourself – Hopefully you’re smart and a good person. People inevitably buy you.
2. Surround yourself with good people – Character beats talent. I’ll hire a “good” candidate before “the best” if it comes down to just being able to have a simple conversation.
3. Know your worth – The proverbial, “How much do I charge?” oftentimes is based on insecurity. Being confident when sending out a proposal is important. 99 times out of 100, it doesn’t come down to dollars, it comes down to you.
4. Take risks – Risk always equals reward if your are open and insightful. There is a lot to be gained from success, and even failure.
5. Listen to your gut – It’s your greatest asset. It is, you. And, it will always lead you to the right decision.

If required by law you had to get a full body tattoo, what would it be and why?

I’ve contemplated tattoos for years. Being a designer and dealing with the tiniest measurements all day … the thought of someone else permanently drawing on my body freaks me out. That being said, “if required by law,” I had to get a full body tattoo, I would probably get my full self, on myself? I could benefit from some shading/body contouring.

Oh, I do like birds. No particular species. Just the freedom of birds. But Portlandia’s “Put a Bird on It.” kinda squashed that tattoo possibility.

If expenses, responsibilities, etc. were not factors, what country would you move to?

Japan, hands down. Orderly and chaotic. Reserved and audacious. Modern and ancient. It’s magical. There are a lot of places I haven’t been, but of the countries I’ve been to, it’s the one where I want to go back to as much as possible.

Would you rather lose all your technology devices or lose every picture you have ever taken?

I think the expected response might be to lose all the tech. But, I think I’d rather lose all of my photographs. My images are online for me to look at and be reminded of how I felt and why I think travel is important. There is a deep sense of satisfaction when I capture an image that I consider “wall worthy” – I’ve made myself happy and that’s what counts. If it makes someone else happy – that’s a bonus. So, if I lost all tech devices, I wouldn’t be able to continue that process moving forward.

You’re on death row. What’s your final meal (drink included)?

I love food (obviously with a food and bev agency) and 20 things popped into my mind within seconds. So, I’ll just say the first things that popped into my mind: Impossible Burger and Perennial Artisan Ales Saison de Lis. I would have imagined saying something more cultural or possibly a rare delicacy, but my mouth started watering when I thought about a fat patty of smeat. As far as beer, I live in a great beer town, but the lack of saison or farmhouse beers is tough. Saison de Lis might be my fav. Traditional, with a twist.

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